2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser was new.

The new, eye-catching  FJ Cruiser delivers solid off-road performance, in keeping with the 40-year-old original FJ. If you want to stand out from the crowd and can live with some interior nits, the new FJ is a solid choice. If you're willing to sacrifice off-roading for a more refined on-road experience, consider the top-rated Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. For another off-roading option, consider the Nissan Xterra.

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.1
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Serious off-roading capabilities
  • Rugged, retro-cool design
  • Comfortable ride on pavement as well as trails
  • Significant blind spots make for dangerously poor visibility
  • Cramped rear seat is difficult to access through the rear-hinged "suicide" doors
  • Complaints about "cheap-looking" interior materials
  • Marginal fuel economy for its class

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Overview

Upon its introduction, the new-for-2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser quickly wowed critics for out-of-this-world looks and impressive off-roading performance. But it also rates well in pavement driving. As the Washington Post notes, the FJ is "capable of conquering the most inhospitable terrain but actually designed to appeal to the outdoor fantasies of the urban elite." AutoWeek says the FJ "stands out among the wash of SUVs found on today's roads."

In other SUVs, the cramped rear seat, poor visibility and sub-standard interior materials would draw more criticism. But Cars.com points out that buyers may overlook these problems in the FJ, simply because it's "pretty damn fun."

The 2007 FJ Cruiser is priced in the middle of the pack among compact SUVs. According to Edmunds, "For the shopper desiring a reasonably affordable SUV that shines in terms of style, performance and off-road capability, the new FJ Cruiser is tough to beat." IntelliChoice gives the FJ Cruiser a rating of "excellent" based on its total cost of ownership, compared to others in its class.

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