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2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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2011 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 the FJ Cruiser. The 2011 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 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 2011 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), big blind spots at the sides, and a cargo area that's not as accommodating as those of some other SUVs.

What's New for 2011

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.

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...

... side visibility and a wide 41.8-foot turning circle, Toyota's trendiest 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.

2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Details
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
2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser photo

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, wrap-around rear glass and available roof rack are also familiar. In total, though, the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser isn't as stylistically true to the original as the modern MINI or VW 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, an automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and locks, a six-speaker CD/MP3 audio system, auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and streaming audio, XM Satellite Radio, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, electronic stability and traction controls, front-seat side-mounted airbags, roll-sensing side-curtain airbags, two front airbags and 17-inch black steel wheels. Four-wheel-drive FJs come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and a locking rear differential.

Optional Equipment

FJ Cruiser upgrades include keyless entry, cruise control, rear sonar parking assist, rear backup camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 10-speaker JBL audio system with powered subwoofer, and a 115V/400W power outlet. Options for off-roaders include the Off-Road Package, an automatic transmission (4WD models) with a rear differential lock, A-TRAC active traction control and an inclinometer. New for 2011 is the Trail Teams Special Edition Package that brings with it the Off-Road Package, Army Green exterior paint with matching roof and black bumpers, front grille and door handles, mirror-mounted illumination markers, green seat inserts, cyclone pre-air cleaner, trail-rated Bilstein shocks, rear backup camera, JBL audio system, BFG All-Terrain tires on TRD alloy wheels and a set of 12V, 100W and 115V, 400W outlets.

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
260 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
271 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/22 (2WD, automatic), 15/19(4WD, manual) 17/21 (4WD, automatic)

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2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 501 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
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Best all around SUV I have ever owned!!!

By on Saturday, March 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

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
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive looks good !!!"

Cons: "If you have to get in back set a little hard ."

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

"This is the best SUV the drive is fun the sound system is great.I like that it goes from road to off road with no problem.The paint is tough even though it is 4 years old it looks new.Plenty of room to put sets down and cary anything needed dogs,hay, bicycle ect."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Best car ever!

By on Monday, February 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

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

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

"I've had my FJ for about 6 months and it is a phenomenal vehicle! I'd been eyeing it for about two years and the day finally came to get my own. I have zero complaints about this car and am constantly surprised by how well it handles in any weather or terrain."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Will get you through just about anything!

By on Thursday, February 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

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: "Great all around adventure SUV to drive!"

Cons: "Have to have premium gas"

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

"I bought my FJ the first year it came out in 2006. Had to find a Voodoo Blue manual 4x4 that was top of the line at that time. Had to hunt around calling a number of Toyota dealers to find the FJ that was like the one on the brochure. Ended up paying sticker since it was just out and had to have it, but loved my FJ from the first test drive. I've taken into snow, the desert, trails in Death Valley going into some interesting places from Tea Kettle Junction into the mountains during snow. The engine still purrs like it was new, the gas mileage at least back then for a SUV was actually good, the 4 wheel drive in low will get you through just about anything that most people will come across, and it is just a fun tank looking thing to drive around in when I feel like it. Luckily it isn't my daily driver so only have 55k miles of vacation/fun travels. Still drives like new and looks it!"

Smooth, reliable and Toyota quality

By on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good power and performance, on demand 4WD"

Cons: "Spartan interior, mediocre gas mileage"

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

"Owner for seven years with virtually no mechanical problems. Motor runs better than the day I bought it and just keeps getting better. Interior is somewhat sparse but this is intended for serious off-roading. Would certainly buy another one if they had not dropped this model."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Will NEVER sell this truck

By on Monday, January 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "FUN, RELIABLE, GO ANYWHERE AT ANYTIME"

Cons: "NO 12 STEP PROGRAM FOR MY FJ CRUISER ADDICTION"

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

"This is definitely the best truck I ever owned. Solid tank like drive, makes you feel almost invincible. AWESOME community of enthusiasts for support and camaraderie. I WILL NEVER SELL THIS BEAST!!! Can I pick 11 out of 10 for overall value?"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Quality, dependable, decent gas mileage, & rugged

By on Sunday, December 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Safe and reliable"

Cons: "Limited visibility through rear and back sides"

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

"My FJ has been used for work, which has required me to go way off the beaten path. It has climbed ski slopes in the summer, forded creeks, gone over many mountain passes, and through it all has remained solid, tight, dependable, and a pleasure to drive. I enjoy this truck so much I bought a second one and plan to keep them for a long time."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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