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2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

  • 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      260/271
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $25,790
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2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

Retro-styled SUV with power and punch

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a mid-size five-passenger sport utility vehicle (SUV) with retro styling that's both fun and functional. Powered by a DOHC 4.6 liter V-6 engine churning out 259 horsepower, the FJ Cruiser comes with rear-wheel drive as standard, featuring a five-speed automatic transmission and a limited-slip differential. If 4WD is selected, it can be a part-time system attached to the five-speed automatic or a full-time system attached to a six-speed manual and a locking rear differential.

Off road, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is very capable; however, commuters will also appreciate its virtues. The FJ Cruiser comes with Toyota's famous safety features, and its fuel economy is rated in the 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway range.

New for 2011

For 2011, Toyota offered the FJ Cruiser special edition in painted Army Green with matching seat inserts, black trim and grille, Bilstein shocks, locking rear differential, active traction control, and a new 10-speaker audio system. There's also a new Off-Road package, which replaces the All-Terrain package, and includes many of the mechanical features of the special edition.

Essentials

Engine: 4.0L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Body Style: SUV
Trim: Base Sport Utility

On the Outside

Based on the very popular FJ models from the 1950s through 1980s, the modern Toyota FJ Cruiser is distinguished by the same rounded lines but is much larger than the original.

From the Inside

The Toyota FJ Cruiser features power windows and door locks, water-resistant seats, air conditioning, and a tilt steering wheel. Also now standard are six-speaker audio, steering-wheel audio, and Bluetooth controls.

Driving Performance

Available with active traction control, a locking rear differential, and Bilstein shocks, the FJ Cruiser has plenty of ground clearance. Furthermore, a solid rear axle contributes to the FJ Cruiser's excellent off-road capability. However when on the road, the 4.0L V-6 engine is relatively powerful and torque is impressive, while the five-speed automatic is easy to use.

Safety Equipment

Standard on the FJ Cruiser are driver and passenger front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, and roll-sensing two-row side curtain airbags. In addition, four-wheel ABS with brake assist and brake-force distribution, traction and stability control, and brake override with 5A are standard.

Gas Mileage

FJ Cruiser: 17 mpg city/22 mpg hwy

Plusses

  • Cool retro styling
  • Excellent off-road capabilities
  • Smooth-running engine
  • New special edition

Minuses

  • Blind spots in rear
  • Cramped back seat

Rating

Retro-styled SUV with power and punch

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