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8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 8.8
Reliability:
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2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

While it doesn’t offer the on-road handling of a crossover, the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser’s off-road ability and style gave reviewers plenty of reason to like it. 

Pros & Cons

  • Stand-out styling
  • Fantastic safety scores
  • Brawny off-road capabilities
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Unrefined on-road performance

New for 2011

  • USB port and satellite radio became standard
  • Locking rear differential became standard

2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Overview

The 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser’s forte is conquering the parts of the world where the pavement ends. If you plan on doing a lot of off-roading, the FJ Cruiser is certainly worth a look. If you’re sticking to pavement, reviewers said the FJ Cruiser lacks the refinement of other SUVs that provide better on-road performance. However, the Toyota FJ Cruiser has good safety scores, making it a solid choice among used SUVs.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser comes with a 4.0-liter V6 engine and either rear- or four-wheel drive. Standard features include air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Options when it was new are mostly mechanical and include upgraded tires, heavy-duty off-road shocks and an electronically-controlled rear differential. Common features like keyless entry were included in a convenience package, while options like navigation weren’t available from the factory.

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Other Cars to Consider

One of the best alternatives to the Toyota FJ Cruiser is the 2011 Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler has similarly distinctive looks to the FJ Cruiser, but when it was new, more options were available. These include a voice-controlled media interface and leather seats. If you opt for the 2012 Wrangler instead of the 2011 model, you’ll get a more powerful engine with slightly better fuel economy. However, the Wrangler falls short of the FJ Cruiser with low safety scores, but for a true off-roader, the Wrangler is hard to beat.

The 2011 Toyota 4Runner doesn’t offer the same bold exterior styling as the FJ Cruiser, but it combines the FJ’s outstanding off-road abilities with a bit more space and practicality. The 4Runner offers a third-row seat and a second row that’s more fit for adults than the FJ Cruiser’s, in addition to a lot more cargo space. It also has a four-cylinder engine that gets better fuel economy than the FJ Cruiser’s V6. The 4Runner’s better on-road manners may make it a better pick.

Compare the FJ Cruiser to the Wrangler and 4Runner »

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