The latest Toyota FJ Cruiser 2013 is launched this year with aim to fulfill all the off-road compulsions. Although it is less charming but is great for the jagged pathways. It is intentionally designed as rough and tough with conventional style that has superb performance on rocky terrains.
Cruiser is not like the in vogue car-based SUVs and stands apart from them in terms of utility. This four-wheeled drive resembles a lot with the Toyota’s core vehicles.
It is an outlier, no doubt, but not that difficult to handle or uncomfortable as one might expect. Its 6V powerful engine, active and power steering makes it an enjoyable ride than any other average Toyota go-cart.
There are a few inherited loopholes in it too, like rear-hinged backdoor, brief fissure and heavy pillars on the roof. These are responsible for making of vision spots that are too large to negotiate with the environment outside. The seats are not comfortable as such especially the backseat coming or going from it is a big problem.
Interior and Over Look of FJ Cruise 2013
FJ is a five-seated SUV with 4.0 liter V6 and has a horse power of 260 and torque of 271 pound feet. It has certain packages to grab driver’s attention, like the Upgrade package, off-road package, TRD packages, Trial Teams special Edition and Convenience package.
The new Toyota Cruiser has 17 inches steel wheels, a rear locking differential that is controlled electronically, power accessories, steering wheel that is tilt-only, water-proof cloth covering, AC, manually adjusting 8 way driver’s seat, 60/40 rear folding seat, vinyl flooring, audio and Bluetooth connectivity, CD player and 6-speaker sound system, auxiliary audio jack, USB audio interface and satellite radio.
The mentioned packages were trim level and now let us talk about the optional packages now. The Convenience Package includes rear wiper, rear glass, rear view camera, cruise control, key less entry, and auto-dimming rear view mirror and an extra tire covering.
Upgrade package of FJ Cruise Includes
The Upgrade package involves Latest traction system control, 17-inch wheels of alloy, steering wheel with leather wrapper, trip computer functions and spare gauges, rear parking sensor, JBL sound system containing 11 speakers and a 6 CD-changer. While the TRD package adds BF Goodrich rocky tires, variant shock absorber and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The off-road package has locking differential, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, spare gauges and modern traction control mechanism. The Trial Team Special Edition involves interior trim, rugged tires, Cement grey exterior, 16-inch thick wheels of alloy, latest suspension, locking rear differential which is controlled electronically, rocky rails, huge rack on roof and other content from Convenience and Upgraded packages.
Engine Performance and Drive Review
As far as its power and performance is concerned, FJ produces 271 pound feet torque and 260 horsepower as mentioned earlier.
It has rear-wheel drive and five-speed autonomous transmissions along with two variant drive systems are included in it. It has a typical off-road fuel economy i.e. 16 to 20 mpg maximum drive. It has unadorned interior, unfortunately so there is not much to describe here.
To sum up, Toyota FJ Cruiser has some major drawbacks like this stout-looking vehicle is too noisy to handle and a bit risky too since it has thin visibility options. It has less adjustable and therefore, an average choice if you are happy to keep your vehicle off-roads only.