The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a retro-looking off-roader that’s based on the modern-day Prado.

It was on sale in the US for some time before Toyota Australia decided to import it to help inject some much-needed ‘cool’ into the brand locally.

There’s just one model of the Toyota FJ Cruiser available, priced from $46,490 and powered by a 4.0-litre V6.

While it’s part 1960s FJ40 retro, the FJ Cruiser is mostly modern day contemporary, with a unique styling edge – it has a truck load of presence.

For a thoroughly niche vehicle, sales have been encouraging to say the least. In the US, the FJ Cruiser found 1500 new homes each month over the course of 2010 and 2011 has kicked off with equal success. Not bad for a sales market that is still reeling from the GFC.

 

The FJ Cruiser’s design origins lay in the hugely capable and highly successful off-road bush basher of the ’60s: the mighty FJ40. Successful, as in just over 1.1 million were sold throughout the world between 1960 and 1984, and 121,000 of those went to Australian buyers.

It was essentially Japan’s take on the American Jeep of the day. This was a seriously capable vehicle and quickly developed a reputation as a hardcore off-road contender that could take ridiculous amounts of abuse, and as such was considered by those in the know to be virtually indestructible, given its bullet-proof reliability.

 

You can see the similarities in key features such as the close-set round headlamps and the same shape grille with mesh insert, the almost bolt upright windscreen, wrap-around rear glass and the white painted roof. These are the giveaway signs to anyone familiar with the ’40’ Series LandCruisers.

 

The FJ Cruiser designers have successfully incorporated all the standout design cues from the FJ40 in a uniquely contemporary package, with the same kind of distinction and edge that the modern MINI designers achieved with their current take on the diminutive ’60s icon.

Jin Kin, the young Korean born designer who was a graduate of that famous automotive designer factory, the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, California, came up with the FJ Cruiser fresh out of school. Not bad for a first effort, and we can’t wait for his encore performance, which won’t be an SUV, he quietly whispered.

Actually, success came even sooner for Jin, as he also worked on the Scion t2B concept, which became the 2008 Scion xB in the United States, and eventually the Rukus in Australia.

Jin says he never set out to design a modern update of the classic FJ40, but rather a modern interpretation of a vehicle with such iconic off-road heritage and character as the 40 Series.

In fact, suitable homage was paid to this classic, when a mint condition FJ40 was shipped in to CALTY (California Toyota Design Studio), and remained on the studio floor throughout the entire design process for the FJ Cruiser.

Jin also told us that FJ Cruiser is “a dream come true” for him, and that his goal was simply to build a show car. Lucky for him, that show car, known as the ‘FJ Cruiser Concept’ caused such a stir at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show, that even the legendary Italian designer Giorgetto Guigiaro, lined up to congratulate the guy.

Within just two years, the FJ Cruiser would become a production reality, when it was revealed at the 2005 Chicago show to great fanfare.

He is also amazed and humbled by the fact that the final production ‘FJ’ is so similar to the show car, and says that whenever he sees one of on the road, “it feels a little like Pinocchio” in terms of bringing an inanimate object to life.

Inspiration for the muscular stance of the FJ Cruiser also came in the form of Jin’s pet dog, an American Pit Bull Terrier – with that hunkered down, forward leaning stance and broad shoulders. It’s intimidating, and to accentuate that look he tried to expose as much of the front tyres as possible. And yes, it works. Jin calls the design language ‘modern industrial’.

An “indestructible, fun, off-road SUV for young people with an active lifestyle” was the original brief for the design pitch that won Jin this project, and there is no question that the FJ Cruiser nails that brief with a bullseye.

It’s the same retro-modern treatment inside the new FJ, but it’s not the work of Mr Jin Kim, but rather William Chergosky, who had previously done time at Chrysler on Jeep interiors, and thus was well credentialed for the FJ Cruiser job.

One of the first things that hits you when you climb into the FJ’s cabin is the exposed sheet metal in the same colour as the exterior and the industrial-style piping that is covered in vinyl and laid horizontally along the dashboard. It’s a very industrial look, which conveys that ‘unbreakable’ image of a rugged go-anywhere vehicle.

That’s not surprising either. A picture of Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry and a movie poster from Raiders of the Lost Ark were just two of several images that inspired Chergosky on the FJ Cruiser project.

There’s more colour-coded sheet metal on the door trim too, but it doesn’t look budget or cheap, as the rest of the materials and features are the usual Toyota quality look and feel.

