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2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

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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, which necessitated the need for last year's smash hit SUV, the FJ Cruiser. The 2008 FJ Cruiser is 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you're drawn to it as a comfortable and versatile daily driver, a weekend off-roader or just an expressive way to get from Point A to Point B, you're sure to appreciate how well the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser does it all.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Depending on what other vehicles you might be considering, the FJ Cruiser's potential faults include marginal fuel economy (although it's slightly more fuel-friendly than the Xterra), poor rearward visibility and a cargo area that's not as accommodating as those of some other SUVs.

What's New for 2008

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.

Driving the FJ Cruiser

Driving Impressions Whether you're hoping the FJ Cruiser shines brightest as an off-roader or a daily driver, you'll be happy to hear it fills both rolls exceptionally well. Except for its limited...

rearward visibility and a wide 41.8-foot turning circle, Toyota's newest SUV is as pleasant to drive as many sedans. Off-road, the FJ Cruiser's 32-inch tires, steep approach and departure angles and sophisticated traction aids combine to deliver world-class off-road capability. Compared with its most closely matched competitor, the Nissan Xterra, the FJ doesn't corner as eagerly around town but does deliver a marginally softer highway ride. As for the off-road comparison, we'll give the nod to the Toyota, although the Nissan remains impressive.

Subwoofer Switch
A big, console-mounted subwoofer on/off button makes it easy to optimize the listening experience when switching from talk to rock, for instance.

A-TRAC
By automatically applying the brakes to a spinning wheel, Toyota's active traction control system forces torque to the opposing wheel and boosts the FJ Cruiser's off-road capability.

2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Details
2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser photo Interior

Equipped with water-resistant seat fabric, rubber flooring, removable rear seat bottoms and big control knobs designed for easy operation when wearing gloves, the FJ Cruiser's interior is decidedly purpose-built. Still, it's a very comfortable cabin for front and rear passengers alike, even if entering or leaving the rear seat through the small rear-hinged doors is tough to do elegantly. The rear cargo area isn't huge, but convenient hooks and tie-downs add functionality. A color-keyed center cluster adds a touch of whimsy.

Exterior

With two smallish round headlamps flanking a low-profile, rectangular grille, the FJ Cruiser's face provides the strongest link to its FJ40 ancestry. The contrasting white roof, wraparound rear glass and available roof rack are also familiar. In total, though, the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser isn't as stylistically true to the original as the modern MINI or VW New Beetle are to their ancestors. Exterior features worth noting are the FJ Cruiser's big 32-inch tires, three windshield wipers and available side mirror-mounted lamps. Toyota also offers plenty of add-ons geared toward off-road duty.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Base FJ Cruisers are equipped with two-wheel drive, automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and locks, a six-speaker CD/MP3 audio system, auxiliary audio jack, electronic stability and traction controls, front seat side-mounted airbags, side curtain airbags, two front airbags and 17-inch black steel wheels. Four-wheel-drive FJs come standard with a six-speed manual transmission.

Optional Equipment

FJ Cruiser upgrades include keyless entry, cruise control, rear sonar parking assist, eight-speaker audio system with six-disc CD changer, subwoofer, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a 115V/400W power outlet. Options for off-roaders include the new Off-Road Package, an automatic transmission (4WD models), a rear differential lock, A-TRAC active traction control and an inclinometer.

Under the Hood

A sophisticated aluminum V6 anchors three powertrain combinations that include a five-speed automatic transmission coupled with either two-wheel-drive or a part-time four-wheel-drive system, or a six-speed manual transmission teamed with a full-time four-wheel-drive system. Four-wheel-drive models include a two-speed transfer case. Off-road capability is enhanced with locking differentials and electronic traction controls. Rock-crawling specs include approach and departure angles of 34 and 30 degrees, respectively (32 and 29 degrees for two-wheel drive models). The FJ Cruiser has an independent front suspension and solid rear axle, and its maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.

4.0-liter V6
239 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
278 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/20 (2WD, automatic), 15/18 (4WD, manual) 16/20 (4WD, automatic)

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2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 482 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.8/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

amazing vehicle, solid value and reliability

By on Sunday, June 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After having owned numerous domestic and imported vehicles over the past 38 years I can honestly say that this FJ is absolutely the best one and the only one that will not be sold or traded. There is nothing about this truck that is bad, other than rear seat ingress and egress which is inconvenient at worst. I have seen numerous posts complaining about rearward visibility due to the size of the C-pillar and all I have to say about that after having driven vans for years that didn't have rear windows,let alone side windows is: learn how to set and use your mirrors and stop making inaccurate comments about something which is a non-issue and very easily remedied. If they are having to look over their shoulder to change lanes or back up they don't have their mirrors set correctly. If they simply don't know how to set mirrors please ask someone that does, I'm fairly certain that person would be willing to help them,because the sooner they learn to use their mirrors properly,the safer the road my family and I share with them will be."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Best of the Offroad Good on the paved roads.

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Will take you anywhere. Great for 2 people and pets! River,creeks mountains ,sand dunes and steep hills. I have had a Jeep and a F150 4x4. Rides better than Jeep Climbs better than jeep just limited cargo capacioty than Pickup duh. If you 4X this is the one!"

Great truck- reliable and capable

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Capable, relaible, and easy to care for"

Cons: "Backseat access and lumbering handling"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2008 FJ Cruiser in 2011 with 36K miles on it. It was lifted from the factory and looks like an off-road capable machine. It's been an absolutely great truck- exactly what you'd expect from a Toyota. No issues at all and it handles great in the weather. The traction control on this is amazing and brings the truck back into control even when you're trying to play in the snow. The A-Trac and electronic lockers allow it to go places you probably shouldn't try. I have the fully loaded version and it has been such a great truck, that I'm not going to trade it in. I'll just keep it in storage for a good weekend romper. The ONLY drawback to this rig is getting a car seat in and out of the back.....but that's not what it's for! Great weekend romper and very manageable the other 5 days a week."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Turned 150,000 on my 2007 Best truck I ever owned

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Ride, Off-Road, Style, Not one issue after 150k"

Cons: "Seats could be more comfortable on long trips."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is by far the best truck or car I have ever owned. I've put 150,000 miles and all I have had to do is change the battery, tires, and brakes. When I need to go offroad it rides like a dream. Never been suck so far."

Very dependable, great ride for suv.

By on Thursday, May 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great dependability."

Cons: "Not lot of bells and whistles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"It has by far been the best vehicle I ever owned. Very dependable. Great ride for and SUV. Windows in back are small so it took getting used to the limited visibility but very few things to complain about."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Either u like it or not

By on Saturday, May 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"there is no in between it is a love or hate on this fjs.i have owned four toyota's fj40 tacoma Rav4 and fjc . it is one of the trucks u don't go wrong with it .if you like the retro looks and not only it holds its resale value . price keep on going up."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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