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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
“Good,” frontal offset and side impact
Five stars, driver-side front impacts; four stars, passenger-side front impacts; five stars, side impacts; three stars, rollover resistance
“Rear visibility…is dreadful”
Car and Driver
Respectable but not excellent is how we assess the 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser for safety. It achieves four-star ratings in the federal (NHTSA) frontal test and five stars in its side test, while the insurance-affiliated IIHS finds the FJ “good” in frontal offset and side tests—though its rating in the seat-based IIHS rear-impact test is “poor.”
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.
Outward visibility can be challenging, given the FJ Cruiser's tall, rather narrow-windowed design. Automobile Magazine points out that “the spare tire taking up much of the tailgate, it's advisable to order the optional rear parking sensor.” Practicality has to take a backseat with a style as radical as the FJ Cruiser’s; nowhere is this more obvious than from the view out, which Motor Trend likens “to wearing a football helmet, with a wide, truncated slot straight ahead and two big blind spots in the periphery.”
Visibility sure isn't great in the 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser, but its occupant protection is quite good and there's a full set of safety features to help keep you secure and out of trouble.