Baseding on most recent reports 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser will certainly include an essentially same design and appears like previous designs. There may be couple of slight adjustments however absolutely nothing extreme. For 2013 model we have obtained off-road-ready Trail Teams special edition bundle.
While this midsize SUV shares considerably of Toyota’s center stability DNA, its rugged appearances make it stand out anywhere it goes. The FJ’s traditional body-on-frame style and excellent off-road capacity likewise counteract the recent fad toward developing car-based crossover SUVs. Yet even if it’s an outlier, the FJ Cruiser has a great deal going all out.
When driving its sturdy V6 engine, responsive steering and reasonably comfortable ride quality make it a lot less truckish than you may anticipate– and so much more fun than the average Toyota as well. Off the pavement is where the FJ Cruiser truly beams, however, thanks to its high ground clearance, generous approach/departure angles and severe four-wheel-drive hardware including low-range tailoring and a securing back differential.
The FJ Cruiser’s wacky design saddles it with a number of fundamental weaknesses, however, consisting of the brief windows and thick roofing columns that develop unseen areas big sufficient to make discussing tight metropolitan settings a little dicey. The rear half-doors also make getting in and out of the backseat a trouble.
That said, we still enjoy the unapologetic FJ. Its major competitor, the 2013 Jeep Wrangler, ares less fine-tuned for day-to-day driving, though it does supply premium off-road capability and better possibilities for aftermarket adjustments. The Nissan Xterra takes the contrary strategy, offering so much more habitable top qualities like 4 real doors and much better exposure. As such, the FJ Cruiser stands for the middle-ground option for a rugged SUV that enjoys to invest a bunch of time in the dirt.
Physical body Styles, Trim Levels, and Choices
The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a five-passenger SUV with two normal front doors and two half-sized rear-hinged doors.
There is only one trim level and it comes specification with 17-inch black-painted steel wheels, an electronically managed securing back differential (hands-on transmission 4WD simply), carte blanche accessories, air-conditioning, an eight-way by hand modifiable motorist seat, a 60/40 split-folding back seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, water-resistant cloth upholstery, durable vinyl flooring, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio user interface.
There are a lot of choice bundles readily available. The Convenience plan includes back personal privacy glass, a back wiper, a spare tire cover, keyless entrance, trip control, a rearview electronic camera and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Upgrade bundle adds 17-inch alloy tires, an updated footing control device on four-wheel-drive models, back auto parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, extra gauges and travel computer functions, and an 11-speaker JBL stereo with a six-CD changer. The Off-Road package deal adds Bilstein shock absorbers, the securing rear differential, an updated traction-control device and added evaluates. The TRD plan adds unique 16-inch alloy tires, BFGoodrich off-road tires and various Bilstein cushion.
The Trail Teams Scandal sheet packages unique gray exterior paint, special interior trim, 16-inch alloy wheels and off-road tires, an upgraded suspension, an electronically managed locking back differential, a large roofing system shelf, rock rails and the majority of the content from the Benefit and Upgrade cargos.width=”500″ height=”336″ />
Powertrains and Performance
The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 260 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.
A five-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive and a limited-slip differential are standard. There are also two different four-wheel-drive systems available, including a part-time system that comes mated to the five-speed automatic transmission and a full-time system fitted with a six-speed manual and a locking rear differential.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the two-wheel-drive model is 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined — not great, but typical for off-road SUVs. With four-wheel drive, those numbers are 17/20/18 with the automatic and 15/18/16 with the manual.
Standard safety features on the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the FJ Cruiser received the top rating of “Good” in the frontal-offset and side-impact tests, but a second-best rating of “Acceptable” in the roof strength test.
Interior Design and Special Features
The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser sports a no-frills interior with dash panels color-matched to the outside body color. Controls are well placed and easy to use, though some buttons and knobs are so big they look a little silly. Front seats offer good comfort and the water-repellent upholstery and rubber floor covering are built to take abuse.
The bad news here is that the wide rear roof pillars and outside-mounted spare tire create enormous blind spots and diminished rear visibility. Even the view forward isn’t that great because of the high dash and hood. You may look good in the FJ, but seeing other people is a bit of a problem.
The rear seat has its own problems, starting with the rear-hinged back doors. Like those on extended-cab pickups, they require you to open the front doors every time someone gets in or out of the backseat. You’ll also find getting into the second row requires a bit of a climb and, once you’re in, the accommodations are fairly tight. Folding down both sections of that 60/40-split rear seat creates a cargo hold with a healthy 67 cubic feet of space. That’s about the same as in a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.
On the road, the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser performs surprisingly well for a vehicle with such an off-road slant. The V6 engine offers plenty of grunt, while the suspension tuning and precise steering feel put the Jeep Wrangler to shame. Again, the limited visibility all around is a distinct negative in about any situation you can name. The robust-looking exterior also creates a fair amount of wind noise at highway speeds.
Leave the pavement behind and the FJ Cruiser is in its element. The combination of ample ground clearance, excellent approach and departure angles, ample wheel travel, low-range gearing and the available locking rear differential gives it the ability to tackle rugged trails with ease.