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A great vehicle for the job!
Cons: rear visionIt's very good on the street with the exception of the blind spots in the rear, and great if there is even the slightest chance you are leaving a paved surface. Towing a light trailer is no problem either. Ground clearance allows me to go where my full size pick up truck used to take me. It serves me well!
3+ Years later, no regrets
Cons: Premium FuelLove the dependability and quality of my FJ, no major maintenance outside of the manufacturer required service. Well-built SUV and perfect for everyday driving.
Pros: I really love that this classic body style is still a Toyota underneath, reliability and performance. A potent combination of style and guts.
Cons: Least, I had not ordered the stock optional supercharger, though it really isn't needed.
Advice: Take it for a weekend, like I did. I put 300 miles on this ride before I signed the papers.My Voodoo Blue Toyota FJ Cruiser is loaded with everything. It is basically the best all around vehicle that I have ever purchased. The ride is comfortable, yet firm for high speed off-roading such as a run down a Baja type trail. I feel confident in the ability of Toyota to build a well designed and reliable package. I will never trade for a Land Cruiser or Lexus. Sorry guys, there is only one FJ, all the rest are posers. Got FJ?
Pros: 6 speed manual transmission.
Cons: Seats could use some work but are not uncomfortable.
Advice: Buy the FJ crusier and never look back.I drive over the Sierra mountains in California to work in Nevada, Utah Montana and wyoming. You can't beat the FJ cruiser for solid mountain snowey road performance. I also tow a medium weight trailor sometimes over the mountains with not additional effort. What a fine car to drive, In the worst snowey, muddy dirt roads I just engage the rear differential lock, push the 'A-track' button and nothing stops me from getting where I want to go except lakes, I can't drive under water so I don't even try. So if you need a 'Go anywhere' truck then the FJ cruiser is the car for you. Everything elses is just fine with the car except the rear visability when backing up. This I rearley do. I am a go forward type of guy. Love the truck, nothing more to say. Jeff
Pros: powerful engine (this is no dog off the line)
Cons: no heated seats
Advice: drive it firstPrior to purchasing this vehicle I did months of research and two test drives - one during the day and one at night, so I'd be sure I would be comfortable with the 'blind spots' we've heard associated with this vehicle. Sorry Hummer and Jeep owners, not only is the FJ better than anything you've got but it really hasn't got blind spots either - just use your mirrors in the FJ and you're fine. Undeniably this is the best vehicle I've driven and it's all-weather capable. I had considered leasing (thinking I'd be tired of it after two or three years), but I was so impressed I bought the FJ and plan to have it a long time.
Pros: ...distinctive appearance and colors
Cons: ...am getting 15-16 mpg in city...gas tank should be 22-24 gallons...not 19.5 gallons.
Advice: ...look at one at a dealership near you...you'll be surprised how much you get for cost and vs. the competitionBest car/SUV I've ever owned (46 yrs. old...3 kids/wife)...is fun, attractive, and very noticed by all. Very distinguised vehicle (Voodoo blue paint, side mirror search lights, white icing roof, large luggage/gear rack on roof, backward opening rear (suicide doors)...mucho space behind rear seats and for kids legs in back seat area, no carpeting (rubberized easy to clean hard to stain interior). I'm surprised more isn't advertised or mentioned in media or by Toyota (only 40-50,000 made for 2007?)...excellent price too...all options and best package for $32-33,000....total!
Pros: Distinctive looks/suicide doors/unbelievable off road capabilities!
Cons: The seats don't have deep enough 'buckets' to hold you in more snugly.
Advice: For Looks, off-road capabilities and price, you can't get anything cheaper! Get one while you can still afford one!!I agree with the previous comments; fun to drive, stock radio sounds great, lots of room and distinctive look, I get a lot of looks too. Don’t listen to the bad reviews. It seems the professional reviewers on articles found elsewhere, were looking for living rooms on wheels. This car has just enough road feel, road sound, and steering wheel feedback to keep you connected to the road. But with out all the road bumpiness I find so annoying on domestic trucks! Other cars keep you so isolated you wonder if you left your living room at all. The drivability and road feel is a feature I found on the Toyota brand, that keeps me coming back. And its big enough inside and out, to make me feel like I’m driving a Bradley... in a good way. Now about the blind spots. Yes they are there. Yes you have to exert a little bit more caution. Yes you have to twist just a little bit more to ensure your spots are clear. But if you want a distinctive looking car you are ‘gonna’ have to put up with some idiosyncrasies. And the visibility issue is the FJ’s one. I wouldn’t change a thing! The side mirrors are ample enough, use them, use your passengers. And look around once in a while, don’t just stare blankly at the car in front of you while yapping on your cell phone! If you are really concern about visibility, then maybe the FJ isn’t for you. Mine has no frills whatsoever, not even a spare tire cover, I was going for a trimmed rugged look and lower price. And the standard steel wheels is part of that all-business-look. However I do have a full power plant with all the features that would make a mountain goat green with envy! I can always add the shiny stuff later. At Camp Lejeune, where I work, the ‘guys’ are gobbling them up! And at my pay-grade, its within my reach! Thank you Toyota! Ever since I saw the Humvee (not the Hummer, the Humvee) way back before they became public knowledge I wanted one. But price-wise, there was no way of getting one unless you were the Governator [of California]. I don’t even want to talk about the follow-up ‘H’ models. Those were made for the girlie-men. To me, my FJ is better than any Humvee I ever drove. And this one fits in my carport! Any, and all other complaints... leave them to the whiny-do-nothing crowd! Price wise, features, quality and looks, its the best Toyota I’ve ever owned. Considering any shortcoming you may find, I highly recommend it.