The Toyota lineup is filled with a whole crowd of practical, modern cars and utility vehicles. One of them is a funky and cool SUV with the FJ Cruiser nameplate. Its quirky but interesting concept like stance makes it stand out among other vehicles. In 2003, the Toyota FJ Cruiser was initially introduced in the North American International Auto Show as a retro-styled concept car. It came to life in 2004 as a production vehicle because of the tremendous response it gets from the show.
Toyota Motor Philippines brought the Toyota FJ Cruiser in the country in 2013 after the company recognized its demand.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is quite different from other Toyota cars that have a very safe designing approach. This midsize SUV stands out as distinctive and quirky looks. It makes it a unique and one of a kind design in the lineup of the Japanese car manufacturer.
The front end of the Toyota FJ Cruiser features a rectangular grille with a silver finish engulfing the headlamps. The turn indicators are situated on the front grille's edges. The front bumper comes in a heavy-duty design featuring silver skid plates and extensive black cladding. Along with that are the fog lamps and silver-finished panels.
The side profile also gets the quirky essence similar to the frontal design. The bulky stance is brought by the bulging roofline and large C-pillars. It gets accentuated by side body cladding, black alloy wheels, and large ground clearance.
The rear part features an old school squared-out layout. A huge spare tire is mounted on the rear hatch's center with a silver tire cover over it. The rear bumper gets silver-finished edges, and the hatch comes with massive body cladding. The roof of the Toyota FJ Cruiser comes in contrasting white color.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser features a conventional round-themed three-spoke steering wheel. It does not have audio control buttons, which gives it an archaic feel. The instrument console comes in a traditional three-pod layout with no MID screen. It creates a plain-looking cockpit.
The broad, vertically-designed center console looks pretty dated with the presence of an old-school 2-DIN audio unit. There is a digital clock stacked in between the rectangular AC vents mounted at the top of the center console. Three uniquely designed and placed dials look funky above the center console. It also shows different off-road information and a compass.
The FJ Cruiser's center console and side doors come with a color-coded finish, which lifts the old-school and plain interior ambiance. Occupants will not be disappointed with the space inside the Toyota FJ Cruiser because of the ample boot space and spacious room for five passengers.
Technology & Safety Features
In terms of entertainment, the Toyota FJ Cruiser features a 2-DIN audio unit with FM/AM/Radio, CD player, USB and auxiliary input, and Bluetooth capabilities. It also has front and rear speakers.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser lacks some modern features such as keyless entry and auto AC given its old-school appeal. But it is still equipped with decent features including eight-way adjustable front dual airbags, ISOFIX, ABS, traction control, electronic door locks, engine immobilizer, and vehicle stability control.
For added security and safety, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is also equipped with power door locks, anti-theft device, day and night rearview mirror, child safety locks, seat belt warning, door ajar warning, crash sensor, and front and side-impact beams.
Platform & Chassis
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a five-door and five-seater midsize SUV that sits on the underpinning derived from the body-on-frame 4Runner platform but with a shorter length and wheelbase. It has a length of 4,670 mm, a width of 1,905 mm, and a wheelbase of 2,690 mm.
The suspension is handled by the double-wishbone for the front and multi-link rear setup. Overall, the suspension has been tuned to provide the needed traction when driving on the loose tarmac.
The four-wheel-drive setup works flawlessly and provides a smooth off-road ride. The disc brakes all around are responsible for the stopping power of the Toyota FJ Cruiser.
Engine & Drivetrain
Powering the Toyota FJ Cruiser is the 4.0L gasoline engine that delivers a maximum output of 268 horsepower and 380 Newton-meter of torque.