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2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

The eye-catching 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser impressed reviewers with its unique, retro-inspired styling and solid off-road performance. All that comes at a price, however, as the FJ's interior and on-pavement ride simply aren't up to the higher standards of many other 2010 midsize SUVs.

Pros & Cons

  • Fantastic off-road performance
  • Great safety scores
  • Rugged, retro-styled exterior
  • Subpar on-road performance
  • Cramped back seat
  • Some cheap interior materials

Rankings & Awards

The 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2010 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2010 Best Off-Road SUV for the Money award. Currently the Toyota FJ Cruiser has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 80 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.2
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2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser Overview

The 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser’s strong points are apparent. It has standout styling, it’s an off-road champ and it gets great safety scores. However, some of these benefits lead to the FJ Cruiser’s weak points. Its unique exterior shape causes particularly bad blind spots, and all the components that make it great off the beaten path also mean that it’s not very comfortable to drive on-road. Its basic, rugged interior is great for shoppers who plan to get the FJ Cruiser muddy, but it also lacks the refinement and available features common on more car-like midsize SUVs.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 engine and rear-wheel drive, though part- and full-time four-wheel drive systems are available. A six-speed manual transmission is available on models equipped with full-time four-wheel drive, while a five-speed automatic comes with all other models. The 2010 FJ Cruiser is only available in one trim, which includes a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, a compass and a six-speaker stereo standard. A fully-loaded FJ Cruiser might include features like an electronic locking rear differential, a backup camera, an upgraded audio system and keyless entry.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the FJ Cruiser’s off-road chops but need something with more seats, consider the 2010 Toyota 4Runner. It’s based on the same platform as the FJ Cruiser, and like the FJ Cruiser, the 4Runner is known for its off-road prowess and no-nonsense interior. Reviewers thought the 4Runner is a little more refined on the pavement than the FJ Cruiser is, and there’s an available third-row seat that family buyers will appreciate.

You should also consider the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee has legendary Jeep off-road performance, but also offers a particularly refined and comfortable interior. Like the Toyota FJ Cruiser, the Grand Cherokee has five seats, but when it was new, it could be equipped to near-luxury levels, with available features like leather upholstery and a navigation system.

Compare the FJ Cruiser to the 4Runner and Grand Cherokee »

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