2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser

  • 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

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2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

Offering drivers the capability to cruise over any type of terrain.

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The 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a two-door sport-utility vehicle (SUV) that looks and performs like an off-road all-terrain vehicle. It is known for being one of the very few two-door SUVs offered by any car manufacturer. It is also backed by the legendary Toyota reputation of reliability, quality, and longevity. Drivers will also like the fuel efficiency of the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser. The fuel economy is 15/20 mpg city/highway, and it received a low-emission vehicle rating. This fuel economy is very efficient for a full-size SUV, especially one that is as utility-oriented as the FJ. Given all of its off-road and rugged capabilities, the fuel economy makes the 2008 FJ Cruiser a great value. The FJ Cruiser’s rugged styling gives it the appearance of a safari buggy or all-terrain vehicle. While it is available in two-wheel drive, most drivers purchase the four-wheel-drive version. Another good thing about the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser is the ability for customers to customize exterior and interior accessories. Toyota offers many factory-built accessory choices so that each driver can make a unique FJ Cruiser of their own. This SUV is also very safe to drive in, receiving several top safety ratings from the International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a versatile, capable two-door SUV that is backed by Toyota quality.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door sport utility vehicle
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Toyota FJ Cruiser

What's New

The 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser has added standard side-curtain airbags this year.


This car comes in the following colors: bright blue, black, dark purple, and yellow. It’s a two-door sport utility vehicle that comes with 17-inch black steel wheels. Large, oversized off-road tires are mounted on the FJ Cruiser’s wheels for versatile outdoor capabilities. The wheel wells and bumpers are fitted with rugged plastic molding to protect the vehicle and provide a tough look. The exterior measurements for the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser are 74.6 inches wide, 71.3 inches tall, and 183.9 inches long. The front track is 63.2 inches, and the rear track is 63.6 inches. The wheelbase is 105.9 inches, and the towing capacity is 5000 pounds.


The front head room is 41.3 inches, and front hip room is 55.4 inches. The front leg room is 41.9 inches, and the front shoulder room is 55.4 inches. The rear hip room is 51.0 inches, and rear head room is 40.3 inches. The rear leg room is 31.3 inches, and rear shoulder room is 53.9 inches. The interior also includes a filtered air-conditioner, heating ducts, a spacious glove compartment, audio player with MP3 capability, power windows, and daytime running lights. The seats are water-repellent, making it a perfect vehicle for the beach, lake, or snow. The car’s interior also includes an auto-dimming rear view mirror and a Garmin GPS system. The FJ Cruiser is by no means a luxury vehicle as it remains consistent with its tough and rugged SUV identity.

Performance & Handling

The four-liter, V-6 engine produces 239 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, which is excellent for heavy-duty driving and long trips. The 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser offers great mileage for drivers and the transmission shifts gears well. This car moves nicely off the road, and the power steering works adequately. The rear door windows provide good visibility. Customers were pleased with how the brakes operated, and they enjoyed the crisp sound from the audio player. Other customers mentioned that they were pleased with the acceleration. Many customers also enjoyed the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser’s off-road capabilities. It is also a quiet vehicle on the road.


The 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser safety features include airbags, child seat anchors, front and rear headrests, seatbelt pre-tensioners, traction control, and child safety locks. Overall, this car received high safety ratings. Customers were especially impressed with the traction control and anti-lock brakes that alerted the driver when the tires stopped rotating.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota FJ Cruiser: 15/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Holds up well on muddy and bumpy roads
  • Power steering
  • Durable for long hours on the road
  • Good cargo space

You Won't Like

  • Lack of four-door access
  • Tires often need replacing

Sum Up

Offering drivers the capability to cruise over any type of terrain.

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