Pros

  • Unique design and experience
  • Excellent off-road ability
  • Typical Toyota reliability
  • Holding value incredibly well

Cons

  • Very thirsty for fuel
  • Rear seat are difficult to access
  • Vertical windscreen prone to damage
  • Not as practical as some other SUVs

Verdict

Yes, if it genuinely suits your lifestyle.

Trust us when we say that the novelty and enjoyment of the unique experience will soon wear off if you’re conscious of fuel consumption or require easy access to the rear seats.

If these factors are not a concern to you, buy one...

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Publish: February 4, 2021

With a design aesthetic paying tribute to the classic FJ40 LandCruiser of the 1960s, the FJ Cruiser offered a fun and unique take on the more conservatively designed SUV market.

Based on Toyota Prado underpinnings, the FJ Cruiser was as rugged and off-road capable as it was stylish and unique.

While not as practical or fuel efficient as some of the alternatives, the FJ Cruiser offers a somewhat retro and special experience similar to the Jeep Wrangler, Suzuki Jimny and Mercedes G-Wagen.

Should you buy one, read on to find out.

With a design aesthetic paying tribute to the classic FJ40 LandCruiser of the 1960s, the FJ Cruiser offered a fun and unique take on the more conservatively designed SUV market.

Based on Toyota Prado underpinnings, the FJ Cruiser was as rugged and off-road capable as it was stylish and unique.

While not as practical or fuel efficient as some of the alternatives, the FJ Cruiser offers a somewhat retro and special experience similar to the Jeep Wrangler, Suzuki Jimny and Mercedes G-Wagen.

Should you buy one, read on to find out.

With a design aesthetic paying tribute to the classic FJ40 LandCruiser of the 1960s, the FJ Cruiser offered a fun and unique take on the more conservatively designed SUV market.

Based on Toyota Prado underpinnings, the FJ Cruiser was as rugged and off-road capable as it was stylish and unique.

While not as practical or fuel efficient as some of the alternatives, the FJ Cruiser offers a somewhat retro and special experience similar to the Jeep Wrangler, Suzuki Jimny and Mercedes G-Wagen.

Should you buy one, read on to find out.

  • The 1GR-FE engine can have issues with blown head gaskets however, it is not a common problem. Fresh coolant when specified helps this
  • Cracks can form at the base of the B-pillar
  • Rear door hinges can sag
  • Check that factory recalls have been fixed
  • The 1GR-FE engine can have issues with blown head gaskets however, it is not a common problem. Fresh coolant when specified helps this
  • Cracks can form at the base of the B-pillar
  • Rear door hinges can sag
  • Check that factory recalls have been fixed
  • The 1GR-FE engine can have issues with blown head gaskets however, it is not a common problem. Fresh coolant when specified helps this
  • Cracks can form at the base of the B-pillar
  • Rear door hinges can sag
  • Check that factory recalls have been fixed

Body Styles

  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 200kW / 380Nm

Transmission

  • 5-speed Automatic

Fuel Consumption

  • 9.3 – 15.0 / 100km

Length

  • 4670mm

Width

  • 1905mm

Height

  • 1830mm

Wheelbase

  • 2690mm

Kerb Weight

  • 2000kg

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 2250kg (braked)

Ancap Ratings

  • Not tested

Body Styles

  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 200kW / 380Nm

Transmission

  • 5-speed Automatic

Fuel Consumption

  • 9.3 – 15.0 / 100km

Length

  • 4670mm

Width

  • 1905mm

Height

  • 1830mm

Wheelbase

  • 2690mm

Kerb Weight

  • 2000kg

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 2250kg (braked)

Ancap Ratings

  • Not tested

Body Styles

  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 200kW / 380Nm

Transmission

  • 5-speed Automatic

Fuel Consumption

  • 9.3 – 15.0 / 100km

Length

  • 4670mm

Width

  • 1905mm

Height

  • 1830mm

Wheelbase

  • 2690mm

Kerb Weight

  • 2000kg

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 2250kg (braked)

