The 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV is the modern-day version of the original Jeep-like Land Cruisers that built a reputation for the rugged ability to go just about anywhere. The FJ maintains that go-anywhere capability and adds in modern versatility, convenience and reliability, with a distinctive exterior and a host of useful options and accessories.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is built for mudding and rock crawling, making it a good vehicle for off-roading enthusiasts. Its retro styling and bright array of available colors make it a real head turner as well. It handles well enough in the urban jungle, but if you want it mainly for driving over pavement, there are better options.
Every FJ Cruiser has a 4.0-liter V6 engine that makes 260 horsepower. Models with the standard automatic transmission will be slow, especially when climbing hills or moving around traffic on the highway. A six-speed manual transmission (available only in full-time four-wheel-drive models) makes slightly better use of the engine’s power. There’s plenty of torque to get the FJ Cruiser moving – 271 pound-feet – and its brakes are plenty strong. It maneuvers well in tighter spaces, but its gas mileage of 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway doesn’t stack up well against non-off-roading competitors. However, it’s comparable to competitors like the 2019 Jeep Wrangler and 2019 Toyota 4Runner.
The 2019 Toyota Fj Cruiser has a lot going for it, including a hybrid model, but you’d be wise to cross-shop its rivals as well. Additional new features for the 2019 Toyota Fj Cruiser include a heated steering wheel, and optional heated and power operated front seats on lower-trim models with cloth upholstery. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to the gas-only model, the 2019 Toyota Fj Cruiser is also available as a hybrid with all-wheel drive as standard.
- Many trims to choose from
- Fuel efficient hybrid variant
- An 8.4-inch infotainment screen on most trims
YOU WON’T LIKE
- Choppy ride in SE trim
- Subpar interior fit and finish
- Sloppy handling and steering
In a 2017 comparison test that included the Kia and Jeep, the 2019 Toyota Fj Cruiser placed fifth. Handling also proved to be another 2019 Toyota Fj Cruiser weak spot and we found the steering to be numb.
The 2019 Toyota Fj Cruiser, on the other hand, is a better package, as we noted in a 2017 First Test, thanks to its smooth powertrain and well-calibrated brakes that smoothly transition between regenerative and mechanical braking. However, since it isn’t a plug-in hybrid, the 2019 Toyota Fj Cruiser doesn’t have much EV mode range and can only travel around 0.5 miles on electricity.A rearview camera with rear parking sensors is now standard on all models.
The car is the only 2019 Toyota Fj Cruiser trim level that can be had with a cool two-tone exterior color scheme. The ride itself was smooth, and road imperfections were barely felt.”