2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser | new car review

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 by

FJ Cruiser

 

Toyota has developed the reputation of being a manufacturer of robust off-roaders which offer bullet-proof reliability and decent on-road performance as well.

The Toyota Land Cruiser and Prado are iconic in SUVs in the Middle East and the preferred choice of safari companies for dune bashing. Not content with its existing product portfolio Toyota wanted to bring out a funky new retro look SUV and the FJ Cruiser was born. This SUV is the re-incarnation of the erstwhile Toyota FJ40 which back then started Toyota’s innings as a SUV maker. The retro look is what gives the FJ Cruiser its unique identity and makes it turn heads in a way no other Toyota SUVs can.

The flat bonnet, narrow grille, closely placed round headlamps, near-vertical windshield and white roof highlight the SUVs retro inspiration from the FJ40. The suicide doors look great and also ease ingress and egress for rear seat passengers. The Spartan dashboard also evokes memories of the FJ40 with it machined-look and body coloured door panel inserts which add oodles of retro appeal. The FJ Cruiser is actually based on the Prado platform and that means that it is every bit as modern as it is retro.

2009 Toyota FJ CruiserThe FJ is powered by a 4.0-litre DOHC V6 motor which belts out a healthy 240hp and 375Nm of torque. This is mated to a five-speed automatic which transfers power to all four wheels and also features a differential lock. The power of the 4.0-litre gives the almost two-ton SUV reasonable grunt to tackle most off road excursions and makes it a breeze to drive on tarmac. The FJ’s ability is enhanced by its short front and rear overhangs and generous 245 mm of ground clearance.

The FJ seats four with ample space of luggage and gear at the back through a door hinged on the driver’s side of the vehicle instead of a typical roof-hinged hatch-style closure. Available in two versions- FJ Cruiser and FJ Cruiser SE the FJ has enough equipment to keep occupants comfortable and safe during on-road and off-road jaunts.

2009 Toyota FJ CruiserThe kit list includes a fabulous FJammer audio system with nine speakers, multi information display, cruise control, steering mounted controls, power windows and locks, parking sensors, power mirrors and 16-inch alloy wheels. Safety is also good with the provision of dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist and Vehicle Stability Control as standard fitment and curtain side airbags, with Traction Control on the SE variant.

In the Middle East the FJ Cruiser is positioned as a lifestyle SUV and pitted against the Hummer. It is not a practical SUV for families but it is a SUV meant for couples or singles looking at making a statement with its unique design and charisma. The FJ can also off-road quite a bit and will be great for those looking at hitting the dunes often.

2009 Toyota FJ CruiserPriced at UAE Dirhams 113,000 for the base model and 123,000 for the SE it is competitively priced too and is backed by Toyota’s three-year/100,000 km warranty in the Middle East.

Specification

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
SUV4.0240375A

Price Range (AED) 113,000 – 123,000

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