Toyota's retro-styled FJ Cruiser SUV re-creates some of the 1958 FJ40's original charm. With seating for five passengers, the FJ competes with similar offroad themed SUVs, like the Nissan Xterra, Jeep Wrangler and Hummer H3.
New for 2009
The FJ gains a few safety features for 2009, including a roll-sensing feature linked with the side airbags, as well as active head restraints. There are also a few new exterior colors.
The FJ Cruiser sports boxy styling and a dirt-friendly interior. The front styling is a throwback to the original FJ40, as are the FJ Cruiser's white roof and wraparound rear-quarter windows. Other elements are not so faithful: A high beltline and short windows bear more resemblance to Hummer's current lineup than to the FJ40's tall cab.
- Windshield includes three wipers
- Rear-hinged access doors facilitate backseat entry
- Rear swing gate with spare tire
- 17-inch steel wheels
- Available 17-inch alloy wheels
- Available offroad package with 16-inch wheels, which accommodate higher sidewalls and more cushioning from the tires
A rectangular, truck-like dashboard incorporates a prominent square panel with stereo and climate controls. A compass, outside temperature display and vehicle pitch readouts are available in an optional gauge cluster that sits above the middle air vents. Door inserts and dashboard panels can be matched to the FJ Cruiser's exterior color.
- Air conditioning
- Power windows and door locks
- Six-speaker CD stereo
- Water-resistant seat fabric
- Folding 60/40-split backseat
- Optional remote keyless entry, cruise control, power mirrors and a six-CD changer
Under the Hood
FJ Cruisers are available in two- and four-wheel-drive configurations; they all use the same 4.0-liter V-6 engine.
- 239-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 with 278 pounds-feet of torque
- Two-wheel-drive FJ Cruiser gets standard five-speed automatic transmission
- Four-wheel-drive models get either the automatic or a six-speed manual
- Optional dealer-installed supercharger boosts output to 304 hp and 334 pounds-feet of torque
- 4WD includes locking rear differential and two-speed transfer case with a 2.57:1 low-range ratio
- 9.6 inches of ground clearance in four-wheel-drive FJ Cruiser
- Skid plates, mud guards and tow hooks
- Offroad package adds Bilstein shock absorbers, an additional engine air cleaner and a special locking rear differential that communicates and cooperates with the brake-based traction control
- Available 5,000-pound towing capacity
The FJ earned Good results in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests. New for 2009 is a roll-sensing feature that works with the side-impact and side curtain airbags to deploy them in the event of a rollover. Active head restraints are also new; they move forward in a collision to restrict head movement.
- Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
- Electronic stability system
- Front-seat-mounted rollover-sensing side-impact and side curtain airbags
- Active front head restraints