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2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by jhamilt5



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Reviewed: 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser

4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Why the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser?

Exterior styling

Unique,reflects capability off road

Powertrain performance

smooth auto transmission, excellent torque and horsepower delivery, throttle response, handles harsh weather easily

Reliability & durability

Not one problem with drive train in 38,000 miles, built well.

Ride smoothness

Surprising ride even though its like a giant block on wheels. It provides a decent ride on long trips.

Why Not the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser?

Driving position & visibility

Mirrors are too small to eliminate blind spots completely, driving position not a problem, it is all about visibility or the lack of, parking lots are tough. One comparison is its like driving a cargo van with dinky mirrors.


I know its an SUV but I have owned a few, this one has the off road package with Bilstein shocks and the larger BF Offroad tires and the handling is a bit vague.

Rear seat room & comfort

Adults do not fit well in the back seat comfortably, and the rear access doors, while a cool design, lack functionality(no handle to release the door except on the inside)

Fuel economy

Any vehicle in this class is by no means a fuel sipper, the FJ averaged between 15 and 19 mpg. In 4wd during winter snowstorms it got about 13mpg. Not bad compared to some, but I grew to dislike this.

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