Toyota FJ Cruiser Reviews

2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4 from North America

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 4x4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired28 miles
Most recent distance17665 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

LOVE IT, would not part with

Faults:

With my FJ Cruiser, not a thing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

Where to start? The car is above anything I expected.

I have added to it ex grill guard, remote start, running boards and rain guards.

It is not real comfortable in the back seat if everyone has long legs.

Works great, even with a car seat for a toddler.

Have great luck with this car in all weathers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2011

2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Special Edition 4.0 from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance5250 miles
Previous carHyundai Sonata

Summary:

All-terrain tires and Bilstein shocks make the FJ very fun to drive

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

All-terrain tires and Bilstein shocks make the FJ very fun to drive. Can't wait to see how it is in the snow.

I have always liked the FJ Cruiser, but I didn't want a truck being one color and the top of the FJ being white. So when I saw the all White (Iceberg) FJ with black trim and black wheels, I went out and bought it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2009

16th Jan 2009, 16:57

I love my FJ Cruiser. This is the first truck I have owned. When I first bought the truck, I shifted the FJ in 2WD on the highway and 4WD in the city (a lot of shifting on the fly). I read on Wikipedia that you should only operate in 4WD mode on slippery surfaces without binding and possible damage to the 4WD system. I did not know this when I bought the FJ. I hope I did not mess the truck up. There is a big difference between 4WD and AWD.

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser B- package V6 gas from North America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission V6 gas Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70 kilometres
Previous carJeep Liberty

Summary:

Great vehicle to drive, and looks good too

Faults:

I have owned the vehicle for a few weeks. ...No complaints; no problems.

General Comments:

I was afraid to parallel park for the first few days, as the rear visibility takes a bit to get used to. (I think it's because of the smaller rear window from what I've been used to)...However, after a few weeks of ownership, I feel quite comfortable backing up.

It is strange when you first "jump up" into this vehicle. You almost feel like you're sitting in the rear seat. I guess this is due to the windshield which is positioned further ahead than normal, and in an upright configuration. Further, this is the first vehicle I've ever got into that I actually had to pull the seat ahead. I'm not one of those drivers who cruises along with their wrists and elbows flopped over the wheel. Rather, I prefer to drive with my arms fully extended. Personally, I would have liked the seat to be able to raise up a bit higher, but I think the large head room gives one the impression he is sitting a tad low.

At any rate, the forward and side visibility is excellent. In fact, I commented to the salesman about the great panoramic view that this vehicle affords. He said he would use this observation for future sales.

...I absolutely love the roomy interior of the FJ Cruiser, and the dash layout is perfect. I used to own an Expedition, and for comfort and roominess, this Cruiser is right up there with it. (Especially for the seat comfort and roominess between the two front seats.)

The vehicle has got great lines to it, and definitely draws the spectators. I wanted the roof rack, as I think it helps with the over all look...Not to mention it's actually built to carry stuff. A few have commented on how heavy duty it looks.

With regards to power and gas mileage...Well I was used to the gutless "lemon" Liberty that I owned for a few years...But pulling out to pass with this guy, and you'd swear there was a V-8 under the hood...I'm not a "how many miles to the gallon", sort of a guy...If I had wanted to get great gas mileage, I would have opted for a Geo or a Smart car. There is always a trade-off...Personally, I prefer to travel in style where I can actually extend my arms and legs, and yet still have room for those in the rear seat...If I have to pay a bit more for gas; so be it.

The book calls for 91 octane gas; however, our local pump has 87, 89, and 94...I've been using 89, and haven't noticed any pinging yet. Mind you, I live at 2800 feet. (I've heard altitude can make a difference.)

All in all... I'm really happy with every aspect of this vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2006

10th Oct 2006, 10:11

Hello... The operators of this web site have designated my FJ Cruiser as a 2006 model...It is actually a 2007 model, purchased in 2006.

10th Oct 2006, 13:47

To the author of this review: As I understand it, because of the lessened amount of oxygen available at higher altitudes, a fuel will run at a "higher octane" levels, to some degree balancing out the lessened oxygen. So, that 89 you're putting in might still be too low, but it's within a level that the computer can correct for.

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4.0 V6 from North America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous carSuzuki XL7

Summary:

Fun, best performer overall

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

I bought the FJ for the power train... but I love the handling and comfort.

Had no problems so far - I drove it across the US twice. My best tank was 25MPG.

I went to Moab UTAH off road on very tough trails. Hells revenge –did tip over challenge-, cliff hanger, fangs & things. All this in stock form with no squeaks/rattles or any other type of failure. The A-Track works great on the rocks, but not very well on sand use the locker... Ground clearance and departure angles are great.

I owned several vehicles: Mercedes Benz 280SEL, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60, Suzuki Samurai, XL7, but so far this is the best performer overall.

I would probably change the tires since they look small and thin.

Love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2006

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews