Toyota hasn’t changed the look of the FJ Cruiser since its introduction, quite a few years ago. And it hasn’t messed with its off-road toughness and trail prowess. That’s good, because much of the FJ Cruiser’s appeal rests on those two things. There are few vehicles that nail a blend of retro and contemporary so well, and it serves to produce an almost ageless design, looking a bit like a vintage 1960s-era FJ40, crossed with modern cues from the 4Runner and Land Cruiser, with a MINI Cooper-like edge.
Off-road ability is first and foremost. The 2011 FJ Cruiser is built from some of the same components as the last-generation Toyota 4Runner, so it shines off-road—especially when considering its shortened wheelbase and additional ground clearance. Skid plates protect the underbody, and components are tucked into frame rails. Suspension tuning aims to get good wheel articulation without making too many on-road sacrifices, and the FJ can ford up to 27.5 inches of water; approach and departure angles for the FJ are among the best of any stock vehicle.
The 4.0-liter aluminum-block V-6 makes 260 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque, and it feels very strong from a standing start either with a five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission—and with the engine upgrade it received last year, it now can muster faster highway passes.
- 17\" Wheels
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Air Conditioning
- Anti-theft Protection
- CDR Audio
- Floor Mats
Gas Mileage17 mpg City/22 mpg Hwy
EPA ClassSport Utility Vehicle
Style NameRWD 4dr Auto (GS)
DrivetrainRear Wheel Drive
Transmission5-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission (ECT)