The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a stylish SUV which features styling
influences from Toyota's past off-road models.
The FJ Cruiser hit the showrooms in 2006, it's first apperance
however was back in 2003 as a concept model. Originally it wasn't
slated for production, but due to such a positive response from
the press and public alike, Toyota decided to make the concept
The FJ Cruiser is powered by a 4.0L V6 engine with variable
valve timing (VVT-i). This unit generates 239 hp @ 5200 rpm,
and 278 lb-ft (377 Nm) of torque at 2700 rpm. The same engine
is used in some versions of the Tacoma and 4Runner. In 2010
the engine benefitted from the adddition of Dual VVT-i, resulting
in an additional 19 hp boost in power and improved fuel economy
The transmissions offered include 5 speed automatics and a 6
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is one of those love-it or hate-it vehicles
in terms of style. Generally there aren't too many problems
with the vehicle's body, however owners of some of the earlier
vehicles have reported cracks and warping in the inner wheel
arches. On subsequent models Toyota has recified the problem.
Overall the FJ Cruiser has scored pretty well in safety tests.
It has recived a "Good" score in all IIHS tests. It
scored particularly highly for front and side impacts. Rollover
protection was it's weakest point.