The seats are not only comfortable and sufficiently well bolstered, but are also kid-proof, mud-proof, and water-proof, due to a special water-repellent resin that has been applied to the back of the fabric.

Even the rubber-look flooring of the FJ Cruiser is specially grooved to channel water, so I guess that means it can be hosed down after a day in the mud. Either way, the whole interior treatment is dirt friendly.

Rather than follow the two-door design of the FJ40, but wishing to maintain a coupe style, a far more practical approach uses smaller rear-opening doors which are relatively easy to open and offer far better access to the rear seats.

The FJ is very wide, so there’s a heap of elbow space between driver and front passenger, as well as excellent legroom on both sides. It’s not exactly limo class in the rear, but our 178cm passenger throughout the launch route reported a comfortable ride – for an hour or two.

There’s also excellent access to the rear luggage compartment with a swing door, or you can pop the glass window open if you want to throw something light and small in the back.

It’s loud but without a lot of bling, looks cool, and is exceptionally comfortable – but how does the FJ Cruiser go?

You won’t believe how good this thing drives on the dirt, and how it irons out the rough stuff. There are very few vehicles with this kind of off-road competence that provides passengers with this level of comfort, and the Range Rover Vogue is one of them.

Under the bonnet sits a 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine lifted straight out of the Toyota Prado. It’s a wonderfully smooth and free-revving powertrain that develops 200kW and 380Nm of torque.

While that may not seem terribly impressive, especially when lugging around 1955 kilograms of FJ Cruiser, 310 of those Newton-metres are available from a staggering 1200rpm. Remember, this is petrol power, not a diesel. There’s oodles of punch from the very instant you tap the throttle and the power is put to ground in an utterly silk smooth fashion through a five-speed auto. Six forward ratios would be better and provide even more fuel efficiency on the tarmac, but having said that, the ratios are well spaced and the shifts are seamless.

Not only that, it’s quiet too and you won’t know if the engine is ticking over on a warm idle, such is its refinement. All three of us in the test vehicle were surprised by how little engine noise there was in the cabin of the FJ, even under heavy acceleration.

Drivers can shift manually too, and while it’s not quite a sequential shift, the movement is effortless.

Given the FJ Cruiser’s substantial width and weight, I wasn’t expecting such composed ride and handling on the tarmac, but there’s a good reason why the suspension set-up on this vehicle is so well sorted, and it involves the ‘Toyota Technical Centre in Australia (TTCA) and its intimate knowledge of local conditions.

Firstly, the engineering team benchmarked the Toyota Prado, which has a solid reputation for ride and handling, but after twelve months of testing off road and in the cities, made some important changes to the suspension tuning on the FJ.

Rather than go with the softer set up from the United States, the chief engineer on the FJ Cruiser project decided to stiffen the shock absorbers by 10 precent and reduce the hydraulic power assistance on the steering.

The end result is nicely weighted steering from dead centre that tightens up when traveling at highway speeds, but is also light enough for those parallel parking in suburbia.

The other change is that the wheel and tyre package has increased by one inch from the Prado to 17-inch alloys, which is part of the reason why the FJ Cruiser delivers such extraordinary all round comfort in different terrains.

Read Part Two of the FJ Cruiser review – which covers the vehicle’s off-road capability in more detail.




  • DKA

    Sensational vehicle,well done Toyota,it will sell like hotcakes,only negative is no diesel.

    • Nick01

      I agree with you.

    • CherryOX

      Who cares… they are a bloody unreal toy to own. I picked up my hornet yellow 2 weeks ago bloody awesome

  • AMPboy

    Awesome car, finally an interesting Toyota!

    • James Cortez

      Awesome??? It’s ugly. Buy the grand cherokee instead or this money. It has a more advanced engine (higher specific output per liter and also higher torque / liter), more equipment, more luxurious, better looking etc. Because of “toyota” brand, tehy can sell it at this price (read expensive).

      Nissan Australia should bring in the X’terra (4.0 liter) as it is much better looking and “proper” 4 doors. Motor Trend tested it against its competitors (FJ cruiser included) and the X’terra came out on top!!

      Nissa Australia is pathetic. They sell what’s called altima elsewhere and call it Maxima downunder. The real maxima is what’s sold in North America.

      • http://Subaru Sumodog

        grand c is the same price or more.

      • fmi

        at least the FJ wont spontaneously combust

        • Sofun!

          I love that – spontaneously combust – it reminds me of the time I told my husband I dreamed his car was going to catch fire! He laughed at me, but the next time he drove it, it did! And he was out on a country road trying to douse the flames emanating from his, yup, J10!

