Here's mine in a poser shot the day I brought it home. A '12 Nissan Xterra Pro4x 6MT. Compared to the base, this one comes with upgraded suspension, thin skid plates(as opposed to none) and rear locker. I don't wheel much, I just wanted something offroad worthy in its stock form as once in a while, I like leaving the pavement sometimes driving across a ditch or over an embankment to go onto an old fire or logging road. Those old roads are often washed out and have some mud.
If I was a serious wheeler, I'd replace the bumper, add thicker skid plates and sliders.
A Jeep was not a consideration for a few reasons: local dealer burnt me when I had a Jeep and I hold a grudge, an unlimited Ruby is more expensive than a Pro4x due to financing rate, and the lower towing capacity. The first reason was the main one.
Only upgrade I did to it was ditch the BFG Rugged Trail(pavement only tire even if the name says otherwise) in exchange for GoodYear Duratracs.