About the Toyota FJ Cruiser
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is known for its tough off road capabilities. Underneath the hood is a powerful engine that blows a lot of other SUVs out of the water.
The wheels are designed to cover a lot of ground while providing stability in offroad situations. The front suspension is made with a double-wishbone design with a solid rear axis. This makes the vehicle supple over hills but strong in long stretches of road. The fun translates well to paved roads.
Inside the vehicle are a lot of standard features. Plush driver and passenger seats provide a smooth ride for all. The outside of the vehicle has a very appealing style as well.
Slight drawbacks include a somewhat uncomfortable back seat area, especially when off-roading. Entry to the rear seating area is also uncomfortable, and severe blind spots curb the safety of driving the vehicle in busy traffic areas. Toyota FJ Cruiser Features
The Toyota FJ Cruiser comes in three different models: the FJ Cruiser 4x2, 4x4 six-speed manual, and the 4x4 five-speed automatic.
All models have the 4.0-liter V-6 DOHC 24-valve engine with Dual Independent Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) system. The engine produces 260 horses at 5600 RPM and 271 lb-ft of torque. The engine starts using the Toyota Direct Ignition (TDI) system.
The five-speed manual is an Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with Intelligence (ECT-i) system. The six-speed manual transmission is only available on the full time four-wheel drive vehicle. Active traction control is available as a package option on the four-wheel drive options.
All FJ Cruisers have a power assisted four-piston front disc brake for superior control in offroad situations.
Fuel economy is not amazing on the FJ Cruiser. The 4x2 and automatic 4x4 gets 17/20 mpg city/highway, while the manual 4x4 gets 15/18 mpg city/highway.
The exterior is stylish. All vehicles have a multi-reflector halogen headlamp with an automatic off feature. The body paint is two-tone, with the body color offset by a white roof. The FJ Cruiser has black overfenders with black front and rear mudguards. The bumpers are a stylish black with metallic silver trim.
The 17-inch wheels come standard but 17-inch alloy wheels are also available. Also available for those interested in stylish wheels are 16-inch, six-spoke alloy wheels. On the back of the vehicle is a lift-up glass hatch for easy load-in and load-out.
The interior has a lot of standard options. Included is Sirius radio and iPod connectivity with a JBL system available as a package option. Water resistant, fabric-trimmed front seats with a 60/40 split in the back are standard.
All vehicles come fully equipped with stability control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and smart stop technology. Driver and passenger airbags are installed, as well as curtain airbags to prevent major injury during a crash. Side impact door beams are installed in case an accident occurs.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser starts at $25,990 for the 4X2, $27,170 for the 4X4 manual and $27,580 for the 4X4 automatic. A special Army green edition is available by special order. Toyota FJ Cruiser Evolution
The Toyota FJ Cruiser was introduced in 2007. Not a lot of changes were made since the vehicle was released. The 4.0-liter engine produced 239 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. It was equipped with 17-inch steel wheels and got slightly better fuel economy at 17/21 mpg city/highway.
The 2007 model year had side curtain airbags as an option. If you pick up a used 2007, check to ensure it has the side curtains for the best safety. In 2008, the side curtains were standard. The 2009 FJ Cruiser was the first to offer the rear camera backup assist, which is integral when parking the FJ Cruiser in a tight parking spot. Seek out models with the camera feature. Increased engine power was also introduced in 2010.