  • ab

    Prado had 17 inch wheels since last model.

  • Nobody

    Anthony
    With regards to the Part 1 of the review, Can you tell us how does this compare against 2011 Jeep GC ?

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      These are two very different executions of the same type of vehicle, and a proper comparison would have to involve both vehicles on the same test route.

    • t39

      Yes, seems very different to JGC to compare them directly: one is built on a superceed Prado platform, the other on the future M-class platform. Which one should I choose, though call…

  • Pump

    Love those 3 wipers on the windscreen.

  • Robin Graves

    I dont like the look of these things, they dont look right in the flesh. I seen one in Canada a few years ago and nearly vomited.

    • gazza

      I drove one in the states 2 years ago and have been waiting for it to come to australia ever since, great to drive & unreal offroad and a real head turner i dont think you know what your talking about robin! Toyota will sell every one they can bring in to the country,well done toyota! I hope they make available the TRD PACK.

      • Old Dog

        TRD is dead so fairly unlikely.

        • DWS1

          ..only here, look at the USA toyota.com website for details.

      • Robin Graves

        It’s just an opinion, I have no doubts they will sell well. As for a TuRD version, if its all show and no go then whats the point? They should put in a V8 and modified offroad suspension etc.

  • Save It for the track

    Looks like a Tonka Toy.

    • Frenchie

      If it built like a Tonka it will last!

      • sambian

        this car is something else. jux acquired mine twoweeks ago. the experience is awesome. keep it up, toyota.

  • BB

    Great car, its going to be a tough call between this or the new Ford Ranger. My only concern here is the lack of visibility from the rear seats, making for a boring journey for those sitting back there.

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      There is a standard rear camera and rear sensors.

      • DWS1

        …rear passengers can not see out of it?

        • ST

          I’ve had rides in the back seat and it’s not as bad as what people make of it.

  • Able

    I can haz manual transmission? No? Bugger off then.

    • Jake

      exactly go bugger off then you putrid thing

      • bangel

        Better looking than a skoda

  • RickyC

    How come there is not a single photo showing the car directly from the back?

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      No reason, but there are plenty of pics that show most of the rear end. It just wasn’t a very interesting shot to be honest.

      • RickyC

        Fair enough, but that’s your opinion. It would still be nice to see the rear view straight on for curiosity’s sake. Anyway, you suggest that 1500 sales a month in the US market is “encouraging”, but I disagree. In fact, that would make it one of the lowest selling Toyota models over there, with the possible exception of LandCruiser 200. Most popular Toyota models over there sell between 7,000-10,000 per month. Also interesting is that in the US market, the FJ Cruiser costs less than Kluger, while here it is 5k more.

        • http://caradvice.com.au Anthony

          The FJ Cruiser is very much a niche model, and as such 1500 units per month “is encouraging”. I’m not sure how many trim levels there are in the US or whether they have just one, as they propose to have here in Australia, good question though.

          • ST

            It’s funny you say the $45k is steep? Perhaps compared to the other Toyota 4WD, I think for a truck with the a lot of fruits, it’s another great price for something like this

    • dilligaf

      Cos its butt ugly

      • Jake

        Just cause your mother say you’re good looking doesn’t mean you are.

  • Hung Low

    I’ll have the Green one thanks!

  • Ben T

    How is it like to sit on 2nd row, can you enjoy the view from there? I think you can see a lot more from the old FJ40.

  • mrxandthexfactor

    If Toyota can have a licenced FJ to lend to you guys for testing, why can’t they just start putting them in showrooms for sale?

  • Blitzkrieg

    Interesting vehicle,looks to be more of a genuine off roader than a soccer mum shopping trolly.Not enough carpet and luxuries for them,should sell well even though price is a little ambitious.

  • DWS1

    You must be talking about a FWD, as the Kluger KX-R AWD 5 seater is RRP $44,490.
    Still one is a people mover and one is a real 4WD.

    …bit worried about the “…you can not put a bull bar on the FJ”

    • Mitch

      ARB have a range of after market stuff, including a bullbar.

      • http://fixaframe.com.au Dave

        ARB has a bull bar in USA but apparently not in Australia due to Toyota restricting loading to 20KG. So modifications required otherwise only a nudge bar and no winch. It will be a while before aftermarket accessories get Aussie certification which is a bummer

    • klint

      xrox makes a comp bar for the fj. im getting one fitted in 2 weeks

  • http://caradvice Row

    This is an unusual review that contradicts all of the reviews I have read overseas. Poor visibilty, interior finish, high fuel consumption and poor on road real world driving experiance seems to be the norm. It has also been a sales lemon in the US according to other websites. This is a strange, glowing article for what most experts believe to be an average vehicle???

