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2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2009 Toyota Highlander
2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2009 Toyota Highlander
RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
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  • 4WD 4dr Man (Natl)
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4WD 4dr (Natl)
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  • 4WD 4dr Limited w/3rd Row (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Limited w/3rd Row (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Limited w/3rd Row (SE)
FWD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
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  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
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  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
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MSRP $23,320 $34,700 $27,600
Invoice $21,453 $31,577 $24,840
Avg. Paid $18,719 $18,443 $15,930

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.8 8.7
Critics' Rating 8.3 8.9 8.8
Performance 7.9 8.5 7.8
Interior 7.4 8.0 8.1
Operating Cost 7.3 8.0 7.6
Safety 8.6 8.9 9.2
Reliability 4.5 5.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

  • Off-road brawn
  • Well-made, easy-to-clean interior
  • Bold styling
  • Excellent reliability score
  • Optional third row for family-friendly capacity
  • Seamless hybrid powertrain
  • Quiet ride, especially for a hybrid
  • Fuel-efficient base engine
  • Smooth ride
  • Top reliability score
  • Good safety ratings
  • Subpar on-road performance
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • Cramped back seat
  • Some poor-quality interior materials
  • Fuel savings may not justify the premium price
  • Base stereo system is disappointing
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Cramped third row

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 4.0L/241 Gas/Electric V6 3.3L/- TBD - Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD -
MPG 16 City / 20 Hwy 27 City / 25 Hwy 18 City / 24 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4 Door


Wheelbase(in) 105.9 109.8 109.8
Length, Overall (in) 183.9 188.4 188.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.6 75.2 75.2
Height, Overall (in) 70.9 68.1 68.1

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Optional Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Sunshield Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4050 4508 3979

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain Optional
Tires - Front On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain Optional
Tires - Rear On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Keyless Start Standard
Luggage Rack Optional Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Standard
Power Liftgate Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Optional
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 7
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 145.4 145.7
Front Head Room (in) 41.3 40.6 39.7
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 43.2 43.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 59.7 59.7
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 56.7 56.7
Second Head Room (in) 40.3 39.8 40.1
Second Leg Room (in) 31.3 38.4 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 59.3 59.5
Second Hip Room (in) 51.0 56.3 56.5
Third Leg Room (in) 29.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 66.8 94.1 95.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 27.9 42.3 42.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 10.3


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Optional Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional
Dual Zone A/C Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Additional Rear Seat Optional Standard
Power Driver Seat Optional Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Optional
Daytime Running Lights Optional Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Four Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas/Electric V6 Gas V6
Displacement 4.0L/241 3.3L/- TBD - 3.5L/- TBD -
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 239 @ 5200 209 @ 5600 270 @ 6200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 278 @ 3700 212 @ 3600 248 @ 4700
Transmission Automatic w/OD CVT Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 41.8 39.0 38.7


Hybrid Fuel Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 27 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 25 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.0 17.2 19.2


Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone MacPherson Independent
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Dual-link Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar Coil Springs


Automatic Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.