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2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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2007 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. 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.

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 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 2007

By offering an exceptional combination of off-road capability, on-road comfort, cargo versatility and standout styling—all backed up by world-class quality—there isn't much you could ask from a midsize SUV that the FJ Cruiser doesn't deliver.

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 roles 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.

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Details
2007 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
2007 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, wraparound rear glass and available roof rack are also familiar. In total, though, the 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, air conditioning, power windows and locks, a six-speaker CD/MP3 audio system, auxiliary audio jack, electronic stability and traction controls, two front airbags and 17-inch black steel wheels.

Optional Equipment

FJ Cruiser upgrades include front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, 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 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: 19/22 (2WD automatic), 16/19 (4WD manual) 17/21 (4WD automatic)

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2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 498 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.8/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

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."

1 person out of 1 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?"

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

Best vehicle I have ever owned! Period!

By on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

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

"I'm a dealership manager and have owned many vehicles over my life and normally keep them 1 to 2 years. I have owned my FJ for three and have no plans of getting rid of it! This vehicle handles and drives perfect. The drivers seat is the most comfortable of any vehicle I have owned even though it lacks all the seat gadgets most seats come with now. I love the fact the back door swings back so far that I can put my little girl in her car seat while standing upright and never straining. I have had it in the snowy mountains of TN, heat & sand of AZ, and the in the swamps of GA. Nothing stops it! Its my day to day driver and my weekend fun vehicle all in one. To top it all off it has went up in value since I have owned it do to the fact there not made anymore. Have you ever owned a vehicle for three years put 50,000 mi on it and have it be worth more than you paid for it?"

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Fun to drive

By on Sunday, November 29, 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
9/10

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

"Love this vehicle. Never worry about being on the road regardless of weather driving conditions. Loads of interior space for myself, husband, and our 3 dogs. We love this vehicle so much, we also bought a 2014 FJ ultimate edition. Having lots of fun adding accessories like fog lights and full roof racks and soon a lift. Just cannot believe they are no longer making them."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Wont trade it in ever!!

By on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

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

Pros: "Reliability, Clean (looking),"

Cons: "Nothing"

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

"I have had this truck for over an year now. I do not have words how to describe how much I love this truck. My family gets mad at me because i wash the truck every other day and I change the oil every 3 thousand miles. I always tell them its because I want to keep the truck forever. Im already saving up to change the engine on the truck because I know this truck has been through a lot but It always impress me how smooth and reliable this truck is. People complain about the gas mileage but i work and go around where I live so it usually fills up with 30 for 1 1/2 weeks. Real eye catcher to some people. I know its hard to change lanes but I invested in a side camara for the car and it has been working for me. I always get asked about maybe trading it for a jeep but I really fell in love with this truck and I just cant bring myself to sell it."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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