2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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$25,790

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2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

1 trim

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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 review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Extremely Reliable, Great Resale Value.

Very reliable, great Resale Value, very capable off-road, very rugged look, smooth ride, always dependable, head - turner, and all around great Toyota. Let's go places.

5.0

MY BELOVED FJ!

I've owned this FJ for 8 years, and had a 2007 FJ before this one. I absolutely LOVE this vehicle. It's been amazingly sound without any problems. All it has needed has been regular maintenance and eventual tire and battery replacements, due to regular use. It breaks my heart to part with my friend, though my needs have changed and must do so.

4.6

Fun vehicle

Has a thumping sub system installed, ATRAC crawl system, disc brakes all around. Many aftermarket items offered for these models. Built real well many cruiser and Tacoma parts fit.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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