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Used Car: 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

Review Last Updated: 6/5/15

In its final model year of production, the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser was praised by critics for its off-roading ability and ruggedness, but they said it isn't the best choice for everyday driving.

With its V6 engine, reviewers wrote that the 2014 FJ Cruiser has ample power in most cases but can labor when climbing hills or passing on the highway. The Toyota FJ Cruiser is available with either a five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. At an EPA-estimated 16/20 mpg city/highway for a rear-wheel drive model (four-wheel drive is available), the 2014 FJ Cruiser's fuel economy is competitive with rival off-road SUVs', but lower than the ratings of V6-powered midsize crossovers. Auto journalists agreed that the Toyota FJ Cruiser excels at off-roading. They said the FJ Cruiser has sufficient ride comfort for day-to-day driving if you really want an off-road SUV, but many remarked that you shouldn't expect the car-like ride and handling that characterize many other midsize SUVs and crossovers.

Test drivers wrote that the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser's cabin is built with lots of hard plastics and has a straightforward design. Several critics appreciated this, though, noting that it is in keeping with the rugged character of the 2014 FJ Cruiser. Reviewers found the front seats comfortable but complained that outward visibility in all directions is constricted by the FJ Cruiser's short windows and wide roof pillars. They also said the rear seat can be difficult to get into because it has rear-hinged doors, and they added that the seat itself is not very spacious. Overall cargo space is typical for a two-row SUV. Standard features include a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio and a rearview camera. An 11-speaker JBL audio system and rear parking sensors are available.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The 2014 Nissan Xterra was praised by reviewers for its strong off-roading abilities, and like the FJ Cruiser, it has a V6 engine and is available with either a manual or automatic transmission. Test drivers also appreciated the Xterra's versatility for hauling cargo.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is not only a great off-roader, but it has a comfortable ride and composed handling on pavement, reviewers said. Test drivers praised the Grand Cherokee for its luxurious cabin and spacious back seat.

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