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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
'Good,' frontal impact; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' rear impact; 'acceptable,' roof strength
Not yet tested
its cool design means there are blind spots
rear visibility is tanklike because of the wide C-pillar and tiny corner window that proves as effective as a solar-powered flashlight
Edmunds' Inside Line
Sitting inside this big vehicle is like looking out of a German pillbox. The visibility is awful; there's just a gun slot of a windshield.
The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser is significantly safer than the old-school off-roaders it emulates, but that doesn't necessarily make it the safest vehicle on the road by today's standards. However, it has earned a rating of 'good' from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), for its rear, side and frontal impacts. Its roof strength has lagged behind, though, receiving only an 'acceptable' rating. The FJ hasn't been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in recent years.
Rearward visibility, as you might guess in just seeing the FJ from the outside, leaves much to be desired. The thick side pillar limits the view when changing lanes, and the rather narrow-windowed design can make parking a chore; even though you'd think that the corners would be quite easy to spot, they're not always, because of the seating position. Rear parking sensors are available, and recommended.
You can thank the FJ Cruiser’s long list of standard safety gear for the positive results. Items include side curtain airbags, a roll-over sensor, anti-lock brakes, active headrests and electronic stability control. Additionally, the vehicle is equipped with active headrests for the front seats: In certain rear collisions, a cable-actuated mechanism in the active headrest moves the headrest upward and forward to help limit the movement of the occupant's head.
There are some important omissions on the FJ Cruiser's safety roster.