Compare Nissan Xterra vs. Jeep Wrangler vs. Toyota FJ Cruiser

Compare the Nissan Xterra against the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota FJ Cruiser. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Xterra, Wrangler and FJ Cruiser stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Xterra, Wrangler and FJ Cruiser. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

Standard Standard
Optional Optional
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2013 Nissan Xterra 2013 Jeep Wrangler 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2013 Nissan Xterra 2013 Jeep Wrangler 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2WD 4dr Auto X
  • 2WD 4dr Auto X
  • 2WD 4dr Auto S
  • 4WD 4dr Auto X
  • 4WD 4dr Manual S
  • 4WD 4dr Auto S
  • 4WD 4dr Manual Pro-4X
  • 4WD 4dr Auto Pro-4X
4WD 2dr Sport
  • 4WD 2dr Freedom Edition *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 2dr Sport
  • 4WD 4dr Freedom Edition *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 4dr Sport
  • 4WD 2dr Moab *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 2dr Sahara
  • 4WD 4dr Sport RHD
  • 4WD 2dr Rubicon
  • 4WD 4dr Moab *Ltd Avail*
  • 4WD 4dr Sahara
  • 4WD 4dr Rubicon
RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (Natl)


MSRP $22,940 $22,395 $27,030
Invoice $21,745 $21,808 $25,138
Avg. Paid $17,746 $22,673 $26,890

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 6.9 8.2
Critics' Rating 7.8 8.3 7.6
Performance 7.5 7.9 7.6
Interior 6.9 7.0 7.1
Cost to Own 8.8 8.6 8.5
Safety 8.8 5.7 9.0
Reliability 3.5 2.0 4.5

Pros & Cons

  • Good off-road capability
  • Useful cargo hauling features
  • Outstanding off-road ability
  • Great off-road capability
  • Straightforward, durable cabin
  • Difficult to find optimal driving position
  • Lackluster handling
  • Cramped rear seat in base model
  • Rough on-road performance
  • Low reliability rating
  • Poor fuel economy for the class
  • Cramped rear seats

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 4.0L/241 Gas V6 3.6L/231 Gas V6 4.0L/241
MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy 17 City / 21 Hwy 16 City / 20 Hwy



Body Style Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility


Wheelbase(in) 106.3 95.4 105.9
Length, Overall (in) 178.7 152.8 183.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 73.7 75.0
Height, Overall (in) 74.9 70.9 71.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Optional Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Optional Optional
Power Windows Standard Optional Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Hardtop Optional
Convertible Soft Top Standard
Targa Roof Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4148 3760 4050

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Optional
Tires - Front On/Off Road Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Optional
Tires - Rear On/Off Road Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Standard Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Optional Optional
Power Door Locks Standard Optional Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Optional
Power Driver Mirror Optional Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 99.8 88.4 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 41.3 41.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.0 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 55.8 58.4
Front Hip Room (in) 55.9 55.6 55.4
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 40.3 40.3
Second Leg Room (in) 34.4 35.6 31.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 61.6 53.9
Second Hip Room (in) 46.1 44.7 51.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 65.7 55.0 66.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 36.3 12.8 27.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Optional Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Optional Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Optional Optional
Four Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 4.0L/241 3.6L/231 4.0L/241
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 261 @ 5600 285 @ 6400 260 @ 5600
Torque (Net @ RPM) 281 @ 4000 260 @ 4800 271 @ 4400
Transmission Automatic Manual Automatic
Turning diameter 37.6 34.9 40.7


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 17 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 21 20
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 18.6 19.0


Suspension Type - Front Double wishbone Live Axle Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-leaf Live Axle 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Solid Axle w/Coil Springs


Automatic Standard Optional Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard Optional Standard
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

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