  • Xuan

    You yourself are having an outsiders perspective, not all reviews are the same, some are revered some are not. Even the Nissan GTR have it’s fair share of bad publicity. The world is made up of different people with their opinionative objections & praise.

    In stating that though, the visibility issue is apparent by the photos, and the spartan interior well, you could raise issues but it’s apparently the intended design.

    However even if that was the intention then the intention is not appropriate for a car that you most likely be going on long elevated trips would require comfortable seating not park bench spinal breakers.

    Visibility should have a dome like structured.
    The back passengers should atleast have a sunroof like the purgeots or citreon cars. It’s a life style car, passengers in the back should be able to see the water falls only needing to look up to do so and have water splashing in the car via the open top. It’s a delight.

    The cluster of gizmo in the Fj60 is ok as in gimmick terms i.e compass etc. which is good but it should co-incide with a standard GPS. Unless you get a free directory with in for the fun of old time navigation. A contradiction comment here though that if you do lose a signal via gps atleast you got the analog gizmo.

    The car is good but not great, most car don’t generally hit the mark with the first production. Will the FJ60 truly be as rough and ruggered as it is conveyed by the Big T, only a cross country test will tell.

  • Alister

    Must say I love the look of this thing and I would buy one if I had the money! looks great and by the sound of this review, drives great – which is unusual for Toyota!

  • Lukaas

    Ive been inside this car and, its nothing luxurious, but thats the point. Its more skewed towards durability and “toughness” than your typical Soccer mum SUVs.

    Ive seen the TRD version and it looks tough too.

    As I said, this SUV will have its niche market… most likely the same people with Mini’s but looking for a family alternative… this looks great next to a mini.

    I like it, it’ll be among my top picks if I was looking for an SUV, along with the Mazda CX7s… but this looks more stylish and “fun”.

  • Steven

    Lack of turbo diesel is a fail to be honest as is a manual gearbox.

    The rest looks pretty good but the front seats look very flat like many Japanese cars.

  • http://caradvice OSU811

    why no 3.0 turbo diesel model!
    they Prado would sell 10 diesels to 1 V6 petrol
    so it would make more sense for fuel economy, sales
    and off road use to offer the diesel with the 5sp auto!

  • Pauly

    I am very very tempted to sell my Golf GTI for this car.

  • Heath

    make a diesel Toyota ! And you will sell tones of them

    • ST

      Then it wouldn’t be a niche car would it?

      • Greg

        Well, arent they aiming at being offroad savvy with no bells and whistles? Offroad = Turbo Diesel or is it aiming at soccer Mums who want everyone to THINK they go offroad?

        I guess the questions most people are asking: Is it really an offroad vehicle or is it a really good pretend offroad vehicle?

  • Valet Dabess

    what’s the rear vision like?

  • stifler

    diesel pppllllllleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssseeeeeeeeee!!

    • Tomas79

      Why not just get a swb prado diesel….
      Essentially the same car but more practical….

      • Not Another Toyota

        Well well well, there is always a first time for every thing…& this time even though it pains me to do so, but I have to agree with Tomas, but there are 2 reasons why people wouldnt buy the SWB Prado Tomas
        1 It costs more
        2 And for some people it’s about being cool.

        For me, like Tomas, I think the SWB Prado is way better & it does have a diesel option.

  • MattW

    Side profile reminds me a bit of the Tourags in the Dakar rally.

  • lukaas

    I’ll take a black one thanks!

  • Jim

    I live in Michigan, in the USA and own a 2011 FJ 4X4 with the off road package, I LOVE my truck. This is one sturdy beast; you take it anywhere you want to go. While 3/4 of my driving is city, this thing starts smiling once on dirt and grinning when off road. It almost sighs when you turn off the main road to the back roads, like thank you. I have taken in thru large snow storms here; I have already pulled out bigger 4X4s. I have averaged 18, or 19 MPG city and that includes warming up in driveway and some 4X4ing. I have gone out after huge snow and pulled out a snowplow (4X4 P/U with blade) I am normally the one in it, my wife also if the weather is bad, we take the FJ, the back seat does hold us comfortably, but limited view back there, how many times do you have people in your back seat now? You don’t have the wide open view you do with a passenger car, it’s the same with any truck or Van. You don’t get an FJ if you’re trying to get 50 MPG, but if you want a VERY sturdy truck that will go anywhere, this truck is for you. I know 2 people one with 2008 and one with 2009 with 75,000 and 123,000 miles and have not had one ounce of problems. Mine came with synthetic oil, and oil change is every 10,000 miles, I heard its actually made by Hino Motors and rebadged, Hino is the commercial division of Toyota. So as long as you know what you’re buying you will be happy, I bought this looking for a all terrain vehicle that can still pull off normal transportation duties, this does that very well, I am in 3 or 4 hours a day and its good, I do not like that it only comes with 1 12v adaptor, so I added one. Kind of funny, but I find myself going down dirt roads hoping to find some good hill to climb, ha ha.

