A Review of the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser has the elements the public is looking for in an off-road focused vehicle. Add appealing color choices and some engaging interior features, and the FJ Cruiser comes out a winner to many potential buyers. This distinctive looking vehicle may steal the hearts of the unsuspecting consumer with its mix of rugged looks and inspired off-road handling.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Exterior

The FJ Cruiser is available in the natural occurrence-inspired colors of Black, Magma, Iceberg, Quicksand, Cavalry Blue, Army Green, Magma Orange and Cement Gray. Interior colors stick to subdued black or gray with some color-keyed elements.

Exterior features that catch attention include 17-inch tires on black steel wheels that give the FJ Cruiser a distinctive look in any group of off-roaders. Ailver painted exterior rearview mirrors, a 2-tone-exterior color (with the exception of Iceberg), black bumpers featuring metallic trim, Daytime Running Lights and power exterior mirrors with illuminated markers make this car a looker. Its 2 full doors and 2 access doors, all featuring silver accented door handles add to visual appeal. Black overfenders featuring built-in integrated mudguards add to the unique visual appeal of the Cruiser, while multi-reflector headlamps, a back window defogger featuring an intelligent timer, give this car a great look. Power exterior mirrors featuring lighted markers and washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers appeal to the practical side of any off-road enthusiast tired of the minute details losing out on attention.

Interior features appeal to any passenger who prefers comfort but is along for the ride nonetheless. These features include air conditioning that has an internal air filter and middle row vents, 4 cupholders in the center console and 2 bottle holders in the access doors. Door locks and power windows, 4 assist grips, 4 map pockets, and a key cylinder light are more great features. Long-lasting flooring and water resistant seat fabric are no-nonsense and acknowledge the fact that some days will require a good hosing down for both the exterior and interior of a well-run FJ Cruiser.

The all-important entertainment aspect of the FJ Cruiser does not disappoint, although it lacks in bells and whistles. The CD player with AM/FM radio reception has capability to play both MP3/WMA media. It also has six speakers, a USB outlet featuring iPod connectivity, along with hands-free capability for a cellphone and the ability to stream music over Bluetooth technology, as well as control audio and Bluetooth via steering wheel controls.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Interior

The FJ Cruiser cranks out 260 horsepower with 271 lb-ft. of torque. A five-speed ECT automatic and a six-speed manual transmission are each available for the 2013 models. A 4.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine with a four-valve valvetrain and a maximum towing capacity of 4,7000 lbs are some other intriguing statistics for the FJ Cruiser’s player card. The vehicle is available in two-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive and full-time four wheel drive.

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Engine

There are also packages that can be added to the standard; the convenience package, the upgrade package, the Off-Road package, the TRD package and the Trail Teams Special Edition package. This optional package offers features including cruise control, a keyless entry system and a spare tire cover. The upgrade package adds 17-in. wheels, a traction control system for the four-wheel drive models, an electronically controlled locking back differential, a six entry -disc CD changer and eleven speakers in 7 locations (which includes a subwoofer). Other options include a leather-trimmed steering wheel along with a rear parking system with sonar to detect unseen objects behind your car.

The Off-Road package adds expertly engineered Bilstein shock absorbers, a floating-ball Multi-information display, a traction control system, a compass and an outside temperature display. The TRD package, meanwhile, adds TRD 16-in., six-spoke wheels with tires for any terrain, tires, high-speed-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers and TRD decals.

The Trail Teams Special Edition Package, which is available in Cement Gray (outside color not available otherwise), boasts black bumpers, grille and door handles. The package includes TRD 16-in., six-spoke Special Edition wheels, wheel locks, cruise control, a remote keyless entry system, a traction control system and Bilstein shock absorbers.

The projected fuel economy regarding the FJ Cruiser is 16 miles per gallon for travel in the city and 20 mpg once the tires hit the highway for longer stretches. This is the average, with the two-wheel drive model expected to record 17 mpg city and 22 highway, the MT to record 15/19 mpg city/highway and the AT to rack up 17/21 mpg city/highway. A 19-gallon tank means significant time between stops for gas if the adventurer is on his game in terms of planning.

Safety features on the FJ Cruiser are up to Toyota standards, as the Cruiser has the industry’s cutting edge airbag system, active headrests, seat-mounted side airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters – all for the driver and front passenger. Other safety features include 3-point seatbelts for all five passengers that optimally fit in the FJ Cruiser, a seatbelt warning with buzzer for both the driver and front passenger, an engine immobilizer and a Tire Pressure Monitor System.

It has gear rack-and-pinion steering, paired with ventilated disc front brakes, solid disc rear brakes and a high-mounted suspension in a double wishbone design. The suspension is built with lateral rods, coil springs and built-in stabilizers, making for a positive review in the performance aspect of the CJ Cruiser evaluation. Mud-and-snow-rated, steel-belted radial blackwalls and a full size spare tire mean inclement weather is handled with ease. In the case of a blowout, the driver doesn’t need to scramble to find a replacement the moment the spare is on the vehicle.

Cargo volume in the FJ Cruiser is a spacious 27.9 cu. ft behind the rear seat and 66.8 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded. This makes storage of any gear needed for those off-roading adventures more than manageable.

Warranties for the FJ Cruiser show Toyota’s pride in their product. A three-year, 36,000 mile comprehensive warranty is available, along with a five-year/60,000-mile power train warranty, a five-year Corrosion Perforation warranty that has no mile limit and the two-year/25,000 mile complimentary Toyota Care warranty that comes with each new Toyota purchase. This provides coverage for all normal scheduled service and 24/7 roadside assistance.

The FJ Cruiser has a base price tag of $26,880 for the two-wheel drive model. The four-wheel drive MT comes with a price tag of $28,060, while the four-wheel drive AT is $28,470.