Shopping for a new Toyota FJ Cruiser?
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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
“by no means Spartan”
Road & Track
“Rear visibility…is dreadful”
Car and Driver
“FJ's angular shape promotes highway wind rush”
“a very comfortable cabin”
Kelley Blue Book
Prospective buyers of the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser should beware: Its comfortable ride and quality materials come wrapped in a package with some pretty serious compromises.
“Seating in front is very comfortable,” reports Edmunds, “but getting into the rather cramped rear compartment requires a high step up and a contortionist dance, even with the rear doors open.” These comments set the stage for a vehicle whose interior is praised up front and generally criticized regarding the rear. “The seats are all-day comfortable,” ConsumerGuide says of the front, with “good headroom and legroom for six-footers.” Car and Driver warns that “back-seat room is good but not as spacious as one might expect,” and Edmunds chimes in, commenting that “rearward-opening doors aren't as convenient as one might think.” Edmunds concludes “an FJ isn't the best choice” as “a children-schlepping vehicle.”
“The FJ's retro-looking dash is color-keyed to the exterior," notes Edmunds, “and most of the controls are straightforward and functional.” This is a Toyota, after all, and typical Toyota attributes such as “obvious build quality, and amazing versatility” (Car and Driver) still apply.
The 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser’s style dictates a difficult climb into the backseats, but the interior’s pure Toyota in quality.