2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

  • 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 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 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 us...

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

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Telephone Pole Climber

by Land.Crusher from Spokane, WA on June 9, 2018

This thing lives up to it's name. It'll go anywhere. I've owned a multitude of 4X4s including an old 57 Willy's. I even sold Toyotas in my mid to late 1980s car selling days. I love those old Land ... Read full review

(5.0)

Only car I have ever thought I will keep forever

by gbert from Wausau, WI on January 7, 2018

FJ Cruiser is best vehicle I have owned and only car I have ever said "I'm keeping this forever"! No mechanical problems yet and 145,000 and going strong on 2012 Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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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