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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 Performance

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The FJ Cruiser excels as a top-notch off-roading machine. It's a decent enough performer on the pavement, although non-off-roaders in its class, and even other truck-based off-road SUVs like the FJ, offer smoother rides and quieter engines.

  • "And just like the old FJ, it is as tough and agile as a mountain goat thanks to a robust engine, a rugged chassis and a nimble off-road nature." -- Edmunds
  • "More fun off-road than on, the FJ nevertheless has some charm. It feels huge and looks like it would handle like a tank, but it’s relatively maneuverable." -- Car and Driver

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser features a 4.0-liter V6 engine that makes 260 horsepower. It is available with a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, and an optional six-speed manual can be paired with the full-time 4WD model.

The 2011 FJ Cruiser’s fuel economy is estimated at 17/22 city/highway in two-wheel drive models. The four-wheel drive model also achieves estimated ratings of 17/21 with the automatic transmission and 15/20 with the manual.

  • "Only 4WD FJs have been made available for testing. They have adequate pep with either transmission, though with the automatic, the V6 can feel overmatched by vehicle weight in passing maneuvers and on long uphill stretches. An automatic version did 7.2 seconds 0-60 mph in our test. The manual has long throws but light clutch action." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Acceleration from the V6 engine is brisk, particularly at low- and midrange speeds." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

The consensus among reviewers is that the FJ Cruiser proves to be a much better off-road vehicle than on-road. Still, reviewers admit the FJ Cruiser is livable on the pavement, though other SUVs offer much more comfortable rides for daily driving.

  • "Firm but compliant suspension combines with tall-sidewall mud and snow tires to flatten most road bumps with little jolt or body quiver. FJ's relatively short wheelbase results in bouncy body motions on uneven surfaces." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The FJ is also surprisingly good on pavement, offering precise steering and a smooth ride. But the boxy shape creates noticeable wind noise at highway speeds, and poor outward visibility can make parking or identifying off-road obstacles difficult." -- Edmunds

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