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Original MSRP: $23,045 - $24,635
MPG: 16 City / 20 Hwy
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2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser was new.

The five-seater FJ gets mixed reviews for interior comfort and style. Many find the back seat cramped and awkward to access. Others, including Newsday, complain of interior materials that seem "much cheaper than...we're used to finding in Toyota vehicles."

But Edmunds notes that "We do approve of the interior design, which stays true to the original FJ philosophy by being straightforward and functional rather than overly stylized and littered with gimmicks."

Buyers beware: A potentially dangerous problem in the FJ Cruiser is poor visibility due to large blind spots. USA Today considers this significant enough to be a real "safety hazard."

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Seating

There are conflicting reports about the comfort of the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser's rear seats. Consumer Guide finds good head and leg room in their test models, but Cars.com reports that "While the opening to the cabin is wide, getting in the backseat could be a lot easier," and USA Today doesn't particularly care for the back seat either, explaining that it's "almost insufferable for adults, just OK for kids." Cars.com also notices that "The backseat is reasonably accommodating but not exactly pleasant." MSN adds that "Headroom is an astounding 40-plus inches in the FJ, but three adults in back sit closely. And everyone -- front and back -- has a bit of a climb to get inside the 6-foot-tall FJ."

Interior Features

Reviewers often complain about the "cheap" plastics used throughout the cabin, although the features have been praised as easy-to-use and durable. Consumer Guide refers to some "low-budget plastic panels," but calls the rest of the features (such as washable rubberlike flooring and water-resistant fabric trim) as "functional." The San Francisco Chronicle also notes that there is an abundance of "cheap-feeling plastic."

Some standard features on the FJ Cruiser include air conditioning, an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability and six speakers, water-resistant seats and dual sun visors. Kelley Blue Book lists the optional subwoofer switch as a favorite feature, and MSN notes that "the FJ Cruiser has plenty of standard comfort and convenience items."

Cars.com notes that some useful convenience features are offered as options -- rather than as standard equipment: "Features including power mirrors, remote keyless entry and cruise control are offered as optional add-ons. That might seem a bit stingy in this price range, but bear in mind that the base FJ Cruiser includes an electronic stability system and Toyota's stout 4.0-liter V-6."

Toyota's voice-activated navigation system is not available with the 2008 FJ Cruiser. Check out our GPS reviews to learn about the best inexpensive GPS devices from Garmin, TomTom and Mio.

Cargo

According to Toyota, cargo capacity for the FJ Cruiser is 66.8 cubic feet behind the front seats and 27.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats. MSN observes that the FJ Cruiser's cargo space is "comparable to that in many SUVs." But Autoweb disagrees, saying that "Given the FJ Cruiser's size and weight, there's not much cargo room inside." Similarly, Consumer Guide calls cargo volume "subpar for the midsize-SUV class."

New Car Test Drive points out that "Rear access to the cargo area is through a door hinged on the driver's side of the vehicle instead of a typical roof-hinged hatch-style closure." On the plus side, Consumer Guide also notes "ample in-cabin storage."

Review Last Updated: 2/18/09

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