Toyota FJ Cruiser

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is an SUV, the Toyota as a concept car at the Chicago Auto Show 2003 presented and as a production-ready vehicle on the following North American International Auto Show. Since early 2006, he is prepared as a vehicle of model year 2007.

Its design is reminiscent of the FJ40 from the 1960s - especially the front view and the rear panoramic window. The FJ Cruiser is based on the Land Cruiser Prado and was not originally intended for mass production, but due to the large public interest at the North American International Auto Show allowed to start the series in early 2006.

All built in 2006 FJ Cruiser was built by Hino Motors in Hamura in Japan. Since 2007, the FJ Cruiser also runs in the People's Republic of China from the band and is produced under the name of Guangzhou Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Market placement

The base price in the U.S. is between U.S. $ 22,545 and U.S. $ 24,135. Its dimensions are similar to those of the Hyundai Santa Fe and lie between those of the RAV4 with 4600 mm length and 4688 mm in length with Highlander.

With the introduction of the FJ Cruiser, the sixth Toyota SUV came to the U.S. - two small ( RAV4 and FJ Cruiser ), two middle ( Highlander and 4Runner ) and two large (Sequoia and Land Cruiser ). One vehicle per size class is intended more for use on the road, while the other is more suitable for off-road use. The FJ Cruiser is so far the only current model of Toyota, which announced the name "Toyota" instead of the Toyota emblem on the grille bears a reference to the old FJ40. The FJ Cruiser is designed to appeal mainly young buyers who want a sporty vehicle for off-road use.

In Mexico, the sale of the FJ Cruiser began with model year 2008.



The FJ Cruiser has a 4.0 -liter V6 engine with dual overhead camshafts ( DOHC) and variable valve timing ( VVTi ) Type Toyota 1GR -FE, the (176 kW) 239 bhp at 5,200 rpm and a torque of 1 377 Nm at 2,700 min-1 possesses. It involves the same engine as in the models Tacoma and 4Runner. For 2010, the use of a double variable valve timing (Dual - VVTi ) is planned (14 kW) to give more power and lower fuel consumption the engine 19 bhp.


  • Five-stage automatic transmission, type Toyota A750E, with rear-wheel drive models
  • Five-stage automatic transmission, type Toyota A750F with locking center differential VF2A, for models with all-wheel drive
  • Manual six -speed gearbox, type Toyota RA61F with center differential VF4B, for models with permanent all-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

The models with a manual transmission have a permanent all-wheel drive. The models with automatic transmission have the simpler, selectable four-wheel drive, which should only be switched on slippery ground, otherwise it will not be damaged by stress.

Landing gear

The front wheels are suspended on highly integrated, double wishbone, and are additionally connected by a stabilizer. The rear axle has four links and coil springs, and also a stabilizer. The Land Cruiser Prado 120 Series has the same suspension.


The FJ Cruiser has internally ventilated disc brakes - front with 4 piston, rear 2 pistons - which are controlled by a brake booster. It is equipped with ABS, electronic brake force distribution ( EBD), Brake Assist ( BAS), stability control (VSC ) and Traction Control ( TRAC ) equipped.


The body of the FJ Cruiser has rear doors, which give it its own style. Its short wheelbase, its separate frame and its grille - headlight arrangement reminiscent of the old FJ40. The windshield is nearly vertical with three windshield wipers that ensure the widest possible field of view. The construction with separate framework is based on the chassis of the Hilux. Due to occurring at the front inner fenders cracks and deformations during the 2007 and early 2008-spec models in the engine compartment was modified.