  • Ray

    Needs to have a diesel and manual option.

  • Graham

    I had a good look over one at the dealership and without testing it’s off-road capability instantly decided against buying one for the following reasons.
    1. The rear seats do not fold flat. The rear cargo area is left wanting because of this.
    2. Rear seat access. The rear doors look great but need to be about 6 inches wider.
    3. Visibility, massive blind spots due to those solid panels and small rear window.
    4. No diesel. Really! no diesel! come on.
    5. Price. Aussie dollar at record highs, basic no frills plastic and rubber interior (yes I know it’s meant to be)no electronics (same comment)and no option but what colour do you want, there is no way it’s worth that much for a toyota badge. If you want an iconic design with tough off-roading get a wrangler with a few k’s for half the price.

  • Ben Higgins

    The FJ cruiser is good but you should try the Land cruiser 200!
    Its got a V8 engine instead of V6, its got 202 kW power instead of 200 kW, its got 410 nm torque instead of 380 km of torque. Thats only Petrol. Including a 4.7 ltr DOHC V8 engine.

    The Diesel has 195 kW of power, 650 nm of torque, in the 4.5 ltr Twin Turbo Engine!

    Its got huge features:

    Three grades (GXL, VX, and Sahara)
    18 inch alloy wheels instead of 17.
    and HEAPS MORE!!!

    Whatever you need you have it!!!

    Regards,
    Ben!

    • Matty B

      It’s also double the price.

  • Ratster

    The FJ Cruiser has all the elements of what my next 4WD vehicle might be except it is not available in diesel variant..and has anyone realised this thing runs on premium unleaded fuel..kind of strange for a vehicle meant to be used mainly in the bush..try finding PULP outside most major cities.

    • Greg

      Excellent obsevation… PULP is not free flowing in rural areas! Well said.

  • DR J

    I had a look at one of these today, I now know my next car! Couple of negatives, no climate control and rear door opens against the kerb, shame they did not swap the hinge around for Aus. Oh and T39 the aussie cruiser is built on the new Prado platform.

  • http://catmeshenclosures.com.au Chris Clark

    I have a 80 series landcruiser, petrol GXT, always fully serviced, bilsen shocks and a few other tricks. Its great. I have to update and I saw the FJ, went for a test drive with my wife. Absolutely great. You talk about cost, well I thought this was going to cost around 60 thou, with the 200 series costing way more. I was going to look at downsizing to a Subaru or some sort of SUV. When the guy told me the cost was 49373 on road, I was sold.
    I don’t need tricks and with rear parking sensors and rear parking camera as standard. What can you say. The subaru I looked at with sufficient grunt was going to cost me 52000. There are cheaper models but you get what you pay for.

  • Vinny Ozorio

    If they sold a diesel it would out-sell the Prado and I don’t think Toyota want that !!! I’d but one to-morrow if there was a diesel (even the old style Prado one)

  • Cameron

    This is a solid vehicle, thats prob why no diesel. I’m a mechanic and know that the diesels, all common rail diesels are not only unreliable but very expensive to fix. What ever benefit you get from fuel economy is outweighed by expensive and more regular services, injector faults, turbos, injector pumps etc. anyone who recommends buying a Jeep has no right to comment on anything automotive, as they are the worst built and most expensive 4×4 for parts of them all! I have a 3.4L hilux done 250,000km, no engine repairs no oil leaks and blows no smoke. How many 3.0l diesels can say the same?

  • fitzy96

    whats the fuel economy in town?

  • klint

    we picked up one of these fj cruisers and its brilliant, the diff locks ans the active stability control in low 4 in really dry loose sand and it just idled out, fuel economy is ok, the car is a pleasure to drive,
    klint

  • John Dunbar

    Great looking vehicle and would consider buying one with a 4 liter Diesel Engine; if driving in the outback you need the security of ample range. Without the diesel engine it will remain an urban “look at me” toy.

