Toyota FJ Cruiser review

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Overdone retro style Cramped rear

Poor visibility

The Toyota FJ is very PC. By which we mean Carrier — not armoured but a swivelling machinegun mount look out of place on the roof.

a military flavour to the design, Toyota says takes its from the original J40/FJ40 here first on the Snowy Scheme in the 1960s — and in one or two war — but the new one looks more the result of a one-night stand Hummer.

Luckily, whatever you of the retro-brute styling, underneath it is a practical vehicle that has the techno-trizz bin but done a bit of staple in Toyota’s off-road parts

Available only in one spec at the FJ Cruiser has all the usual basic equipment, plus a six-stacker CD with iPod, USB and Bluetooth. and a rear-view camera and parking

The price makes it the entry to Toyota dual-range 4WD wagons, the Landcruiser well above it at $65,140 — although a Prado at the FJ’s price constant 4WD.

But if you’re for a two-stage transfer case, you can get one in a Grand Vitara V6 petrol at or a Subaru Forester 2.0D at the price if you’d prefer — although with a transmission.

And starting at $43,900 also a few dual-range choices the Mitsubishi Challenger turbodiesels either a manual or a five-speed auto.

The FJ Cruiser sits on a version of the Landcruiser Prado and has used the same 4.0-litre V6 engine five-speed automatic with real offroad coming from a two-speed case and a lockable rear — which get separate

The engine develops 200kW of at 5600rpm and a pretty hefty of torque at a pretty high but with 310Nm available 1200rpm.

The official combined fuel is 11.4L/100km, but we couldn’t get within of that except on a highway and ended up with just on in a mixture of urban, inner-city and driving with a very offroad taste.

The FJ Cruiser on the original design with styling in the upright glass — wide and shallow to need three wipers wraparound rear windows, grille with Toyota out, round headlights and high nose.

The interior has a flavour, with the squared-off of the centre stack, big easy-to-read — with outside compass direction and pitch and yaw and the hose-out feel of the rubber

The driver gets height and the front row has ample legroom. rear half-doors give enough access to the rear but there’s not a lot of room back Kids will probably the novelty factor and the high but adults will feel

There’s scope to head in the decent ground clearance on the rubber and 17-in wheels, and the front and rear overhangs help approach and departure for gullies and creeks. But a 20kg limit on the front chassis will stymie those who to fit a bulbar or winch there.

It been crash-tested here but the Prado to which it’s related got four stars in for the VX with six airbags, and more a full five stars for with more safety — and more airbags.

The FJ is back to six bags, plus headrests on the front seats, and has and stability controls, anti-lock with brake assist for effort in emergency stops and distribution to counter uneven loading.

Visibility is good for towards the rear, which with the rear-mounted full-sized — is so poor as to be almost The rearview camera and rear sensors help in that but those who still like to add a human check to the electronic will be frustrated.

First of all there’s the attention get in the FJ. People will either it or hate it, but either way they’ll all it — so you’ll have to get with that.

Until you’ll at least be comfortable the drive. Whether you’re on the or off, the ride quality is Part of the reason behind will be the 100,000km+ of testing to the suspension for Australia.

The steering was in the same program but has still up with less connection and than we’d like on the — although it works enough to get the vehicle around at speeds and for parking.

Except for who wait in vain for a diesel to the range, few could complain with the V6 engine’s smoothness and With close to 2-tonne to around, the FJ isn’t spritely off the but there’s plenty of effort on tap for and overtaking.

And in a brief paddock and gully it’s proved to have torque and decent design for tough crawls, with the low and traction control working and the short overhangs avoiding through deep washouts. And recently returning a HiLux vehicle with an offroad trail on the paintwork, we were to try and erase some of the blot on our with this one.

people will want the or manual it doesn’t have, but for who will occasionally need the low to go offroad but won’t ever hard-core factors, the FJ Cruiser styling that stands out the crowd.


Price .

Warranty . 3 years, 100,000km

interval . 10,000km/6 months

. 11.4L/100km, 91RON, 267g/km

rating . N/A

Safety equipment . 6 ESP, ABS, EBD, front headrests, traction and control, rearview camera, parking sensors

Ground . 224mm

Approach/departure/ramp-over angles .

Towing . 2250kg braked, unbraked

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