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Toyota Vehicle Reviews

2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser Introduction

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is the most capable of all Toyotas when the pavement gives way to gravel, sand and rocks. That's saying something, given the capabilities of the 4Runner, Land Cruiser, and Tacoma. All of these Toyotas are among the best in their respective classes for travel over rugged terrain.

The FJ Cruiser seats five. The front doors are standard, front-hinged units. Rear-hinged rear side doors give easy access to the back seat and cargo area. Rear access to the cargo area is through a door hinged on the driver's side of the vehicle instead of a typical roof-hinged hatch-style closure.

An All-Terrain option package further enhances the FJ's capabilities, with BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires, trail-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, a Cyclone air pre-cleaner, and a rear differential lock that works in conjunction with Toyota's A-TRAC off-road traction control system. With this setup, the FJ Cruiser can hang with the Jeep Wrangler crowd.

We found the FJ Cruiser superb in rugged terrain yet comfortable on the road. Its V6 engine delivers more than ample power and torque for any foreseeable situation.

Changes for 2010 are small in number but significant in nature. The 4.0-liter V6 engine now has dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which means variable valve timing for both intake and exhaust, and new roller rockers. These changes boost the horsepower from 239 to 258 hp, while peak torque is reduced slightly from 278 pound-feet to 270. Fuel economy is slightly improved, and the torque curve is broader.

The other major change for 2010 is the availability of a Trail Teams Special Edition package, which includes the mechanical features of the All-Terrain Package, but looks the part of a safari vehicle with Sandstorm exterior (including the roof), and blackout paint on the hood and other components.

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