in 2011 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $23,980 - $25,936
Original MSRP: $25,790 - $27,380
MPG: 17 City / 22 Hwy
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2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser Interior

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The 2011 FJ Cruiser gets mixed reviews for interior comfort and style. The back seat is cramped and difficult to access, and the interior materials leave something to be desired. A plus side for the FJ Cruiser, however, is its extreme functionality. The cabin comes standard with water-resistant seats and a rubber-type floor and deck mat that can be hosed off.

  • "Interior decor is more functional than rich. It includes washable rubber-like flooring, water-resistant fabric trim, faux metal, body-color painted accents, and some low-budget plastic panels." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Wide roof pillars, small rear windows and a tailgate-mounted spare tire all contribute to poor rearward visibility. Front visibility is also less than optimal due to the FJ's high hood line." -- Edmunds

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Most reviewers find the 2011 FJ Cruiser's front seats comfortable enough, but they have very few good things to say about the rear seats. Many note that the small back seat is hard to get into and out of. On the plus side, all seats come with water-resistant fabric that should be easy to clean.

  • "More good six-footer headroom [in the rear], but three adults are squeezed for shoulder space and feel closed-in by thick roof pillars and small side windows. Legroom is tight with the front seats set far back. Ditto entry and exit passages, even though FJ's access doors swing out 90 degrees." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While the opening to the cabin is wide, getting in the backseat could be a lot easier." -- Cars.com
  • "Rear-seat ingress and egress is also awkward. Despite the increased folding angle for the front passenger seat in this year's model, climbing (key word) into the back is still hampered by small rear-access doors and a high step-in height. Well, this is a vehicle for sport, not limousine duty." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers often complain about the cheap plastics in the FJ Cruiser's cabin. On the plus side, its features are easy to use and durable. Some standard features include air conditioning, an AM/FM CD player with MP3 playback capability and six speakers and water-resistant seats.

  • "The FJ's retro-themed dash is color-keyed to match the exterior. Controls are placed within easy reach and are easy to find.” -- Edmunds
  • "Most controls are simple, handy, and large, despite a dashboard that's a show of box-shaped modules. Pushbuttons for various secondary functions are buried low and ahead of the shift lever, however. The main gauges are fine, but legibility of the extra-cost compass, thermometer, and inclinometer are compromised by their small size and dashtop placement." -- Consumer Guide


The FJ Cruiser's cargo capacity measures 66.8 cubic feet behind the front seats and 27.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats -- figures some reviewers say aren't quite high enough to go with the FJ's functional persona. Small storage is sparse and includes four cup holders and two bottle holders. A huge plus for carrying messy items is the rubber-type floor mats that are easier to clean than carpet.

  • "Useful cargo bay, but volume is subpar for the midsize-SUV class. Rear seatbacks won't fold flat without the seat cushions removed. The cargo door opens from the curbside, but feels heavy and clumsy with the weighty bolt-on spare tire. The tire greatly hampers loading through the opening window. Ample in-cabin storage." -- Consumer Guide

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