  • sharon maclean

    I have just bought one in april , done have it yet due to Japan earthquake. Currently drive a great grande kluger and have traded it for an FJ. The Fj is great for pulling the boat, and having young kids they love being in the back, and I love the fact that they can’t open the back doors etc.

    Every car has great things and things that could be better, but hey what would be the point of changing cars if they are all the same

  • ToyotaA1

    This car looks awesome!!!

  • Brett

    I would buy one of these if I had a lazy 50g around over a hylux or a prado anyday.
    But lets get real guys how many of these FJ’s have you seen on the roads in OZ does that tell you something?

  • samtods

    i am planning to buy Fj2011 in australia.Any suggestion

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715760895 Charles Dean

    I have had my FJ Cruiser for 4 weeks now, 3000 on the clock. Have done some off roading on mates farm after heavy rain, they are hard to stop. I LOVE THIS CAR!

  • larry

    I am thinking of trading in the wifes gross Prius for one of these FJ CRUISERS AS THEY HAVE STYLE AND THE KUDOS OF THE Prado. To think her box with no suspension or discernible forward motion is about the same cost as this FJ. She agreed as she likes the look of it. We had a Jeep, a diesel, and agree with others here, it was poorly built, unreliable, very expensive for parts, cramped, poor ergonomics. dO NOT COMPARE THEM. Toyota 4WD are excellent, even if their cars are designed to appeal to stepford wives.

  • scatman

    Just cause her box is a bit worn out and theres no forward motion, no need to trade her in

  • apdw

    Test drive the demo FJ that came to our dealer in town last week. I order the fist one for sale (that will be here in two days) even before the test drive. VERY NICE on and off the road.
    Can’t wait to take it to the dunes (highest in the world)in Namibia.

    Well done TOYOTA SOUTH AFRICA.

  • http://caradvice.com.au Ron

    The FJ Cruiser has the “X” factor! Looks,stands in the crowd, 4wd drive ability, colour range and oomph! But the thick C pillar means that rear seat passengers have very little or no view of their environment. The door set up would become very annoying if you had a couple of kids who wanted to get in and out quickly and conveniently. Toyota could have easily made the door artrangement as in conventional layout and not lost any of the appeal. There is plenty of room to do this and not lose the original styling intentions.

  • dimmy666

    1.take headrests off,they fold flat then
    2.wasnt aimed at families or rear passenger market
    3.large mirrors,rear view camera and park sensors
    4.It is an American designed 4×4 for THEIR market,not ours(they dont buy diesels under 4 litres!!!
    5.Great Wall $26k,wrangler $43k,Grand cherokee $45, FJ $45
    Do your homework and drive one(road and bush)

  • Dobzero

    Just trading the CRV for one of these babies.

    Great car for my wife and I now the kids have left home and there are just the two of us plus the dogs.. Outback australia here we come.
    Roof tent on board, plenty of protective accessory bars, lights, radio, etc and what an adventure. Sand, rock and outback here we come.

  • Jboatwood

    Have fallen for this car, sat in one at the dealership, hopefully my next purchase. Check out the Top to Bottom tour on you tube, fantastic footage, what a weapon!

  • GJ

    I love driving the FJ Cruiser and it is very comfortable, but oh that very thirsty petrol V6 which is worse than a Ford Territory .  Come on Toyota, you have a brilliant Diesel that would transplant in without any engineering difficulty.  Not to mention that such a strategy would also allow for a higher towing capacity.  My wife says it needs a dash mounted grab handle for the passenger and if the rear seats could be made to fold flat, then you have the perfect vehicle.  Listen to the consumer please and get the Hilux diesel fitted asap.

  • Nsilove Udosen

    can toyota crusiserF.J 6CYLINDER japan ,206 model be imported to nigeria

  • Jack

    I really love this car, but very hesitate to buy a V6 petrol engine as petrol price is jumping up very quickly. Another problem is that FJ has relatively small fuel tank that won’t let you driving through Australia’s outback without fearing stopped in the middle of nowhere. I would like Toyota to make a same wonderful FJ with 3 diesel engine and at least 85l fuel tank so that I would drive into Simpson Desert without worrying that my fuel tank has no enough juice. Come on, Toyota, it is not difficult for you to do so. Aussie take outback driving seriously. We don’t use this car for fun.

  • Waz

    You can’t keep ripping off the Aussie consumers Toyota.  Price the FJ according to the US price.