The 2007 model was in five exterior colors, Sun Fusion ( yellow), Black Cherry (dark red), Titanium Metallic (silver), Black Diamond (black) and Voodoo Blue ( blue). The following services are offered:

  • Convenience Package - three wipers, electric remote control the door locks ( keyless entry ), electrically adjustable exterior mirrors with position lights, tinted rear window, rear wiper, daytime running lights and parking aid.
  • Upgrade Package 1 - 17 " alloy wheels with tires P 265/70 R 17, full-size spare mounted on the rear door, Active Traction Control ( only with all-wheel drive ), electronic differential lock, socket 115 V / 400 W, AM / FM radio with 6 -disc CD changer (the latter in the dashboard ), MP3 player, and 8 speakers, door applications in body color, multi-function display ( with inclinometer, compass and temperature display), leather steering wheel with buttons for the audio system and gear shift knobs in brushed aluminum (only with all-wheel drive )
  • Upgrade Package 2 - how to Upgrade Package 1, but with disconnectable subwoofers for audio system
  • On request, there were also side airbags for driver and front passenger, and side-curtain airbags for rear seat passengers

In addition, there are still many special amenities available for the FJ Cruiser, eg Running boards, underbody guard, roof rack, skid plate, portable navigation device from Garmin, cover for the spare wheel, armrests for the passenger, applications for the dashboard, tow hooks, luggage mats and cargo net.


In the 2007 model, there was at the request side airbags that came standard on the 2008 model. Also standard stability control ( VSC) is installed.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS ) has awarded the FJ Cruiser the title of " Top Safety Pick" ( safest option ). The car got a " good" in both the frontal and side impact, and in all 14 categories.

TRD Special Edition

Toyota Racing Development (TRD ) is a special edition TRD Special Edition ago, in which such things as a TRD Leistungsauspuffendstück, a TRD air filter, improved suspension components ( TRD Bilstein shocks for off-road use, painted red ), underbody guard and TRD emblems are installed. The TRD Special Edition is only available in all black; the roof is black (instead of the traditional white roof ) and the 16 "steel rims are painted gray (instead of the traditional, polished 17 " aluminum wheels ), including the spare.

The TRD Special Edition has also been changed mechanically to tune the locking differential with the active traction control, so that the rear differential no longer interferes with the actions of the traction control. This enables the FJ Cruiser to operate in difficult terrain.

2007, only 3200 pieces of the TRD Special Edition were produced, in 2008 there were 3500 copies of the " Trial Team Special Edition". Base price for the TRD Special Edition FJ Cruiser were U.S. $ 23,735, - ( with manual transmission ) or U.S. $ 24,145, - ( with automatic transmission), with the TRD Special Edition package in the vehicle with manual U.S. $ 7,265, - cost and the automatic transmission vehicle of U.S. $ 7250, -. Thus was the final price at $ 31,000 - or U.S. $ 31 395, -.

In addition, TRD supply on request a retrofit compressor for the engine.

Changes for the 2008 model year

2008 FJ Cruiser was little changed. There were three new colors: Brick ( dark red), Sandstorm (beige) and Iceberg (white). Also in the " Iceberg" painted car has a white roof. The color Black Cherry Pearl ( dark red) was no longer available.

All models were equipped with mounted in the front seat backrest side airbags, as well as with curtain airbags front and rear, which respond to rollover of the vehicle. Immobilizer, a wiper / washer for the rear window, sun visor side for the front seats, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS ) and a built- in key remote control.

The "B " package has been renamed to " off-road package " and now includes tire size P 265/75 R 16 BFG on aluminum rims and Bilstein shocks. Also the screen with temperature / compass / Neigungsanzeigefunkiton that was previously included in the "C Package" is included there now. In the U.S. model, there are roof rails no longer standard, but is only available as a dealer -Extra. In Canada, the roof rack is also included in the standard. The other facilities of the "B - package" of 2007 remained unchanged.

The available in Canada "C " package now includes a subwoofer to " Fjammer Audio System", which did not exist in Canada, 2007.




  • 2007: An Excellent Value Award ( Award for excellent price performance )
  • 2007: Lowest Ownership Costs in Its Class ( Lowest maintenance cost in its class )
  • 2007: Smart Choice Retained Value in Its Class (Smart Choice: Best value retention in its class )
  • 2008: Five -star rating in frontal crash test