2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Unique styling
  • Versatile interior
  • Off-road potential

The Bad

  • Gas mileage
  • Backseat roominess
2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser

  • 260-hp V-6
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic
  • iPod connection and satellite radio
  • Rollover-sensing curtain airbags

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Toyota's retro-styled FJ Cruiser SUV recreates some of the 1958 FJ40's original charm. With seating for five people, the FJ competes with off-road-oriented SUVs like the Nissan Xterra and Jeep Wrangler.

New for 2014
There are no significant changes for 2014.

Exterior Highlights

  • Boxy, throwback styling
  • Windshield has three wipers
  • Rear-hinged access doors facilitate backseat entry
  • Rear swing gate with spare tire
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Power side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Available TRD Package with 16-inch wheels, which accommodate higher sidewall tires for more cushioning

Interior Highlights

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks
  • CD stereo
  • Water-resistant seat fabric
  • Folding 60/40-split backseat
  • Available six-CD changer
  • Available auxiliary gauges for outside temperature, vehicle pitch and heading

Under the Hood

  • 260-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine
  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Rear-wheel-drive model gets a five-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel-drive models get either the automatic or a six-speed manual
  • Four-wheel-drive includes a two-speed transfer case with a 2.57:1 low-range ratio
  • Skid plates, mud guards and tow hooks
  • Off-Road Package features Bilstein shock absorbers and a special locking rear differential that communicates and cooperates with the brake-based traction control
  • 4,700-pound towing capacity

Safety Features

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front he...
Vehicle Overview

Toyota's retro-styled FJ Cruiser SUV recreates some of the 1958 FJ40's original charm. With seating for five people, the FJ competes with off-road-oriented SUVs like the Nissan Xterra and Jeep Wrangler.

New for 2014
There are no significant changes for 2014.

Exterior Highlights

  • Boxy, throwback styling
  • Windshield has three wipers
  • Rear-hinged access doors facilitate backseat entry
  • Rear swing gate with spare tire
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Power side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Available TRD Package with 16-inch wheels, which accommodate higher sidewall tires for more cushioning

Interior Highlights

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks
  • CD stereo
  • Water-resistant seat fabric
  • Folding 60/40-split backseat
  • Available six-CD changer
  • Available auxiliary gauges for outside temperature, vehicle pitch and heading

Under the Hood

  • 260-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine
  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Rear-wheel-drive model gets a five-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel-drive models get either the automatic or a six-speed manual
  • Four-wheel-drive includes a two-speed transfer case with a 2.57:1 low-range ratio
  • Skid plates, mud guards and tow hooks
  • Off-Road Package features Bilstein shock absorbers and a special locking rear differential that communicates and cooperates with the brake-based traction control
  • 4,700-pound towing capacity

Safety Features

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Dream SUV

by JMiller2063 from Denver, CO on October 12, 2018

Quirky yet classic styling, excellent ride, plenty of room, so versatile. Toyota hit this one out of the park. Best vehicle I've ever owned since I started driving in 1975. Read full review

(5.0)

I love my FJ Cruiser!!

by FJ-Cruiser Enthusiast from Hudson, NC on October 3, 2018

This vehicle has been all that I wanted it to be, except for gas mileage. My wife and I have taken it on cross-country trips, and it was fabulous. It rides a lot smoother than I expected. It is great ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Toyota
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The FJ Cruiser received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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