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2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

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The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a reliable SUV based on the FJ40 Land Cruiser that was sold between 1960 and 1985. Most people looking to buy an FJ Cruiser are off-roading enthusiasts. Although sales have been dropping over the past few years, there is still a strong enough following to keep it in production. It is not designed to be a luxury vehicle, but offers many qualities that one would expect from a luxury car.

Although there have been attempts to duplicate the Cruiser’s design, nothing on the market compares to its rugged style and exceptional features. Put that together with an enormous list of rock-solid safety features and Toyota’s reputation for delivering stable, reliable, and high-quality vehicles, and this is one car you will surely want to own.

New For 2013

The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser sees only minimal changes for this model year.

  • Power door mirrors with illuminated markers come standard
  • An upgraded Trail Teams Special Edition package, which includes many enhancements to the interior and exterior.

Exterior

The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser has a 184-inch length, 75-inch width, 71-inch height, nine-inch ground clearance, 106-inch wheelbase, and 4,000-pound curb weight. Its large dimensions give it an intimidating presence on the road. It has a boxy appearance and unique design that is described as rugged with a touch of retro.

The exterior features of the FJ Cruiser contribute to its unique appearance and off-road capabilities. Most notable are its massive 32-inch tires, floodlights mounted on its side mirrors, and three windshield wiper arms, which make it easier to clear mud off of the windshield. For more enhancements and style, a special edition package can be added at a cost.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser offers a contrasting mix of both ruggedness and comfort. It is built to accommodate up to five passengers, and its seats are very supportive and covered with water-resistant cloth fabric. Both front and rear passengers have plenty of room to move around, which makes long trips tolerable. Although cargo room is not incredibly huge, there is still sufficient room for carrying groceries or camping equipment.

The FJ Cruiser has a functional interior that contributes to its overall value. It has easy-to-read gauges, power windows and locks, and a high-quality audio system. Music lovers benefit from an optional six-CD changer. A Trail Teams Special Edition package incorporates many nifty enhancements.

Safety

The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes on all four wheels. There is also brake assist and electronic brake force distribution. An Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system is in place for improved handling. Driver and front passenger front and side-impact airbags are installed. There are also overhead airbags to protect occupants during a rollover or side collision. Front and rear seats have height-adjustable head restraints and a built-in whiplash protection system. Seatbelts have pre-tensioners that automatically tighten to help restrain passengers in the event of an accident. Rear seats have child seat anchors. Toyota’s STAR Safety System is on board. The IIHS conducted several crash tests on the Cruiser, producing ratings that range from acceptable to good.

Driving Experience

Every single 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser comes packed with a 4.0-liter, V-6 engine that cranks out 260-horsepower (hp) and 271 lb-ft of torque. In two-wheel-drive models, it is mated with a five-speed automatic transmission, while four-wheel-drive models have either an automatic or manual six-speed transmission. Acceleration is smooth and quite powerful, giving drivers the ability to move from a complete stop rapidly and easily pass other vehicles on two-lane roads. When equipped with the optional hitch receiver, it boasts a 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity.

The FJ Cruiser is built with an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs, teamed with a rigid beam rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. This setup helps ensure an amazingly smooth and stable ride. Handling is superb, allowing for easy maneuvering in traffic and the ability to take corners nicely. Steering is firm and predictable, and braking is excellent, leaving little to be desired. It is also more than suitable to handle off-road conditions. The only complaint would be its wide turning radius, which makes it difficult to park and turn around.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Toyota FJ-Cruiser

  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Dodge Durango
  • Ford Edge
  • Honda Pilot
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee

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