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GREEN | 5 out of 10
17 mpg city, 22 highway (2WD); 17/21 (4WD automatic); 15/20 (4WD manual)
we managed to extract an average fuel consumption of 15.2 mpg
Edmunds' Inside Line
There’s only one engine available with the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser but your mileage can vary depending on whether you have a rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive model and whether you choose the auto or stick.
The rear-wheel-drive FJ Cruiser, which only comes with a five-speed auto, will see you return 17/22 mpg city/highway and 19 mpg combined. Add all-wheel-drive and you’ll see the highway figure drop just 1 mpg. Given the marginal difference in fuel economy between the two, we strongly recommend you opt for the added traction of all-wheel-drive.
Contrary to what you’ll find in most other vehicles, the auto is the more fuel efficient option here. If you choose the manual, you’ll see your mileage dip to 15/20 mpg city/highway and about 17 combined.
Those are pretty dismal numbers for a mid-size SUV, especially if you’re only using it to cart the kids to soccer or picking up the groceries, but if you need a serious off-roader the FJ isn't any worse of a choice than similarly-capable models like the Xterra or Jeep Wrangler.
The 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser’s gas mileage is dismal for a mid-size SUV but this is typical of most serious off-roaders.