Comfort and Quality » 5
QUALITY | 5 out of 10
Seat comfort is superb, with supportive bolsters and a soft yet durable cloth.
Because of the tall ground clearance, it is tough for older people and small children to get in and out of the FJ.
The seats were comfy, which is good if you get moved around a lot on an off-road excursion.
The front seats provide good support for extended jaunts, but we wish the steering column would telescope for a bit more comfort.
Car and Driver
Ride and comfort aren't necessarily the 2014 FJ Cruiser's strong suits, as it makes a few compromises to remain an off-roading purist–gaining its rock-crawling abilities through mechanics rather than electronics.
It's a noisy vehicle inside, and perhaps a little too 'retro' in this respect. Noise and vibration from the engine bay and tires also seem to make it into the cabin much more so in the FJ Cruiser than most other vehicles in the same class. Highway trips may wear on passengers.
Depending on your tastes, the expanse of plastic on the dash, center console and door innards could look or feel cheap. It's a cool retro touch for those see it that way—and easy to keep clean. Otherwise the switchgear is plain but sturdy.
Front seats in the FJ are ample for size and space but not all that supportive. The rear seats are cramped, though the rear-hinged back doors provide decent access. And entry and exit can be a little more challenging than for other SUVs, because of the tall ride height.
For storage and cargo, the FJ Cruiser is surprisingly lacking. Those expecting a reasonably large space to stash gear or weekend project pieces will find a high cargo floor and rather narrow space within the side-opening rear hatch. There are also few smaller places to stow electronics and other smaller items—let alone stow them away from sight.
Altogether, the refinement and ride can be a hangup; vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee are just as capable as the FJ Cruiser but are much more comfortable and easy to live with, especially if long-distance driving is a regular thing.
What it lacks in space and comfort, the FJ Cruiser also lacks in flexibility.