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2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

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Toyota's 2013 FJ Cruiser is a tribute to the legendary FJ40 Land Cruiser sold worldwide between 1960 and 1984. We like the FJ because it shuns the trend to move to a more car-like (and less capable) unit body. You won't find any cushy air suspensions or luxury trimmings inside the FJ Cruiser. Instead, Toyota has given its off-road stud a sensible, easy-to-clean interior with just the right amount of modern conveniences to keep the FJ Cruiser up to date. Although many compare the 2013 FJ Cruiser to the Jeep Wrangler, there are some notable differences. The FJ's roof, for example, doesn't come off, and the FJ doesn't offer the full 4-door design of the Wrangler Unlimited.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a daily driver that can double as an off-road weekend warrior, the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser is sure to please. Unlike the Jeep Wrangler, the FJ's fixed roof isn't susceptible to heavy snow or howling wind.

You May Not Like This Car If...

No one will argue that the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV isn't fun, but it does have a number of practical drawbacks including poor fuel economy, some wicked blind spots and a not-so-roomy cargo hold.

What's New for 2013

This year's Trail Teams Special Edition Package comes in Cement Gray, while power outside mirrors are now standard on all models.

Driving the FJ Cruiser

Driving Impressions Surprisingly, we found the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV to be as equally welcome on road as it was off. With the exception of the poor side outward vision and...

a rather annoying 41.8-foot-wide turning circle, the FJ Cruiser is as enjoyable to drive as any Toyota crossover or pickup. Venturing off road gave us a chance to really fall in love with the FJ, and fall we did. The 32-inch tires, 9.6 inches of ground clearance, steep approach and departure angles and electronically controlled traction control permit the FJ to go over just about anything it can clear, although the wide body does pose some challenges the Jeep Wrangler never worries about. Then again, the FJ Cruiser corners better than the Jeep in daily driving, but not as well as the Nissan Xterra. However, on the highway we think the FJ has the best ride of the three.

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.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Details
Interior

Knowing what the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV's intended target audience is going to do with their trucks, Toyota engineers designed an interior that is functional and rugged while at the same time comfortable and modern. The FJ's supportive seats are covered in water-resistant fabric, while underfoot the traditional carpet is replaced with rubber flooring. The purpose-built interior also features removable rear-seat bottoms and large rotary control knobs specifically designed to be operated when wearing gloves. One cool option is the dash-mounted inclinometer, or as one of our editors affectionately called it, a "tip-overometer."

Exterior

It's easy to pick out the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV in a lineup; just look for the hulking big truck with the two smallish inset round headlights flanking a low-profile, rectangular grille. The design is a tribute to the original FJ. Noteworthy features on the FJ include big 32-inch tires, available floodlights mounted to the side mirrors and three wiper arms to quickly clear mud from the windshield. Backing up the FJ Cruiser's menacing look is some serious hardware, including available Bilstein heavy-duty shocks and available 4-wheel drive (4WD) with 2-speed transfer case and locking rear differential.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The most basic 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV is equipped with 2-wheel drive (2WD), a 5-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and locks, a 6-speaker CD/MP3 audio system, auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and streaming audio, XM satellite radio, steering-wheel 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 6-speed manual transmission, 2-speed transfer case and a locking rear differential (standard on manually equipped cars and optional with the automatic).

Optional Equipment

The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV upgrades include keyless entry, cruise control, rear sonar parking assist, rearview 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. The Trail Teams Special Edition Package brings with it the Off-Road Package, Cement Gray exterior paint with matching roof and black bumpers, front grille and door handles, mirror-mounted illumination markers, cyclone pre-air cleaner, trail-rated Bilstein shocks, rearview 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 5-speed automatic transmission coupled with either a 2WD or a part-time 4WD system, or a 6-speed manual transmission teamed with a full-time 4WD system. The 4WD models include a 2-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 2WD 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 @ 5,600 rpm
271 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/20 mpg (2WD, automatic), 15/18 mpg (4WD, manual) 17/20 mpg (4WD, automatic)

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2013 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."

3 people out of 3 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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