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in Affordable Midsize SUVs

MSRP: $27,680 - $29,270
Invoice: $25,743 - $27,221
MPG: 16 City / 20 Hwy
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Toyota FJ Cruiser Interior

Reviewers say the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser's cabin is awash in hard plastic and does not look very sophisticated. Still, most note that it’s a functionally-designed cabin, with durable materials like a rubber floor and water-resistant upholstery.

  • "The dashboard, meanwhile, is a sea of hard plastic panels and oversized, almost toy-like controls. We actually think it looks pretty cool, and typical FJ shoppers likely won't be bothered by the lack of luxury. It's probably more important to those folks that you can basically hose out the entire interior without worry, as the floor is covered with a rubber-like material." -- AutoTrader
  • "Toyota engineers and designers gave the 2014 FJ Cruiser an interior that's very well-suited to a combination of off-road rigors and daily driving commutes. It's functional, durable, modern and accommodatingly comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2012)

Seating

The FJ Cruiser seats five and comes standard with water-resistant fabric seats. Unlike many SUVs in the class, the FJ Cruiser lacks seating options like leather upholstery and heated seats. Reviewers say the front seats are comfortable, but they also note that the 2014 FJ Cruiser has poor rearward visibility, and a back seat that lacks sufficient legroom. Additionally, some note that the FJ Cruiser’s small, rear-hinged doors make accessing the back seat difficult.

  • "We have to call out the back seat, however, for being both cramped and difficult to access. Now, a cramped bench might be tolerable by itself; after all, off-road enthusiasts routinely give the Wrangler a pass for its inhospitable back row. But the rear doors are of the backwards-opening suicide variety and the corresponding front door must be opened first. Your rear passengers will likely roll their eyes unless they're blinded by love, whether it's for you or your truck." -- AutoTrader
  • "Perhaps our biggest complaint is that the narrow windows and big pillars result in limited outward visibility with really annoying blind spots that make maneuvering in traffic or changing lanes awkward and difficult." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 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 (2012)

Interior Features

A six-speaker stereo, a backup camera, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port come standard on the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser. Notable options include cruise control and an 11-speaker JBL stereo system.

Reviewers say the FJ Cruiser’s stereo and climate controls are logically placed and easy to use, but they note that the FJ Cruiser’s gauges aren’t as clear as the Toyota 4Runner’s. Additionally, test drivers like that the FJ Cruiser is available with optional features like an inclinometer, which displays the angle of the FJ Cruiser’s body to help prevent the chance of a rollover off-road.

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  • "The FJ Cruiser's instrumentation is clear and simple, but it's not Lexus-crisp like the related 4Runner's available Optitron gauges." -- AutoTrader
  • "Keeping watch over the proceedings is the inclinometer, which measures tilt of the body and might help prevent the embarrassment of tipping the SUV over and into the bottom of some canyon." -- 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 (2012)
  • "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 (2012)

Cargo

The FJ Cruiser offers 27.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 66.8 cubic feet with them folded. Some critics say that the FJ Cruiser’s cargo door is difficult to open and close because of the spare tire, which is mounted on the outside. Additionally, others note that while the FJ Cruiser has plenty of small-item storage space in its cabin, some competing midsize SUVs offer more overall cargo space.

  • "But the fuel economy is not wonderful, the styling results in some pretty bad blind spots in dealing with traffic, and surprising for an SUV, there's not much space for cargo." -- 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 (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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