The Toyota FJ Cruiser is the most capable of all Toyotas when the pavement gives way to gravel, sand and rocks. That's saying something, given the capabilities of the 4Runner, Land Cruiser, and Tacoma. All of these Toyotas are among the best in their respective classes for travel over rugged terrain.
The FJ Cruiser seats five. The front doors are standard, front-hinged units. Rear-hinged rear side doors give easy access to the back seat and cargo area; for 2011, that access has been improved on the passenger side, with a front passenger seatback that folds farther forward. Access to the cargo area is through a door hinged on the driver's side of the vehicle instead of a typical roof-hinged hatch-style closure.
An Off-Road option package further enhances the FJ's capabilities, with BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires, trail-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, and a rear differential lock that works in conjunction with Toyota's A-TRAC off-road traction control system; with this setup, the FJ Cruiser can hang with the Jeep Wrangler crowd. It also includes a multi-information display with a goofy floating ball inclinometer and compass.
There's a new package for 2011 called Trail Teams Special Edition, adding Army green paint with a black grille, bumpers and door handles. It's the right color for the FJ Cruiser to make it look serious.
The 4.0-liter V6 engine makes 258 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It has dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which means variable valve timing for both intake and exhaust. We found the FJ Cruiser superb in rugged terrain yet comfortable on the road. Its V6 engine delivers more than ample power and torque for any foreseeable situation.