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2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

Although reviewers said the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser has an interior that offers little in the way of luxury, they were impressed with the FJ Cruiser’s great off-road capability.

Pros & Cons

  • Great off-road capability
  • Easy-to-use interior controls
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Tricky rear-seat access




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.5
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2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Overview

Some reviewers said that the 2012 FJ Cruiser accelerates quickly, while others said that the standard V6 engine provides adequate power. Additionally, a few critics found that models with the five-speed automatic transmission are a bit sluggish during highway passing maneuvers. Automatic models are available with rear-wheel drive or a part-time four-wheel drive system. A six-speed manual transmission is also available, which is paired with a full-time four-wheel drive system. The 2012 FJ Cruiser achieves an EPA-estimated 17/20 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for a two-row midsize SUV. When it was new, reviewers said that the FJ Cruiser rides comfortably for an off-road SUV, and they agreed that it tackles rutted roads and boulders easily. The FJ Cruiser was also praised for its good maneuverability, accurate steering and strong brakes.

Auto journalists reported that the 2012 FJ Cruiser's cabin features a durable design and hard plastics, as well as easy-to-clean surfaces like water-resistant upholstery and a rubberized floor. The front seats are comfortable for long trips, but some critics said there was limited back-seat legroom, and noted that it is difficult to access the rear seats through the rear-hinged back doors. A six-speaker stereo, a USB port and Bluetooth are standard. Available features include cruise control, a rearview mirror with an integrated backup camera and an 11-speaker JBL stereo system. The FJ Cruiser offers up to 66.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which is comparable to what many two-row SUVs in the class offer.

Other SUVs to Consider

The Jeep Grand Cherokee earned reviewer praise for its off-road prowess, as well as its comfortable ride on paved roads. In addition, test drivers said the Grand Cherokee’s interior is built with high-quality materials and has a pleasing design.

Though it lacks the FJ Cruiser's off-roading ability, reviewers said the Nissan Murano has impressive handling and a peppy standard V6 engine. The Murano earned praise for its attractive interior design and premium materials.

Compare the FJ Cruiser, Grand Cherokee and Murano »

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