2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser User Reviews
4X4 AT shown
- $27,030 - $28,620
- No trim specified for this review
- Style, utility, offroad capability, ruggedness, power
- visibility, base factory radio. rear seat access
Purchased As Used
I have wanted an FJ ever since they introduced them, I have 4x4 AT FJ, with the bilstein upgrade, and off road lighting package, and roof rack. also have (MUST HAVE) back up camera, was purchased new 2012 model year. love the styling and go anywhere attitude. I will go over the pros and cons as I have experienced them in 10k mi of ownership.
I have heard this is a love it or hate it vehicle... I love it, definintley a throwback to the original FJ 40. get compliments about it being "cool" and guys wanting to talk about it.
easy open rear gate, has rugged rubber floors, and quick dry seats, some of the interior trim is a little soft, but thats not a huge deal. plenty of tie down and latch points in the rear. seats do lay down (not flat) and can move quite a bit of cargo.
this thing is a beast in stock configuration. heavy snow driving is effortless in 4 wheel drive. can climb and power through any urban enviroment and most off road situations. the weak part is definitley the tires. made for good gas milage not traction, however they are good all season and light off road. Ohio snow was no problem. that being said, the ride quality is exceptional for an off road vehivle. I drove the wrangler, and hummer - the FJ's main competition. and they suck comparativley. I went from a Chrysler 300SRT8 to this and did not feel like road driving was compromised. it really is a great driver on the road, even more so compared to the others in its cl#$%$ (Wrangler Hummer). no top heaviness feel or wobble.
so far have not had and issues with weak parts, trim, or electronics / mechanics. and I run mine hard. so far so good, again only have 10k on it. again you really feel like you can go, or park anywhere.
260hp and equal torque. this was by far the zippiest and most powerful of the 3 cars I test drove. it feels more like a standard SUV on the road. but kicks #$%$ off road. plent of power for 45 degree + incline crawls!
it is not great, must get the back up camera option! the b pillars are monstrous, and rear visibility out the back window is low. also front visibility for traffic lights is not great. but its a small price to pay. also tinted the windows and made it even worse. but looks bad #$%$!
Base Factory radio:
I have the base radio, it leaves something to be desired. b#$%$ gets distorted when you crank it up, you should definitly get the upgraded JBL system with rear speakers and sub. wish I would have. blurtooth media and phone connection work good.
overall a great experience with this vehicle, was voted the dissapointing dozen by consumer reports. I must believe that this comparison is against other SUV's and not off road vehicles. the FJ and wrangler / Hummer vehicles really deserve to be placed in a seperate cl#$%$. IMHO to compare these with other SUV's it will obviously get marks for "Visibility, ride, handling, noise, fuel economy, fit and finish, access." as described by CR. look at the reviews anywhere and you will find CR to be mistaken. I am a car guy through and through and really appreciate this vehicle. i will hopefully keep it as long as its still got a heartbeat, and being a toyota it should outlast its competitors. and really anything else.... CR does list this the FJ highly for reliability
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