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115-volt outlet in the back for a blender
capability gets even better with the Trail Teams edition
The left-hinged cargo door opens wide for easy access, but needs a lot of space behind the vehicle to fully open.
backup camera (with its display screen in the rearview mirror), simply a must-have on this vehicle
Despite its utilitarian look and feel, the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser comes with a surprising amount of creature comforts, many of them standard. And for those buyers who really do want to go off the beaten path, Toyota offers some great packages and options to improve the FJ Cruiser’s off-road capabilities even further.
Standard items include air conditioning, water-resistant seats, a tilt steering wheel, a rear-door-mounted full-size spare tire, front and rear-tow hooks, plus mudguards. An available Convenience Package adds cruise control, daytime running lights, a rear window wiper, and a spare tire cover. This package also includes a rear backup camera integrated with an auto-dimming rear-view mirror--a must for people with parking anxiety.
When staying on pavement, owners benefit from plenty of audio and connectivity features. The standard audio system includes six speakers and has ports for an iPod, auxiliary cable, or USB device. The steering wheel also integrates audio system and Bluetooth controls for added ease of use, and if you want you can upgrade to a 10-speaker JBL sound system.
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. Add the Class Four receiver hitch and you’ll be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds.
For 2012, the FJ Cruiser’s Trail Teams Special Edition Package that was introduced last year gets a new color, Radiant Red. This package includes most of the items mentioned above but also scores you some off-road lights and body color-matched interior highlights.
Finally, there’s the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) sport package. It gets you some unique alloys and BFG All-Terrain tires, among other upgrades.
For a vehicle targeted at the great outdoors crowd, the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser has a lot of creature comforts.