Toyota has upped the FJ Cruiser's standard tech content this year, and its set of features is very impressive and should appeal to younger buyers who want to go everywhere but stay connected and entertained. Audio systems have been reconfigured for 2011; all FJ Cruisers now include iPod connectivity and XM satellite radio, in addition to a USB port, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a Bluetooth hands-free system with steering-wheel controls. In addition, there's a new JBL premium audio option.
For dedicated off-roaders, there's a standard rear diff lock, A-TRAC active traction control, and a multi-information display (inclinometer, compass, temperature) available. The All Terrain package includes all of the above plus BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires, 16-inch aluminum wheels (steel wheels are standard on the FJ), Bilstein shock absorbers, a Cyclone air precleaner, and a trip computer.
For 2011, the FJ Cruiser takes even better aim at its target audience with a Trail Teams Special Edition, in Army Green with black bumpers, grille, and door handles. This model also gets an easy-clean cyclone pre-air cleaner, to capture grit, plus stronger 12-volt and 120-volt outlets, water-resistant seats, and rubber-like flooring, in addition to all the equipment of the Off-Road Package. Inside, the JBL premium audio system is included.
A Convenience Package (remote keyless entry, cruise control, power mirrors, and other luxuries), rear sonar parking assist, an eight-speaker audio system with six-disc CD changer, an attractively built-in subwoofer, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and a 115V/400W power outlet.
The Toyota Racing Development (TRD) sport package remains available, too. It comes with Bilstein off-road shocks designed to reduce brake dive and squat, as well as enhance straight-line stability, also including TRD-specific 16-inch rims with BF Goodrich all-terrain tires; an all-black exterior paint scheme; and TRD performance exhaust and rock rails.