2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Key specs

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The good:

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

The bad:

  • Few standard features
  • Gas mileage
  • Backseat roominess

1 trim

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Notable features

  • 260-hp V-6
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard iPod connection and satellite radio
  • Rollover-sensing curtain airbags

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser review: Our expert's take

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.
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

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

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Most reliable car I’ve owned.

This car is the most fun of any car I’ve ever owned, and the most reliable. I love the sporty look and the indestructible interior. It’s lacking on creature comforts, but it makes up for it in cool! I am a 67-year-old grandma, I feel like a real hot shot when I’m driving! It’s got a bit of a blind spot. That is the number one problem I have with it.


High miles and still going strong

Drives excellent. When I purchased, I caught up on all needed maintenance items. FJ drives great and so far feels like it will be a family car for quite some time. All buttons work, engine runs strong.


Best utilitarian 4x4 for the buck!

I've purchased 4 new FJ's since 2007, totaling over 300k miles on them and never a lick of trouble. They've been driven hard on the freeway as well as off road all across the upper Midwest and NW Ontario, towing boats, campers and utility trailers. The highest resale value of anything on the road prompted me to continually upgrade once they started nearing 100k rounds, now I look back and wish I kept the other 3 since there was nothing wrong with them except higher miles. Toyota, if you're listening, start making them again as I cannot see myself driving anything other than an FJ for life.

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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
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
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