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New features for the 2011 FJ Cruiser include a standard locking rear differential on manual transmission models, a new audio system with MP3/WMA playback capability, USB port, Bluetooth for phone and streaming music, and XM Satellite Radio. New options include a 10-speaker JBL audio system and a new Trail Teams Special Edition model in Army Green.
Front seat side-mounted airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags are now standard on every FJ. New options include an Off-Road Package with 16-inch alloy wheels surrounded by BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires, Bilstein shocks and a rear-differential lock.
Sold in the U.S. from 1960 to 1983, the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser remains one of the most respected off-road vehicles of all time. The Land Cruiser nameplate survives to this day, in fact, but affixed to a much bigger, much more expensive vehicle. Toyota's 4Runner has also grown, both in size and in price, to a starting sticker near $30K. Enter the FJ Cruiser, Toyota's answer to the popular Nissan Xterra and the venerable Jeep Wrangler. The FJ Cruiser backs up its distinctive, retro-esque styling with serious off-road capability, thanks to features like body-on-frame construction, big tires, available four-wheel drive with two-speed transfer case and available locking rear differential.
By surfponto (San Diego, CA) on Friday, July 20, 2007
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"I have owned my FJ for over a year now and have done a fair amount of mellow 4-wheeling with it. Did great in Moab on the White Rim trail, works great down in Baja down on the beach and great out in the Deserts of SoCal. It has a solid feel to it. Noticeably more than my wife's 2007 Tacoma. It has plenty of power almost too much. Maybe Toyota could have sacrificed a few horses for a bit better mileage or perhaps have put in a turbo-diesel. I drive it to work twice a week 30 miles round trip and it does well. The blind spot issue is a little concern but if you have your mirrors adjusted correctly there isn't a problem. I would like to see Toyota continually enhance this SUV line as it has a great price point and excellent quality. Things I would love for future versions: Turbo-diesel engine for better fuel economy Solid axle front suspension option. Rear seats that can lay flat. Bigger back window. Rear side windows that roll down. thanks for listening. Bob"
27 people out of 27 found this review helpful
By Convinced (Florida, Florida) on Sunday, July 08, 2007
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"Wow. I get it now. Having been an avid american car buyer for years I got feed up with the anomilies that no one could fix so I opted for the Toyota FJ Cruiser. I have had this vehicle for 11 months and put 31000 (Some on, some off road) miles on this vehicle with absolutely no issues whatsoever. Iget it now. This thing gets abused on and off road daily and it drives like the first day I bought it which is more than what I can say about the other cars. I have bought a new car evey two years religously due to my work and heavy use. I have owned from new 3 Chevy (all traded), 1 Ford (traded), 1 Dodge (traded), 1 Volkwagen (sold), 1 Caddilac (sold), 1 Chrysler (still own) and now 1 Toyota (The FJ Cruiser). You could say I have had my fair share of winshield time with many manufacturerers automobiles. Now the draw backs and the reasons I gave it a three on comfort. The seats just stink. They are very uncomfortable on long rides over a 1/2 hour or so. Next the sun visor, this thing is completely useless. Surely the engineers could have done better. It does nothing for sun on the side window as it does not extend. This should be standard. Next is the wiper set up. The center blade swishes water right into your field of vision. This is a major flaw in design and in my opinion a safety hazard. This interferes directly with your field of vision in a hard downpour. This should swish water away from your view not in it! Well that is all I got for the bad. Outside of that this thing is great. A billygoat when you need it and a highway runner that smokes the doors off of many vehicles on the road. I say a big thumbs up. Oh my gas mileage is a combined 18 mpg this includes hwy at 60%, city at 30% and off road at 10%."
21 people out of 21 found this review helpful
By Barb (CA) on Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, easy to manuver and park, holds lots"
Cons: "Visiblity, white top"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I went from a Wrangler to the Fj and never looked back. Love it. Being a female is unique driving this car and brings a lot of questions. It is easy to drive,park and handle on mountain roads and in the snow. Living in the mountains it is perfect but also driving in the city is great. It is a perfect car for about everything. The fold down back makes it roomy to fit anything in and it is easyto drop either all or half of it. Seats are comfortable for long drives. My husband prefers to take our FJ to taking his truck when we go places. He is tall and fits perfectly in it. Vision out back is a problem but I find myself being extra careful because of it so maybe it really is an advantage. Also have the backup camera. Wish it was a little bigger but does the job. I love my fj and would recommend it to anyone. I have a solid color."
18 people out of 18 found this review helpful