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2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review & Price
Among the next generation of SUVs the Toyota FJ Cruiser is downright a stunner that tops the chart any which way you may look at it.. The 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser makes no attempt to hide its sole intent, which is to clamber over mountains, wade through streams and scamper across desserts with ease.
SUV fans that want a dedicated vehicle that can allow them to have fun off-road as well as drive on tarmac with decent respectability should read on to learn more about this quirky truck from Toyota.
2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Features
The 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser looks somewhat like a poor-man’s Hummer from the front and that is not in a bad way. A wraparound front two-tone bumper with a honeycomb grill flanked by simple round headlamps and stretched side-indicators offers a butch look to the FJ Cruiser.
The FJ rides on 16 or 17 inch rims shod with wide P265/70R17 tires or equivalent based on the chosen trim. The macho look is further accentuated by a tiny front windscreen and narrow side glasses that does pose a problem while driving and parking.
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The sides too look very aggressive thanks to black colored wheel arch and body plastic kit that is standard on all trims. One unique feature of the FJ Cruiser is the reverse-opening rear doors that not only make the FJ look like a 2-door, but in addition can be opened only when the corresponding front door is opened.
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The rear hatch holds the huge spare tire and when combined with the small glass could make reversing quite painful, although a reverse camera system is offered as an option. Small wraparound tail lamps bulge out from the rear sides of the FJ to complete the butch feel along with a matching two-tone rear bumper.
Toyota has simply taken a flat piece of plastic and rolled it at the edges to turn it into the clunky dashboard of the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser. The simplistic theme does look good considering the nature of this beast and several comfortable options are bolted on to the dashboard to offer some form of convenience in city and highway driving.
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The interiors including the dashboard, seat upholstery and door panels are finished in black, dark grey and silver, and do look pleasant to the eyes. Optional comforts include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 6-CD changer with 11 JBL Speakers, cruise control, air-conditioning, powered door mirrors and keyless entry among several other features.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser might look rugged from outside, but offers several conveniences to use this SUV for daily commute.
Engine and Transmission
The 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser features a mammoth 4000cc V6 Petrol Engine that delivers 260 HP along with 271 lb/ft of Torque. This brute of an engine powers the rear wheels or all four wheels depending on the chosen setup.
A 6-Speed Manual Gearbox with limited slip differential is offered with one type of 4 Wheel Drive system while another 4 Wheel Drive system is available with a 5-Speed Automatic Transmission. Mileage figures range between 17/20 mpg in city/highway conditions based on the engine and transmission configuration.
2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Price
The 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser is offered in a Base Trim that is priced at around $25,000. However, there are 8 more trims on offer that can raise the price right up to $28,000.
SUV fans that want a dedicated SUV that spews power, looks like a club bouncer on steroids and handles on and off road duties without breaking into a sweat will surely love the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser.