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2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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$20,498 — $34,926 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
18 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Unique, youthful styling
  • Versatile interior
  • Off-road potential

The Bad

  • Few standard features
  • Gas mileage
  • Backseat roominess

What to Know

about the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • 260-hp V-6
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard iPod connection and satellite radio
  • Rollover-sensing curtain airbags

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Vehicle Overview

Toyota's retro-styled FJ Cruiser SUV recreates some of the 1958 FJ40's original charm. With seating for five people, the FJ competes with off-road-oriented SUVs like the Nissan Xterra and Jeep Wrangler. An off-road Trail Teams Special Edition is available, bringing standard rock rails, special badging, door sill scuff plates, TRD 16-inch wheels, an electronically controlled locking rear differential and Bilstein shocks.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
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
  • Power side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • 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. I...

Vehicle Overview

Toyota's retro-styled FJ Cruiser SUV recreates some of the 1958 FJ40's original charm. With seating for five people, the FJ competes with off-road-oriented SUVs like the Nissan Xterra and Jeep Wrangler. An off-road Trail Teams Special Edition is available, bringing standard rock rails, special badging, door sill scuff plates, TRD 16-inch wheels, an electronically controlled locking rear differential and Bilstein shocks.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
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
  • Power side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • 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
  • 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. Additional standard safety features include:

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
25 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(4.0)

Very reliable and great for off road and winter dr

by Pete from Idaho Falls, ID on January 16, 2019

Traded in Lexus sc430 and rav4 to buy when moving from Florida to Idaho. Great 4 wheel driver for cross country, 4 wheeling. Only drawback is gas efficiency. Read full review

(4.0)

A Jeep Wrangler Contender

by ToYotaFJtundra from Flushing New York on December 5, 2018

It’s a tank, huge and heavy. If it wasn’t for the Toyota engine I wouldn’t have consider it. It’s one of those cars you either hate it or love it. Looks depends on how much work you put in. Just like ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 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.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

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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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