in 2012 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $25,520 - $27,465
Original MSRP: $26,115 - $27,705
MPG: 17 City / 20 Hwy
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2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Interior

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Reviewers say that the FJ Cruiser’s interior is functional, though it’s nowhere close to upscale. Its controls are easy to use, and the interior materials and water-resistant cloth upholstery are durable, but some wish that Toyota had used fewer hard, cheap-feeling plastics. They also note that the rear seat can be hard to access, which is a result of the rear suicide doors.

  • "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
  • “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

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The 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser has seating for five. Most reviewers find the FJ Cruiser's front seats comfortable enough, and say that the water-resistant cloth upholstery is a convenient feature for anyone who’s going to take their FJ into the backwoods. All mention that the rear suicide doors are less convenient than having normal rear doors, and that they can make the back seat tough to get into. Reviewers also say that the FJ Cruiser’s chunky looks contribute to particularly large blind spots.

  • “The (front) seats are all-day comfortable. Good headroom and legroom for 6-footers. FJ's styling makes visibility poor to the right-rear and dead astern, rendering necessary the optional rear-obstacle detection and rearview camera. Entry and exit are fairly easy given this SUV's tall build.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Yet, for all its rough-and-tumble preparedness, the 2012 FJ Cruiser SUV is a very comfortable place to spend time, even if you have to squeeze through the small rear-hinged door to gain access.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats are comfortable, but the rear compartment is a tight fit and requires a high step up for entry.” -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Test drivers note that the Toyota FJ Cruiser’s features may be basic, but at least most controls are easy to use. Standard features include a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with Bluetooth phone and voice-command features, power windows and locks, air conditioning and a six-speaker stereo. The FJ Cruiser’s available features include a thermometer, compass, leather-trimmed steering wheel and power-adjustable outside mirrors. Navigation is unavailable.

  • "Controls are placed within easy reach and are easy to find. Some are also oversized to a cartoonish degree, but we can't say that hurts their functionality.” -- Edmunds
  • "One cool option is the dash-mounted inclinometer, or as one of our editors affectionately called it, a ‘tip-overometer.’” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Most controls are simple, handy, and large, despite a dashboard that's a show of box-shaped modules. Push buttons for various secondary functions are buried low and ahead of the shift lever, however.” -- Consumer Guide


The FJ Cruiser can hold 66.8 cubic feet behind the front seats with the second row folded, and 27.9 cubic feet with all seats in use. That’s a bit less than most midsize SUVs, and reviewers note that in order to fold the second row flat, you have to remove the seat cushions first.

  • "Behind the seats is a small but useful cargo area that includes tie-downs for securing equipment.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Useful cargo bay, but volume is subpar for the midsize-SUV class. Rear seat backs 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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