• (4.9) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $18,011–$30,255
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19
  • Engine: 260-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 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 Reviews

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.

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

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

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

Consumer Reviews


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So much fun to drive

by AMDIII from Greenville SC on July 22, 2017

Only draw back is poor visibility when looking to see what is behind you. The doors to rear seat are a bit clunky. I can't say anything else negative about this car. I hav loved driving it these last... Read Full Review

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2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Safety Ratings

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There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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