2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Unique, youthful styling
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Versatile interior
  • Good crash-test scores
  • Above-average reliability

The Bad

  • Few standard features
  • Gas mileage
  • Backseat roominess
  • Three-star rollover rating

Notable Features of the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

  • New Special Edition model
  • New audio system
  • Standard locking rear differential
  • Standard iPod connection and satellite radio
  • Rollover-sensing curtain airbags

2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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 off-road themed SUVs, like the Nissan Xterra and Jeep Wrangler.

New for 2011
A new Trails Team Special Edition model includes an Army Green exterior paint job and  black bumpers, front grille and door handles. An off-road package is standard on this model, and other upgrades include a rearview camera integrated into the rearview mirror, illumination markers for the side mirrors, a multi-information display and unique exterior badging. Also new for 2011 are a standard locking rear differential, what Toyota says is improved visibility and rear-seat access. Finally, there is standard iPod connection to go along with standard satellite radio.

Exterior
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 belt line and short windows bear more resemblance to a Hummer than to the FJ40's tall cab. Exterior features include:

  • Windshield has three wipers
  • Rear-hinged access doors facilitate backseat entry
  • Rear swing gate with spare tire
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Available off-road package with 16-inch wheels, which accommodate higher sidewalls and more cushioning from the tires

Interior
A rectangular, trucklike dashboard incorporat...

Vehicle Overview

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 off-road themed SUVs, like the Nissan Xterra and Jeep Wrangler.

New for 2011
A new Trails Team Special Edition model includes an Army Green exterior paint job and  black bumpers, front grille and door handles. An off-road package is standard on this model, and other upgrades include a rearview camera integrated into the rearview mirror, illumination markers for the side mirrors, a multi-information display and unique exterior badging. Also new for 2011 are a standard locking rear differential, what Toyota says is improved visibility and rear-seat access. Finally, there is standard iPod connection to go along with standard satellite radio.

Exterior
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 belt line and short windows bear more resemblance to a Hummer than to the FJ40's tall cab. Exterior features include:

  • Windshield has three wipers
  • Rear-hinged access doors facilitate backseat entry
  • Rear swing gate with spare tire
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Available off-road package with 16-inch wheels, which accommodate higher sidewalls and more cushioning from the tires

Interior
A rectangular, trucklike dashboard incorporates a prominent square panel with stereo and climate controls. An optional gauge cluster that sits above the middle air vents can display a compass, outside temperature and vehicle pitch readouts. Door inserts and dashboard panels can be matched to the FJ Cruiser's exterior color. Exterior features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks
  • Six-speaker CD stereo
  • Water-resistant seat fabric
  • Folding 60/40-split backseat
  • Optional power mirrors and a six-CD changer

Under the Hood
FJ Cruisers are available in rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations. They all use the same 4.0-liter V-6 engine. Mechanical features include:

  • 260-hp V-6 with 271pounds-feet of torque
  • Two-wheel-drive FJ Cruiser gets five-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel-drive models get either the automatic or a six-speed manual
  • 4WD includes a two-speed transfer case with a 2.57:1 low-range ratio
  • Skid plates, mud guards and tow hooks
  • Standard locking rear differential
  • Off-road package adds Bilstein shock absorbers and a special locking rear differential that communicates and cooperates with the brake-based traction control
  • 5,000-pound towing capacity

Safety
The FJ earned the top score of Good in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests. There is a roll-sensing feature that works with the side curtain airbags to deploy them in the event of a rollover. There are also standard active front head restraints; they move forward in a rear-end collision to restrict head movement. Safety features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The "Funnest" car I've ever driven.

by Mannyv from Tampa on March 25, 2018

As a person that enjoys the outdoors and days at the beach, this car has been my perfect companion. It has all the room i need for my golf clubs, beach equipment and misc items. Its also super fun to ... Read full review

(5.0)

This thing is a beast but great on gas for a SUV

by Aprakes from Roanoke, Va on February 9, 2018

LOVE it! Excellent build, great engine and reliable vehicle. Wished the had a all black top that you could get instead of the white, but other than that I loved it ! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser currently has 7 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Toyota
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The FJ Cruiser received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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