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Respectable but not excellent is the best way to sum up 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser safety.
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'Good,' frontal impact; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' rear impact; 'acceptable,' roof strength

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its cool design means there are blind spots
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rear visibility is tanklike because of the wide C-pillar and tiny corner window that proves as effective as a solar-powered flashlight
Edmunds' Inside Line

Sitting inside this big vehicle is like looking out of a German pillbox. The visibility is awful; there's just a gun slot of a windshield.

If you look at crash-test ratings, the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser is respectable but no standout for safety. That said, if you look at its list of features, it's all there. Side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, active headrests, and electronic stability control are all included, along with roll-sensing side curtain airbags that can detect a potential rollover and signal the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system to help reduce a lateral skid—and even deploy the side bags for a rollover.

The insurance-funded IIHS has rated the Toyota FJ Cruiser 'good'—its best score—in frontal and side impact, as well as the seat-based rear-impact test, but it only earned an 'acceptable' rating in the new roof strength test—which seems especially important for tipsier off-road-oriented SUVs. In the former federal tests the 2010 and earlier FJ had earned four- and five-star ratings for frontal impact and a top five-star showing in all aspects of side impact.

Given the FJ Cruiser's tall, rather narrow-windowed design, you'd be correct to guess that outward visibility isn't that great. It can be challenging, and for a better look out during parking, we recommend the optional rear parking sensor system.


Respectable but not excellent is the best way to sum up 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser safety.

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