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5.0
/ 10
On Quality
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$23,985
BASE MSRP
$25,790
On Quality
The 2011 Toyota FJ is very versatile, but there are some serious compromises in comfort and refinement in the name of off-road ability.
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Seat comfort is superb, with supportive bolsters and a soft yet durable cloth.
Edmunds' Inside Line

Because of the tall ground clearance, it is tough for older people and small children to get in and out of the FJ.
MSN Autos

The seats were comfy, which is good if you get moved around a lot on an off-road excursion.
AutoWeek

The front seats provide good support for extended jaunts, but we wish the steering column would telescope for a bit more comfort.
Car and Driver


If you're considering the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser on the same list as more conventional (though off-road-capable) SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee or Nissan Pathfinder, you might need to recalibrate. For carrying backseat passengers, or for ride comfort on long trips, there are far better choices.

With a cramped backseat, and difficult access back there due to small rear-hinged back doors, it's best to think of the FJ as a vehicle for two plus gear. Up in front, most will find the driving position and front seating comfort to their liking, In back, yes, it's small and disappointing, and only kids will be able to fit comfortably; the huge step up to get in can be a hindrance, too. Those looking for a lot of storage compartments for smaller items and electronics might also be a little disappointed.

Ride quality is just okay, seemingly capable of soaking up minor imperfections here and there but becoming harsh and bouncy on the worst road surfaces; on rough surfaces, there's a lot of sideways 'head toss' that could be fatiguing. Refinement in general is also something that you shouldn't expect very much of in the FJ Cruiser. The engine is coarse and vocal during acceleration, and at highway speeds, a combination of tire noise and a slightly boomy engine note conspire to wear you down.

Conclusion

The 2011 Toyota FJ is very versatile, but there are some serious compromises in comfort and refinement in the name of off-road ability.

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