2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser vs Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, and Nissan Xterra (866) 778-3304

With retro styling and rugged good looks, the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser returns with its impressive blend of on- and off-road capability. Equipped with a 4.0L DOHC V6 with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i), the FJ Cruiser can take drivers to the most remote locations and provide the power to ascend to new heights once they've arrived. The 2014 model year marks FJ Cruiser's last year in production. FJ Cruiser is likely to be shopped by anyone who's looking for a capable, go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle. the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser features an iconic design, and offers a level of quality, technology and attention to detail not found on Jeep Wrangler Unlimited or Nissan Xterra.

2014 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is a very capable off-road vehicle that gives Toyota FJ Cruiser 4WD a run for its money. However, FJ Cruiser provides more capability, greater payload capacity, additional off-road control features, six standard airbags and impressive comfort, all of which add up to a surefire off-road legend.

PERFORMANCE: The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser boasts a larger 4.0L V6 engine, while Jeep Wrangler utilizes a slightly smaller 3.6L V6. FJ Cruiser's engine puts out 271 lb.-ft. of torque, while the Jeep Wrangler produces 260 lb.-ft. of its own. The 2014 FJ Cruiser has more torque and a higher towing capacity.

RUGGED: FJ Cruiser comes standard with a rear locking differential, while Wrangler doesn't. Available CRAWL Control helps makes low-speed off-road driving easier by controlling the brakes and accelerator and letting drivers concentrate on steering while an available Multi-Information Display with inclinometer, compass and outside temperature conveniently relays helpful data to the driver. Another feature not available on Wrangler is an upgraded suspension, as FJ offers a trail-tuned Bilstein suspension for enhanced performance.

COMFORT: The 2014 FJ Cruiser comes standard with a USB port and Bluetooth wireless technology to expand audio playback capabilities and deliver hands-free integration of media players and compatible phones. Both come in a Connectivity package that costs extra on Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. FJ Cruiser also comes standard with a backup camera, which isn't available on Wrangler. 

VALUE: ToyotaCare is standard with the purchase of a new FJ Cruiser, which includes a no-cost factory scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years, unlimited miles. Jeep doesn't offer any similar complimentary maintenance service for Wrangler.

STRENGTH: The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a certified heavyweight and has a higher payload and maximum tow capacity ratings than Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, making it easier to haul whatever you need to begin your adventure. What's more, FJ Cruiser towing capacity is SAE J2807 certified, meaning that it's held to the premier standard set by none other than the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). With this third party certification, customers can trust that FJ's towing numbers are a true and accurate representation of exactly what it can do.

SAFETY: The 2014 FJ Cruiser comes with more comprehensive safety features which include standard roll sensing side curtain airbags with cut-off switch and standard back up camera in its safety offerings, a measure of protection that Jeep Wrangler makes available for an extra charge.

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2014 Nissan Xterra is a well-built, enduring SUV that is as ready for off-road adventures as it is for the daily commute. It does not feature the same value or technology that 2014 FJ Cruiser does though, as it lacks the protection of ToyotaCare, does not hold its value over time as well as FJ Cruiser does, according to KBB.com. FJ Cruiser continues to show why it leads the pack when it comes to SUVs.

CAPABILITY: The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser offers several different feature packages that raise the bar of off-road capability for those looking to explore the road less traveled. FJ Cruiser's Off-Road Package, available on all 4x4 models (6MT requires 17-in. alloy wheels), steps up FJ's off-road performance and includes a few features unavailable on Nissan Xterra. FJ Cruiser's available Crawl Control (CRAWL) automatically modulates the throttle and brakes with five low-speed settings so drivers need only steer. Xterra offers no comparable feature.

Ready to Blaze its own Trails: FJ Cruiser's off-road capability is turned up to 11 when equipped with the available Trail Teams Ultimate Package, which in addition to the features below adds complimenting features like a Heritage Blue exterior color including the roof, white grille, gray fabric insert seats, a Trail Teams exterior badge and Ultimate Edition dash plaque.

PAYLOAD: Plenty of muscle to go Despite Xterra's slight advantage in horsepower and torque, FJ Cruiser has a higher payload capacity in all three trim levels, making it that much easier to load up what you need for your adventures.

CONVENIENCE: 2014 FJ Cruiser comes equipped with the features you'd expect from a game-changing Toyota SUV, including power mirrors, backup camera, parking sensors and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. 2014 Xterra doesn't have any of these options available on its 2WD model.

VALUE: A better long-term value 2014 FJ Cruiser 4x2 has a lower five-year cost of ownership than 2014 Nissan Xterra X, according to Intellichoice.com. Additionally, 2014 FJ Cruiser has the Best Resale Value in its class, also according to Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com.

PEACE OF MIND: Added ownership benefits ToyotaCare is standard with the purchase of a new FJ Cruiser, which includes a factory scheduled maintenance program with 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Xterra does not come with any of these crucial services from Nissan.

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