Not for the bland and boring on the road
January 21, 2019
The FJ Cruiser is a unique style of truck that is not for everyone,but those of us who own one, wouldn’t drive anything else. It’s unique styling,colors and size make it stand out from the homogenized array of SUV’s you see on the road today. Like I said it is def NOT for everyone and has a few limitations and irks that won’t make it a good choice. Poor gas mileage,blind spots,suicide doors,not family friendly and smaller interior cargo room than expected are a few. However if you can rise above those, the driving experience and sheer thrill of the ride will have you hooked. It’s unique styling will set you apart from all the rest and although it was designed for off road,it rides and handles smooth and driver friendly on the road. It can fit 4 adults comfortably but can be a tiny cramped in the back seats for tall people. The seats fold down for extra cargo space easily, and can fit most types of hauling and stuff. It is a 6 cylinder, so it does have power and drives quite good for a trucky suv combo. It’s big windshield can be a magnet for chips, but owning 2 FJs so far, I have never experienced a problem. This is NOT a gas friendly truck and will average 17-19 mpg but for me the sacrifice in gas economy is worth the cool and head turning looks of it. They were totally discontinued in the US in 2014 and are still available via the used market. Don’t let high mileage be a deterrent because as long as it was properly maintained,all should be fine,plus it’s a Toyota and generally they last a long time. So if a unique and fun ride is what you are after,the FJ may be a good match. It is not for everyone, but once you drive it,you will understand.