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2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by duffie

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Reviewed: 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Why the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser?

Powertrain performance

Very good, good acceleration given its weight.

Fuel economy

I average 11.5l/100 km almost all the time, about two thirds distance on highway. Uses more petrol than a small car, but reasonable. My previous Audi A3 2.0T could run in circles around an FJ, but it couldn't take me on dirt roads etc.

Handling

Surprisingly good, but this is not a sports car. Jeep GC is better in this area.

Driving position & visibility

People have complained a lot about visibility. I have *almost* got used to the lack thereof. Need to learn to use and undertand mirrors. It takes more time to learn to park and maneuver in tight spaces than, say, a Jeep Grand Cherokee (which I have driven for long distances recently). The GC is a bit more comfortable too. But, hey, in my FJ I am confident that the car will get me where I want ot go and back, read the GC reviews (!). I admit that the FJ is not the best for someone parking in tight spots every day (or for a family). Driving position is great for me.

Controls and instruments

All OK

Why Not the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser?

Exterior styling

I love this car, but I do not care for its exerior appearance. The nearly vertical windshield is not the best idea.

Interior styling

With the back seats folded the floor is not even. Strange design, though I live with it.

Other Features of the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Quietness

Quiet cabin, compared to similarly capable vehicles (except Jeep GC).

Conclusion

I go fishing and hiking, so I want some 4WD capabilities. At first I wasn't sure it would be suitable for daily driving, but I was wrong. Not the best but OK for the city, great for the highway, fantastic for anything else. Probably the most enjoyable car I have owned. However, not the best family car.

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