2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$23,045-$24,635
$20,969-$22,416
15 /CITY / 19 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • Two-row side curtain air bags now standard

  • Front-seat side air bags now standard

  • Tire-pressure-monitoring system added

  • Off-Road package offered with upgraded tires, shocks, more
Overview
The FJ Cruiser was added to Toyota's U.S. model lineup for 2007. Developed with a younger audience in mind, this 5-passenger SUV's retro styling recalls the Toyota FJ40s of the 1960s. With its body-on-frame construction and choice of rear- or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD, the latter complete with a 2-speed transfer case), the FJ Cruiser is designed to be durable enough for serious off-road driving, while retaining civilized on-road manners, according to Toyota.

First introduced in 1960, the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser was designed to be a serious piece of off-road hardware in the same vein as the original Jeeps and Land Rovers. The FJ40 was a no-frills, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred 4x4, and Toyota produced it well into the early 1980s. The FJ40 is still sought after by serious off-road enthusiasts. Now that the Land Cruiser has evolved into more of a luxury yacht than a jungle-crusher, Toyota seeks to revive the FJ40's spirit with the FJ Cruiser.

The FJ Cruiser's styling, particularly in front, clearly recalls the original FJ40, as do the color choices. Simple, non-metallic colors combined with a white roof and black running gear recall the limited palette of the original FJ40, though it's doubtful that the old FJ40 would be found with amenities such as vehicle stability control (VSC), anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a CD player, all of which are standard on the FJ Cruiser.

Model Lineup
Only one model of the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser is offered. It includes air conditioning, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, power windows and locks, rear-window defogger, manually adjusting front seats, and tilt steering. All FJ Cruisers have a white roof.

Seventeen-inch steel wheels are standard; alloy versions are an option. The side-access door opens 90 degrees to allow access to the back seat.

Powertrain
All 2008 Toyota FJ Cruisers are powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 engine producing 239 hp and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. RWD models are available only with a 5-speed automatic transmission, while the 4x4 offers a choice of the 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. Automatic 4x4s get a part-time 4WD system, while manual-transmission models enjoy a full-time system with a lockable limited-slip center differential. Vehicles with an automatic transmission allow manual shifting with the gated shifter.

An optional Class IV towing package allows the FJ Cruiser to tow up to 5000 pounds. The optional Off-Road package adds 16-inch alloy wheels with BFG Rugged Trail tires, Bilstein shocks, a Cyclone pre-air cleaner, and a rear differential that works with the FJ's Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) setup.

Safety
As with other Toyota SUVs, the Star Safety System on the 2008 FJ Cruiser includes dual front air bags, side-mounted side air bags, two-row side curtain air bags, stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. All are standard equipment.

Technology
Seats on the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser are of water-repellent fabric coated with a resin that allows breathability and ready stain removal. Even the stitched seams are treated, Toyota says, to prevent liquid from entering the seat interior. FJ Cruiser floors use a rubber-like material that affords easy cleaning.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Two-row side curtain air bags now standard

  • Front-seat side air bags now standard

  • Tire-pressure-monitoring system added

  • Off-Road package offered with upgraded tires, shocks, more
Overview
The FJ Cruiser was added to Toyota's U.S. model lineup for 2007. Developed with a younger audience in mind, this 5-passenger SUV's retro styling recalls the Toyota FJ40s of the 1960s. With its body-on-frame construction and choice of rear- or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD, the latter complete with a 2-speed transfer case), the FJ Cruiser is designed to be durable enough for serious off-road driving, while retaining civilized on-road manners, according to Toyota.

First introduced in 1960, the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser was designed to be a serious piece of off-road hardware in the same vein as the original Jeeps and Land Rovers. The FJ40 was a no-frills, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred 4x4, and Toyota produced it well into the early 1980s. The FJ40 is still sought after by serious off-road enthusiasts. Now that the Land Cruiser has evolved into more of a luxury yacht than a jungle-crusher, Toyota seeks to revive the FJ40's spirit with the FJ Cruiser.

The FJ Cruiser's styling, particularly in front, clearly recalls the original FJ40, as do the color choices. Simple, non-metallic colors combined with a white roof and black running gear recall the limited palette of the original FJ40, though it's doubtful that the old FJ40 would be found with amenities such as vehicle stability control (VSC), anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a CD player, all of which are standard on the FJ Cruiser.

