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2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

Sep 08, 2018
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Even though the FJ Cruiser shares its platform with the Toyota 4Runner, it has its own unique look that speaks to the FJ Cruisers of the past with an upright square design language, round headlights, white rooftop, spare tire mounted on the back, and rear wraparound windows.

The Toyota FJ’s interior also reflects much of the same character of old FJs with optional body-colored door panel inserts, water resistant cloth seats, and rubberized floor mats. The five-passenger SUV has four doors, with half-sized rear-hinged doors providing access to the two rear passengers. Powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 that puts out 260 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque, the FJ is available with three drivetrains that cover the needs of all types of off-roaders (or non-off-roaders). Serious adventurers will opt for the full time four-wheel-drive system that comes with a six-speed manual and locking rear differential.

While the 2014 FJ Cruiser’s dismal fuel economy numbers of 16/20 mpg city/highway (rear-wheel drive), 15/18 mpg (4WD with the manual), and 17/20 mpg (4WD with the automatic) may send adventurers over the edge, the FJ isn’t cut out for the pavement as an everyday commuter car, but rather a weekend dirt warrior. Get them while you can, as rumors suggest the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser may be the last model year before it’s discontinued.

You’ll no longer see the bright blue FJs with the white tops for 2014, as Cavalry Blue is being discontinued for 2014 and replaced by Cement Gray. Pricing for the 2014 FJ Cruiser gets a modest $100 increase, on average. An available performance damper improves the suspension and a special-edition model will be available in February 2014.

Pros

  • Owning a reborn icon
  • Vast catalog of aftermarket parts and accessories
  • Serious four-wheeling action

Cons

  • Poor visibility
  • Howling tires at high speeds
  • Cramped legroom

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Source: Motor Trend

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