RACV rates the 2011-16 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
The retro styling of Toyota’s FJ Cruiser gives it a point of difference and it will appeal to the buyer looking for individuality and serious off-road ability.
But that individual design means certain compromises, particularly in access and space in the rear seats and its rather high fuel consumption.
The FJ Cruiser only had one configuration in its five years on the Australian market. It’s a five-door wagon with a 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine, five-speed automatic transmission and heavy-duty dual-range 4WD, so there’s no diesel or manual option. Upgrades in March and October 2013 provided more standard equipment, CRAWL Control, a larger fuel tank and minor cosmetic changes.
Inspired by iconic FJ40 LandCruisers of the 1960s and 70s, the FJ Cruiser captures the nostalgic spirit in a capable, thoroughly modern vehicle. Styling is a blend of the old and new. Plastic trim inserts and the dash fascia have an old-style painted metal appearance, while water-resistant seat trim and rubber floor mats are practical for many lifestyle activities.
Although it’s a five-door wagon, the small reverse-opening rear doors can only be used after the front doors are opened. You’ll need to assess rear access and space for yourself, as owners’ comments have ranged from “a little tight but OK” to “awkward” and “almost claustrophobic”. The chunky body creates blind spots and the rear side windows don’t open.
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