2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser | new car review

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 by
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 115,000 - 155,000
  • 4.5/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • 2 Reviews

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  • Last modified: December 8, 2014
  • Interior
    Editor: 65%
    User: 43%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 65%
    User: 55%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
    User: 58%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
    User: 60%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
    User: 64%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 85%
    User: 60%

Review Summary:

The FJ Cruiser is a popular sight both on and off the UAE roads. This is not a pretty car, but is very capable of dealing with terrain. It will certainly be a conversation starter amongst your friends.

Pros

Great engine
Capable off-roader

Cons

Negative initial impressions

Looks

I’ll be honest with you, I think that the Toyota FJ Cruiser is perhaps one of the ugliest cars ever to have gone into mass production. But it appears that I am in a minority. Whether you like it or not, the FJ can’t be knocked for its originality. There are some curious styling traits, such as the side windows being interrupted by a panel that must surely be a horrendous blind-spot, and the rear window is very narrow, which will hamper visibility further. Toyota call this “retro”, and so they might. It is based on the old, old, old Land Cruiser FJ40 of the 1960’s. But beyond the front it’s hard, albeit not impossible, to love. It’s mixed old and new and comes out somewhere in the middle.

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Front

Feels

Inside the FJ Cruiser there is little to suggest that you are in a Toyota. The interior is like nothing else in the entire range. The dashboard sits between two pipes, effectively, and there are plenty of what look like roof panels nailed here and there. And yet when I sat in it, I loved it. Everything looks like it was put together by hand, not by a robot. It’s like a Meccano set, it doesn’t blend together seamlessly, it is all just bolted together. It feels mechanical, not scientific.

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Interior

Engineering

As the FJ Cruiser has been built with the intention of going off-road a lot, it has been toughened up in all the usual ways. There is a huge skid guard under the front that will protect the car’s innards from just about everything. The rear passenger doors are hinged backwards, which means that an entire Marine Corps can enter and exit with ease. The Vehicle Stability Control option looks well engineered, as it will adjust the engine’s output when cornering tightly in an emergency to ensure you miss any potential hazard.

What’s on offer?

The FJ comes with a 4.0 litre V6 as standard that will pump out 270 horses worth of power. Starting at AED 115,000 it seems like very good value for a car with such an engine. The Vehicle Stability Control comes as standard, as does the related traction control system. The top-line model costs AED 155,000 and this will give you extra goodies, but the basic engine remains the same.

Summing it…

At first glances it is hard to fall in love with the FJ Cruiser. It looks like the front of an old Land Cruiser has been bolted onto the middle part of a helicopter, and then attached to the back of a Hummer. But the longer you stare at it the more and more you begin to see the appeal. It just wants you to take it out to the desert and give it a good thrashing. It doesn’t care about its looks, and it certainly doesn’t care what you think. A shame, because it will never know how much you’ll love it.

2 Responses to 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser | new car review

  1. Ironman Reply

    November 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    • Interior
      50%
    • Exterior
      50%
    • Quality
      50%
    • Features
      50%
    • Performance
      50%
    • Value for money
      50%
    • Rated 5 stars

    A beaut off-roader with an extremely capable powerplant!

    However, allow me to correct you, Toyota will only stop supply to the US market. Production of this beast will continue as is!

  2. Puneet Miglani Reply

    November 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

    • Interior
      35%
    • Exterior
      60%
    • Quality
      65%
    • Features
      70%
    • Performance
      78%
    • Value for money
      70%
    • Rated 4 stars

    Excellent Features

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