Zaran Tarapore on 2015 Toyota FJ Cruiser | new car review 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.
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Trev on 2015 Toyota FJ Cruiser | new car review 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.