Shopping for a new Toyota FJ Cruiser?
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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
“The FJ's retro-looking dash is color-keyed to the exterior
“good headroom and legroom for six-footers”
“a very comfortable cabin”
Kelley Blue Book
“Rear visibility…is dreadful”
Car and Driver
The 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser’s style dictates a difficult climb into the backseats, but the interior’s pure Toyota in quality.
Reviewers generally praise the up-front portion of the FJ Cruiser’s cabin but are critical regarding the rear of the cabin. “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,” “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.” 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.”
This is a Toyota, after all, and typical Toyota attributes such as “obvious build quality, and amazing versatility” (Car and Driver) still apply. “The FJ's retro-looking dash is color-keyed to the exterior," notes Edmunds, “and most of the controls are straightforward and functional.”
Prospective buyers of the 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser should beware: The FJ's reasonably good ride and quality materials come wrapped in a package with some pretty serious compromises.