Model Lineup
Only one model of the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser is offered. It includes air conditioning, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, power windows and locks, rear-window defogger, manually adjusting front seats, and tilt steering. All FJ Cruisers have a white roof.

Seventeen-inch steel wheels are standard; alloy versions are an option. The side-access door opens 90 degrees to allow access to the back seat.

Powertrain
All 2008 Toyota FJ Cruisers are powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 engine producing 239 hp and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. RWD models are available only with a 5-speed automatic transmission, while the 4x4 offers a choice of the 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. Automatic 4x4s get a part-time 4WD system, while manual-transmission models enjoy a full-time system with a lockable limited-slip center differential. Vehicles with an automatic transmission allow manual shifting with the gated shifter.

An optional Class IV towing package allows the FJ Cruiser to tow up to 5000 pounds. The optional Off-Road package adds 16-inch alloy wheels with BFG Rugged Trail tires, Bilstein shocks, a Cyclone pre-air cleaner, and a rear differential that works with the FJ's Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) setup.

Safety
As with other Toyota SUVs, the Star Safety System on the 2008 FJ Cruiser includes dual front air bags, side-mounted side air bags, two-row side curtain air bags, stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. All are standard equipment.

Technology
Seats on the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser are of water-repellent fabric coated with a resin that allows breathability and ready stain removal. Even the stitched seams are treated, Toyota says, to prevent liquid from entering the seat interior. FJ Cruiser floors use a rubber-like material that affords easy cleaning.
Available Trims for the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name RWD 4dr Auto (Natl) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23045.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name RWD 4dr Auto (GS) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23045.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name RWD 4dr Auto (SE) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23045.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD 4dr Man (Natl) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 24225.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/18
Name 4WD 4dr Man (GS) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 24225.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/18
Name 4WD 4dr Man (SE) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 24225.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/18
Name 4WD 4dr Auto (Natl) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24635.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD 4dr Auto (GS) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24635.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name 4WD 4dr Auto (SE) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24635.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
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INTERIOR
  • Water resistant fabric seats-inc: 8-way driver & 4-way front passenger manually adjustable seats, driver seat armrest, passenger seatback pocket
  • 60/40 split 2nd row seats-inc: removable bottom cushions, fold-down seatback
  • Adjustable headrests in all rows
  • (4) cupholders/(2) bottle holders
  • Rubber-like floor in cabin & cargo area
  • Tilt 3-spoke steering wheel w/silver trim
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Silver-trimmed instrument panel-inc: speedometer, tachometer, fuel, temp, voltmeters
  • Color-keyed center instrumentation console
  • Pwr windows
  • Pwr door locks
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defogger w/intelligent timer
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers, MP3/WMA capability
  • Digital clock
  • (4) door-mounted map pockets
  • Dual sun visors
  • (4) assist handles
  • Key cylinder light
EXTERIOR
  • White roof
  • Black bumpers w/metallic silver trim
  • Black overfenders w/integrated mud flaps
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps
  • Silver painted mirrors
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Silver trim door handles
  • Rear hatch glass window w/release lever
MECHANICAL
  • 4.0L DOHC SFI 24-valve V6 engine w/VVT-i
  • 5-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission (ECT)
  • Automatic limited slip differential
  • Vehicle stability control (VSC)
  • Traction control
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Skid plates-inc: engine, front suspension, fuel tank
  • High-mounted double-wishbone front suspension
  • 4-link rear suspension w/lateral rod, coil springs
  • Front & rear stabilizer bar
  • P265/70R17 mud & snow BSW tires
  • Full-size spare tire w/rear door mount
  • 17" black steel wheels
  • Pwr variable gear rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), brake assist
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Full-time 4-wheel drive-inc: Torsen center differential w/locking feature
  • Skid plates-inc: engine, front suspension, fuel tank, transfer case
  • Part-time 4-wheel drive system
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) brake assist
    • Driver & front passenger dual stage airbags
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side airbags
    • 1st & 2nd row side curtain air bags
    • 3-point automatic/emergency locking retractor (ALR/ELR) outboard & 2nd row center seatbelts, ELR driver seatbelt
    • Driver & front passenger seatbelt pretensioners w/force limiters
    • Child restraint system (CRS) top tether anchors & ISO-FIX lower anchor points
    • Vehicle stability control (VSC)
    • Traction control
    • Side-impact door beams
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