2015 Toyota FJ Cruiser | new car review

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 by
2015 Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 119,500 - 157,500
  • 5/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • 1 Review

  • FJ Cruiser
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  • Last modified: July 7, 2015
  • Exterior
    Editor: 65%
  • Interior
    Editor: 65%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 85%

Review Summary:

The 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 making it an ideal runner in the city and a very capable off-roader.

Cons

Styling isn't everyone's cup of tea.

Looks

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 2015 Toyota 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 it’s a wonderful feeling. 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 plate 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.

2015 Toyota FJ Cruiser top

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 119,500 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 157,500 and this will give you extra goodies, but the basic engine remains the same.

2015 Toyota FJ Cruiser front

Summing it…

At first glance it is hard to fall in love with the 2015 Toyota 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 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.

2015 Toyota FJ Cruiser side

Specifications

 

Specifications2015 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Engine/ Cylinders4.0 litre / V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
270 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
380 Nm @ 4,400 RPM
Tranmission5 speed automatic
DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h10.1 secs
Top speed180 km/h
PriceAED 119,500 - 157,500

5 Responses to 2015 Toyota FJ Cruiser | new car review

  1. rock manila Reply

    October 14, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Great Car

  2. Rustam Reply

    January 23, 2015 at 1:32 am

    • Rated 5 stars

    @Trev, your opinion on FJ is not for Middle Eastern orientation where American cars have waste-like resale value. Moreover good for you to know that petrol is cheap, really cheap which comes in 2 options “95 and “98.
    im planing to buy FJ 2015 as an extra car anyway! ✌️Peace

  3. Trev Reply

    December 19, 2014 at 3:33 am

    First, there is NO 2015 Fj Cruiser, 2014 was the final model year.

    The engine is NOT great, it’s a weak engine for it’s size (4.0L) and fuel consumption (Toyota’s 19MPG hwy /17 MPG avg is unrealistic), and the HP output is 260 HP not the 270 quoted in the article and that’s the figure using premium fuel, not the lower HP provided by regular gasoline. Many other car makers using lower compression VVT engines (FJ is D-VVTi) achieve far better torque and power numbers and better fuel efficiency. Let alone what smaller supercharged/turbo engines can do. Looking at a Ford Ecoboost 2.7L or Jeep Pentastar 3.6L engines the old Toyo 4L just seems old and weak. The engine was OK for 2010 when it was updated, and better than the original VVT of 2007, but it’s not good, let alone great for an engine in the past 3+years where smaller engines can do much more. It’s the one area Toyota actually lags way behind everyone else, and they know it which is why there are new engines coming to their other trucks/suv lines in 2015/16.
    The FJ cruiser was capable and distinctive when it first came out in 2007, but now it just looks and feels old because very little has been done to improve on it (especially on the interior which doesn’t look mechanical, it looks Spartan at best), and like all the others that didn’t improve (LR Defender, Hummer, etc) it’s simply no longer well-equipped and it just starts to look old and awkward, not quirky and innovative like when it came out.
    You’d be much better off getting a Toyota 4-Runner TRD, which is not only much more capable, but now also looks much better/modern/aggressive than the aging FJ.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      December 21, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Hi Trev,

      Good to have you on the site and thank you for your feedback. However, for the Middle Eastern markets I must point out that there is a 2015 FJ Cruiser in showrooms and it does churn out 270 horsepower from its 4.0 litre V6 engine. Sadly, the 4-Runner isn’t a model available over here.

      Coming onto your point of turbocharging and possibly even supercharging engines, you’re absolutely right. They can generate significantly more power and torque, however, forced induction is something better suited to road going SUVs for the simple reason that turbochargers would not aid in the low rev range and superchargers have a high chance of burning out at constant high revs. Thus, keeping the FJ Cruiser normally aspirated seems like the right thing to do. After all, it is one of the most desired SUV’s for a weekend on the dunes out here in the UAE.

      Regards,

      Zaran

    • Kiwi Reply

      January 14, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Trev,
      Get real mate!
      Toyota FJ Cruisers are here to stay for another few years in the Middle East, Australian, New Zealand, Japan and South America…
      The engines are designed to last a very very long time…in the extreme weather conditions of these countries…
      Ford will not sell the Eco bost in the Middle East as they know they will pop before warranties expire…
      The Ford Explorers here last 25% the life of the Prado / Land cruiser / FJ…
      Most run will past 250K miles… where the US Fords and GM’s are done at 100K miles… with rubber falling off them and engine gearbox issues…
      As for your comments on the interior – I guess you would call it functional…
      And forget the Toyota 4 Runner – as it is not available in the Middle East…

      You see Trev, there is a big wide world outside of USA and lots go on here…maybe you should go interstate some time?

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