Toyota FJ Cruiser – The King For All-weather Roads


The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a mid-size SUV and retro style introduced as an idea car in 2003 after positive consumer reaction and in 2005, Toyota debuted the FJ Cruiser post to the production approval. It comes with a 5 seater and found in the category of a mid-size Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). On 25th November 2010, FJ Cruiser announced and on 4 December 2010 entered the Japanese market. In Tanzania, It is not popular due to its higher buying price.



It comes with one engine option of 1GR-FE DOHC V6 4.0-litre, for the 2007-2009 model years, equipped with single VVT-i technology (variable valve timing with intelligent). For the 2010 model, the Toyota FJ Cruiser’s engine mated with double VVT-I technology results in more power and economy put together, which greatly enhances its appeal. The exterior design features a grille-headlight and stocky frame arrangement much like its predecessor original FJ40. The FJ’s doors have a unique look to the SUV. The vehicle used to give side-impact guard without the need for a door pillar due to its special high-strength steel used.



The second generation of the FJ Cruiser entered the market in 2011. On the exterior, there are no major changes over the first generation except for a slight decrease in width which cannot be noticed evidently but the look remains the same for some variants.  The 1GR-FE V6 DOHC engine comes with two transmission options namely: the 5-Speed Automatic rear-wheel-drive and the 6-speed manual 4-wheel drive models


Interior Space


The FJ Cruiser interior features include a lot of design components focused on enhancing off-road practicality. In general, the FJ Cruiser is a roomy car that can accommodate 5 passengers in relative comfort. All interior surfaces are made up of washable rubber materials to help in fast cleaning after heavy outdoor use. The FJ also incorporates extra-large controls to help drivers with gloved hands. The compass, inclinometer, temperature known as the 3-gauge cluster, as well as the 110-volt rear outlet, were carried over from the FJ Cruiser concept vehicle as options on the final production model. Space at the driver’s cabin is set at an elevated position that affords the passenger and driver to view well the road and enjoy the driving. The passenger’s cabin space is good, even the seat can comfortably accommodate an adult. The driver’s cabin is excellent with a high roof and even tall people will find it relaxing



The driver cabin has some storage space that includes 2 cup holders, a storage tray on the center box, and door jacket pockets with bottle holders. Some variants have box storage at the back.



Boot Space


The FJ cruiser has an excellent boot space that makes it an extraordinary vehicle to carry much luggage. Even with the configuration of 5 seaters, the boot space is comparable to that of a van such as Toyota Ipsum, therefore, with 5 passengers seated, it can still accommodate much luggage. The 2nd-row seats can be folded neatly into the floor and in return creating a very large boot space capable of accommodating lots of luggage. 


Other Extras

 Double Din Stereo, Steering Wheel Control button, Cruise Control, Navigation, AC, Back view Camera.



The redesigned headlights attached with the front grille and taillights give the FJ Cruiser models a sporty look. On the exterior, some variants are equipped with Alloy rims. All models of the FJ Cruiser have a spare tire hold at the back door that gives the vehicles a good look.



 6 Airbags, Full-length curtain airbags, Brake assist, Switchable Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Electronic brake force distribution, and Vehicle Stability Control.


Fuel Consumption

For fuel consumption expects 11.5-15.0l per 100km.




FJ Cruiser mated with 5-speed automatic transmission produced a peak power of 200kW at 5600rpm and peak torque 380Nm at 4400rpm.


Spare Parts Availability

The beauty of driving a Toyota in Tanzania is that spares are relatively cheap and available. But this does not apply to FJ Cruiser. Suspension and service parts are rarely available and a slightly expensive; certain body parts such as front grille, taillights, and headlamps may require time to find. 

Although the vehicle comes with slightly higher maintenance and fuel consumption costs, Toyota FJ Cruiser is the best car that can serve all-weather roads in Tanzania additionally to its stylish features and enough space. Looking for one of FJ Cruiser variants? We recommend BE FORWARD.





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