2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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$26,115

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2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Unique, youthful styling
  • Versatile interior
  • Above-average reliability

The bad:

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

1 trim

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Notable features

  • 260-hp V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard locking rear differential
  • Standard iPod connection and satellite radio
  • Rollover-sensing curtain airbags

2012 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 people, the FJ competes with off-road-themed SUVs like the Nissan Xterra and Jeep Wrangler.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

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
  • Seventeen-inch wheels
  • Available TRD Package with 16-inch wheels, which accommodate higher sidewall tires for more cushioning

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. Interior features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks
  • Six-speaker CD stereo
  • Water-resistant seat fabric
  • Folding 60/40-split backseat
  • Optional 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-horsepower V-6 with 271 pounds-feet of torque
  • Two-wheel-drive model gets a five-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel-drive models get either the automatic or a six-speed manual
  • Four-wheel-drive includes a two-speed transfer case with a 2.57:1 low-range ratio
  • Skid plates, mud guards and tow hooks
  • Standard limited-slip rear differential
  • Off-Road Package features 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 overall score of Good in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests. A roll-sensing feature works with the side curtain airbags to deploy them in the event of a rollover. Active front head restraints are standard; they move forward in a rear-end collision to limit head movement. Standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Fantastic Vehicle

This thing is bullet proof. Oil changes and 1 battery change in 9 years is all that has been required. Amazing reliability. Ride is much smoother than one would imagine and overall feeling of safety in it. Feels like a tank but has plenty of power when needed.

4.9

Most reliable and fun vehicle I've ever owned

I've owned many vehicles in my life, and the FJ Cruiser has been the most reliable, fun, and off-road capable vehicle amongst them all. Whether, the off-road comes to you: blizzard/snow, rain/floods, or you seek it in forests and trails, the FJ can handle it with ease. The rig is customization ready and the more modifications you do, the more capable the FJ will get. The performance of the FJ blows away rigs that cost 4 or 5 times as much. If you get a chance to buy this hard to find rig, jump on the opportunity, regardless of mileage. It's 4.0L V6, 5-Speed transmission are Toyota's most reliable and is also shared with the 4Runner. The body of the FJ shares a lot of components with the Land Cruiser and is built to last - 100% Japanese made.

5.0

Most reliable car I have ever owned and so cool

Six speed manual transmission was a required mechanical aspect and this Toyota delivered what most other SUV’s with automatic transmissions cant. Highly recommended for the family off roader

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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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