Ancap Ratings

  • Not tested

Warranty

  • 3 years / 100,000 km

Servicing

  • 10,000 km / 6 months

Model range, pricing and features

Toyota FJ Cruiser-1

FJ Cruiser

Price when new: $44,990 - $47,990

Price used: $31,500 - $40,900

Equipment

  • 12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
  • 17″ Alloy Wheels
  • 8 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Airbag – Passenger
  • Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
  • Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
  • Alarm
  • Armrest – Drivers Seat (Individual)
  • Armrest – Passengers Seat (Individual)
  • Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
  • Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
  • Audio – Input for iPod
  • Audio – MP3 Decoder
  • Bluetooth System
  • Body Colour – Interior Inserts
  • Bottle Holders – 2nd Row
  • Brake Assist
  • CD Stacker – 6 disc In Dash/Cabin
  • Camera – Rear Vision
  • Cargo Tie Down Hooks/Rings
  • Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
  • Clock – Digital
  • Compass
  • Control – Electronic Stability
  • Control – Park Distance Rear
  • Control – Traction
  • Cruise Control
  • Cup Holders – 1st Row
  • Diff lock(s)
  • Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
  • Disc Brakes Rear Ventilated
  • Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
  • Door Pockets – 2nd row (rear)
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Fog Lamp/s – Rear
  • Headrests – Active 1st Row (Front)
  • Intermittent Wipers – Variable
  • Leather Look – Steering Wheel
  • Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
  • Mesh Grille
  • Metallic Finish Door Inserts
  • Metallic Finish Door Mirrors
  • Metallic Finish Interior Inserts
  • Metallic Finish Steering Wheel
  • Multi-function Control Screen
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Paint – Two Tone
  • Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows – Front only
  • Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare
  • Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy
  • Rear Wiper/Washer
  • Rubber – Cabin Floor
  • Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
  • Seatback Pockets – 1st Row (Front) seats
  • Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
  • Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
  • Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
  • Seats – Bucket (Front)
  • Skid Plate – Front
  • Spare Wheel – Full Size Alloy Wheel
  • Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
  • Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Driver
  • Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Passenger
  • Suspension – Heavy Duty
  • Tacho
  • Tailgate with Opening Window
  • Trim – Cloth
  • Vented – Bonnet

MY14 update

  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Parking Assist – Graphical Display

Yes, if it genuinely suits your lifestyle.

Trust us when we say that the novelty and enjoyment of the unique experience will soon wear off if you’re conscious of fuel consumption or require easy access to the rear seats.

If these factors are not a concern to you, buy one and buy it soon.

Only time will tell if the cost of purchasing an FJ Cruiser will continue to increase, and surely there must be a ceiling on what money these trucks can pull, but we are now seeing great condition late-model FJ Cruisers with minimal kilometres on the clock fetching north of $55,000. Amazing when you consider the FJ Cruiser retailed for approx. $47,000 when new.

In our opinion, the FJ Cruiser offers the cool uniqueness and the same all terrain capability of the Suzuki Jimny, Land Rover Defender, Mercedes G Wagen and Jeep Wrangler only with more practicality than a Jimny, better livability than a Defender, less cost than a G Wagen and a better reputation for reliability than the Wrangler.

Yes, if it genuinely suits your lifestyle.

Trust us when we say that the novelty and enjoyment of the unique experience will soon wear off if you’re conscious of fuel consumption or require easy access to the rear seats.

If these factors are not a concern to you, buy one and buy it soon.

Only time will tell if the cost of purchasing an FJ Cruiser will continue to increase, and surely there must be a ceiling on what money these trucks can pull, but we are now seeing great condition late-model FJ Cruisers with minimal kilometres on the clock fetching north of $55,000. Amazing when you consider the FJ Cruiser retailed for approx. $47,000 when new.

In our opinion, the FJ Cruiser offers the cool uniqueness and the same all terrain capability of the Suzuki Jimny, Land Rover Defender, Mercedes G Wagen and Jeep Wrangler only with more practicality than a Jimny, better livability than a Defender, less cost than a G Wagen and a better reputation for reliability than the Wrangler.

Yes, if it genuinely suits your lifestyle.

Trust us when we say that the novelty and enjoyment of the unique experience will soon wear off if you’re conscious of fuel consumption or require easy access to the rear seats.

If these factors are not a concern to you, buy one and buy it soon.

Only time will tell if the cost of purchasing an FJ Cruiser will continue to increase, and surely there must be a ceiling on what money these trucks can pull, but we are now seeing great condition late-model FJ Cruisers with minimal kilometres on the clock fetching north of $55,000. Amazing when you consider the FJ Cruiser retailed for approx. $47,000 when new.

In our opinion, the FJ Cruiser offers the cool uniqueness and the same all terrain capability of the Suzuki Jimny, Land Rover Defender, Mercedes G Wagen and Jeep Wrangler only with more practicality than a Jimny, better livability than a Defender, less cost than a G Wagen and a better reputation for reliability than the Wrangler.

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Please note that pricing information is subject to fluctuations in the automotive market.

Information correct as of Sep 18, 2023.

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