in 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs

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Original MSRP: $27,030 - $28,620
MPG: 16 City / 20 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

Review Last Updated: 5/11/15

Test drivers said the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser isn't as luxurious or comfortable around town as some rivals, but it is a strong off-road SUV that isn't difficult to live with on a daily basis.

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Test drivers reported that the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser’s standard V6 provides plenty of power. An automatic transmission is standard, and the FJ Cruiser is one of the few SUVs in the class that was available with a manual transmission when it was new. A rear-wheel drive 2013 FJ Cruiser nets an EPA-estimated 16/20 mpg city/highway, which is on the low end for a two-row midsize SUV, though its estimates are comparable with those of rivals like the 2013 Nissan Xterra, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The FJ Cruiser was cited by reviewers as one of the most off-road-oriented SUVs in the class, with ample ground clearance and other available off-roading features such as full-time four-wheel drive. For an off-road SUV, critics said the FJ Cruiser is fairly well-mannered on pavement and is comfortable enough as a daily driver, though some expressed that it lacks the composure on pavement that other rivals possess.

According to auto journalists, the 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser’s cabin is built with lots of hard plastics, though reviewers said the simplicity is in keeping with the rugged nature of the FJ Cruiser. Several added that it is easy to clean out the cabin if it gets dirty. The FJ Cruiser seats five in two rows. Critics noted that the rear seats aren’t very spacious and some disliked that the rear-hinged suicide doors can’t be opened without the front doors being opened as well. There is 66.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is typical for a two-row, midsize SUV. Bluetooth and a USB port are standard. An 11-speaker JBL stereo system and a rearview camera are available. Test drivers liked that all of the FJ Cruiser’s navigation and climate controls are straightforward.

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The 2013 Nissan Xterra is also an off-road-oriented, five-seat midsize SUV, but it has traditional forward-hinged rear doors, so the front doors don’t have to be opened to access the rear seats. Reviewers appreciated the various cargo hauling features, such as an integrated tie-down system, ample small-item storage and flat-folding front passenger seat.

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a terrific off-road SUV, according to reviewers, and they were also impressed with its poised handling and comfortable ride on pavement. The Grand Cherokee received high marks for its upscale cabin and ample rear-seat legroom.

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