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2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.8

For those old enough to remember, the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV is vaguely reminiscent of the original FJ40 Land Cruisers that help build the company's reputation for rugged durability roughly a half-century ago. While it certainly looks newer, it has kept the original's straightforward feel, with no excess luxury trimmings or frills – just the capability to go nearly anywhere. Some might line it up against the Jeep Wrangler, but there are significant differences. The FJ's roof is not removable and the FJ is obviously finished to a higher level than the decidedly more utilitarian Jeep.

You'll Like This Car If...

For a fairly hard-core weekend off-road warrior, the FJ makes an entirely reasonable daily driver, and you really can live with it day-in, day-out. Few others will match that blend as well.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Maybe you think it's fun, and it can be. But the fuel economy is not wonderful, the styling results in some pretty bad blind spots in dealing with traffic, and surprising for an SUV, there's not much space for cargo.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.8
  • 6.2
  • 6.0
  • 7.4
  • 6.6
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#28

out of 30

Fuel Economy

#9

out of 30

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.4 out of 10
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2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser has no significant changes from the previous model.

Driving the FJ Cruiser
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions It's an SUV, yes, but the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser really is a vehicle for all seven days of the week, with noteworthy capabilities off-road and accommodating manners on the...

highway. Perhaps our biggest complaint is that the narrow windows and big pillars result in limited outward visibility with really annoying blind spots that make maneuvering in traffic or changing lanes awkward and difficult. Otherwise, it's like driving any Toyota pickup. Go where the pavement ends, however, and it's in its element. The big tires, ample ground clearance, steep approach and departure angles and helpful traction control give the FJ outstanding capabilities in dealing with the wilderness primeval. It's wider than the Jeep Wrangler, but it's far better in everyday life. Overall, the FJ has a lot to offer in comparison to the Wrangler or the Nissan Xterra, and we think that for daily driving it would be the best of the three.

ALL-AROUND CAPABILITIES
Vehicles that are good off-road tend to be awkward, uncomfortable or annoying in daily use but, except for the limited visibility, the FJ Cruiser is just fine as a daily driver, and that's a plus.

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

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Details
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Toyota engineers and designers gave the 2014 FJ Cruiser an interior that's very well-suited to a combination of off-road rigors and daily driving commutes. It's functional, durable, modern and accommodatingly comfortable. Seats are upholstered in water-resistant fabric and rubber is used on the floor. Rear-seat bottoms are removable for extra storage space and large rotary knobs can be operated while wearing gloves. Keeping watch over the proceedings is the inclinometer, which measures tilt of the body and might help prevent the embarrassment of tipping the SUV over and into the bottom of some canyon.

Exterior
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser photo

You won't lose the Toyota FJ Cruiser in the mall parking lot. With its height, distinctive round headlights, rectangular grille, 2-tone color treatment and roof rack, the FJ is not only an obvious SUV descendant of the original FJ, it's unlike anything else on the road. Add in the big tires, the rear-mounted spare, optional floodlights on the mirrors and three wiper arms to deal with the narrow windshield, and the FJ is definitely making a statement of rugged readiness.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

For 2014, the well-equipped base 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 with the manual transmission and optional with the automatic).

Optional Equipment

Optional equipment for the Toyota FJ Cruiser includes keyless entry, cruise control, rear parking assist, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 10-speaker JBL audio system with powered subwoofer and a 115V/400W power outlet. Off-road options include the Off-Road Package, automatic transmission (4WD models) with a rear differential lock, A-TRAC active traction control and an inclinometer. The Trail Teams Special Edition Package includes 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, TRD alloy wheels and 12V/100W and 115V/400W outlets.

Under the Hood
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Engine photo

The FJ Cruiser is powered by a strong, durable and well-proven 4.0-liter V6 of 260 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque, matched with either a 5-speed automatic transmission with the 2-wheel drive (2WD) or part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD) system, or a 6-speed manual transmission with full-time 4WD. The 4WD models have a 2-speed transfer case. Locking differentials and a sophisticated traction-control system give the FJ extraordinary off-road capabilities, while steep approach and departure angles help with clambering over tough boulders and fording awkward rivers. The power goes to the ground through an independent front and live-axle rear suspension, and the FJ can tow trailers up to 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)

The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts a little over $27,000 for the 2-wheel-drive model and jumps to about $29,000 with 4-wheel drive and a manual transmission; a fully-loaded FJ tops out around $36,000. Our Fair Purchase Price values reflect real-world selling prices, so be sure to check them on kbb.com before you set out to shop. The Toyota FJ Cruiser's competitors include the Nissan Xterra, with prices ranging from around $26,000 to about $35,000; the Jeep Wrangler, ranging from $25,000 to more than $35,000; and, to a lesser extent, the Nissan Pathfinder, which ranges from around $30,000 to well beyond $47,000. In terms of resale value, we expect the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV to perform better than the Xterra and Pathfinder and remain on par with the Wrangler.

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2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 440 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

FJ Cruiser exceeds Land Cruiser Family expectation

By on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 10.0
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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: "High Quality and excellent reliability"

Cons: "None"

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

"Eight years and 108K miles later this vehicle continues to deliver high quality daily commuting reliability and off road capability."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Hard to get in and out of with doors.Fun to drive.

By on Monday, June 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Suicide doors are bad in parking lots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Fun to drive. Love the roominess inside! Hard to get in and out of vehicle in parking lots because of the suicide doors. Passengers complain about climbing in and out of vehicle. For the 2 of us, it's a great vehicle! Handled the icy/snowy mountain roads with ease."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Superb off road

By on Sunday, June 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Look at the videos of FJ's on Youtube"

Cons: "Blind spots."

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

"The FJ is second only to a military HumVee for off road driving. If off roading is your reason to purchase a FJ you will not be disappointed. Downside: Blind spots!! and not the greatest gas mileage. Recommendations: If you buy one, put in the second gas tank. It makes a huge difference for long road trips or boon docking in the wilds of nowhere."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Off-road/ on road very very capable

By on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Manual shift to four-wheel-drive, simple and straightforward interior"

Cons: "Cheap front and rear plastic bumpers. I had to make my own front bumper"

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

"I've had this FJ for 6 years now. I love it. I do go off-road; however not serious off-road. Don't get me wrong, I have had to go thru some really bad stuff once or twice now and then and she did awesome. Mostly I take it off road(dirt/rock road), cross deep washouts (had to add a snorkel), pull a 5,000lb trailer with atvs for weekend camping and pulled plenty of people out of jams."

Not for everyone but just right for me!!!!!!

By on Sunday, June 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "4x4great , comfort ride, toyota reliabilit!!!!"

Cons: "gas mileage, stereo,blindspots"

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

"I love this vehicle very 4x4 capable. Snow proplem at all very reliable .would not recommend if you have kids that ride in back seat alot the side doors are a little odd and frequent use would become annoying. If you want a ultra reliable and capable 4x4 that is also pretty comfortable for road driving check this one out you may love it too."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Most awesome vehicle ever! Besides Taco.

By on Sunday, June 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun, stylish, reliable, capable 4x4, fun to drive."

Cons: "Blind spot"

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

"I have to say I was skeptical at first about its looks and abilities. But, now I love this SUV. If your looking for a SUV for an active family FJ is your answer. My family loves the outdoors. We do everything outside. We got the team trails in Army green my wife loves it. And so do I it's comfortable, stylish, capable and it's got rings on it which means reliable. This truck is a blunt instrument and will dominate any off road terrain. It's not for the none adventurous city lover. Now I don't know if it can follow Tacoma yet but, I'm sure it will do better than JEEP. Absolutely love this vehicle. Toyota or nothing."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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