2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser 

  • $28k
  • 4.0L V6
  • 15 city 18 hwy
7.4 Out of 10
The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser has a design that looks tough, rugged, and almost ageless.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Toyota hasn't touched the styling of the FJ Cruiser since it introduced this tough off-road-oriented model more than five years ago—and that's a good thing, as the FJ arrived well-detailed and pretty perfectly balanced, design-wise, between modern and ageless.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Toyota FJ Cruiser


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18 MPG
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28 MPG

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Reviews Word on the street for the Toyota FJ Cruiser

Its 260-horspower, 4.0-liter V-6 provides strong performance from a standing start, whether with the five-speed automatic or six-speed manual, though it's not as quick on the highway.

Two-wheel-drive model gets a five-speed automatic transmission.

Four-wheel-drive FJs come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, 2-speed transfer case and a locking rear differential (standard on manually equipped cars and optional with the automatic).


8.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


You won't find the settled, sophisticated ride quality or quiet, refined interior here, either.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
While trail purists are going to appreciate that, the approach has its consequences—namely, comfort and ride quality that are decidedly below today's norm.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
You won't find any cushy air suspensions or luxury trimmings inside the FJ Cruiser.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)


All FJ Cruiser models include a good set of interior comforts, but there's some scruffiness and a hint of military-grade here, and it's intentional.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
A rectangular, trucklike dashboard incorporates a prominent square panel with stereo and climate controls.
by cars.com (Jul, 2012)
Inside, the appointments are intentionally stark, with body-colored panels and simple gauges and sturdy switchgear.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)


The automatic transmission is really the more fuel efficient option here.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
You can thank the FJ Cruiser’s long list of standard safety gear for the positive results.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
With 260 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque, its 4.0-liter V-6 engine is a gem, and the six-speed manual or five-speed automatic do quite well with what it can churn out.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)


The most basic 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV is equipped with 2-wheel drive (2WD), a 5-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and locks, a 6-speaker CD/MP3 audio system, auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and streaming audio, XM satellite radio, steering-wheel audio controls, electronic stability and traction controls, front-seat side-mounted airbags, roll-sensing side-curtain airbags, two front airbags and 17-inch black steel wheels.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
The rear-wheel-drive model can only be equipped with the automatic, while the all-wheel-drive model allows buyers to choose between the manual or the auto.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Considering the very utilitarian, back-to-basics look and feel of the 2013 FJ Cruiser, it comes with a surprisingly good set of interior comfort and convenience items, with many of them standard; and for those who really want to maximize the FJ's off-road potential, there are several pointed packages to do just that-and look good doing so.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)


The front styling is a throwback to the original FJ40, as are the FJ Cruiser's white roof and wraparound rear-quarter windows.
by cars.com (Jul, 2012)
The Trail Teams Special Edition stands out from the rest of the lineup for 2013 because of its monotone Cement Grey exterior, with black bumpers, grille, and door handles-plus matching Cement Gray accents inside.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
The design is a tribute to the original FJ.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Toyota
Model year 2013
City range 285 miles
Highway range 342 miles
MSRP $28k
Annual cost $8,999

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.5 m³
CO2 per car made 0.46 metric ton

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 4.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders V6
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 4WD Part-Time

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 12.6 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.28 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 265 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 70

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks N/A
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera Standard
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 75 in
Front track width 63.2 in
Height 72 in
Ground clearance 9.6 in
Length 183.9 in
Wheelbase 105.9 in
Curb weight 4,332 lb
GVWR 5,570 pounds
Tow weight 4,700 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 58 ft³
Rear seat room 39 ft³


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 3
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.3 g
Combined CO2/mile 534 g
Methane/mile 0.01 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 190 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 4
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 80 tons

power & handling

Max torque 271 ft-lb @ 4,400 RPM
Max HP 260 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 16.66 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.7 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume No
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input No
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control N/A
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry N/A
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system Optional
Roof rails Optional, $689
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard
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