OverviewTOYOTA FJ CRUISER
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a rugged, two-door SUV that bears a slight similarity to the old FJ40 Land Cruiser. In more modern comparisons, it's closer to the Jeep Wrangler in terms of size and off-road capability. However, the FJ Cruiser is more well-mannered on the highway than the more utilitarian Wrangler, and it comes with Toyota's reliability.
Everyday Driving AbilityCapable off-road vehicles can be uncomfortable and difficult for daily driving, but the FJ Cruiser delivers plenty of on-road power and comfort with a roomy front cabin and a 4.0-liter V6 engine putting out 260 horsepower. Toyota's A-Trac system provides traction control both on and off-road, which makes the FJ Cruiser an ideal companion in inclement weather.
Off-Road PerformanceThe FJ Cruiser shines the most when it leaves the pavement with its two-speed four-wheel drive system and available locking rear differential. The abundant ground clearance and steep angles enable it to take on a variety of off-road conditions like bogging and rock-crawling. Features like large tires, available mirror floodlights and an inclinometer allow it to be one of the most reliable off-road vehicles in Toyota's used SUV stable.
Striking ExteriorIf you want a vehicle that stands out, it's hard to beat the FJ Cruiser's exterior styling. With its tall profile, retro grille with round headlights and boxy shape, it's not one to be easily lost in a crowded parking lot. A wide array of available colors and a two-tone paint job add to the retro feel.
VisibilityOne thing about the FJ Cruiser's exterior styling is that the windows are narrow with large pillars. This creates some outward visibility issues, which particularly affect backing up and changing lanes. However, Toyota did add a rearview camera as standard equipment for the 2014 model year to help with these issues.
Interior Styling and FeelThe interior of the FJ Cruiser was designed with rugged readiness in mind, which means that the interior lacks some of the luxurious, higher-end features of many modern SUVs. Inside, you'll find a combination of basic and durable materials. The seats are constructed with water-resistant upholstery, and the floor is outfitted with rubber mats for easy cleaning. The dash controls feature large knobs that are easy to rotate while wearing gloves. Despite the roomy front cabin, the back seat is fairly cramped and somewhat difficult to access thanks to the small rear doors; however, the back seat is a great size for children.
Optional ExtrasOptions for the FJ Cruiser are rather sparse with keyless entry, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror being some of the more attractive ones. An off-road package is also available to upgrade the FJ Cruiser's already strong capabilities.