The 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser hasn’t altered much since it was first introduced, and neither has the selection of serious off-road variants. Despite Hummer’s demise and Jeep’s improved wrangler, the FJ Cruiser is still one of the best options for off-road hardiness and trail proficiency. The design of the FJ is so well-balanced between vintage and modern that it should stand the test of time. The FJ Cruiser looks ready for the trail, but it could just as well be parked in front of an outdoor outfitter as it would be in front of an Urban Outfitters. It takes design influences from today’s 4Runner and Land Cruiser, with a MINI Cooper-like edge. Interior fittings are deliberately minimal, with body-colored panels and simple gauges, and solid switchgear on the inside.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Its 4.0-liter V-6 engine, which makes 260 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque, may be ordered with a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission, depending on the trim level. Powerful acceleration and confident highway overtaking are made possible by the car’s powerful engine. The FJ Cruiser’s lightest rear-wheel-drive version weighs over 4,000 pounds, so don’t anticipate sports car-like acceleration statistics.

Just keep in mind that owners of the all-wheel-drive model have the option of selecting between a five-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Even while the automatic transmission isn’t a total waste of time, the manual is a lot of fun and enables you to get the most out of the V-6 engine. The Toyota FJ Cruiser, which is only available with a five-speed automatic transmission, will get you 17/22 mpg city/highway and 19 mpg combined in the city and on the highway. There is a one mpg loss on the highway with an all-wheel drive. We highly suggest that you choose all-wheel-drive over front-wheel-drive because of the minimal advantage in fuel efficiency.

Design, Comfort, and Quality

An earlier military-style utility vehicle, which became the Land Cruiser in North America, was built by Toyota with the FJ and J designations. The 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a distinctive design that seeks to recreate the spirit of its predecessors, even though certain style influences have been transferred. Toyota’s design bureau in Southern California came up with the idea for the FJ Cruiser, while the engineering and manufacturing of the vehicle were carried out in Japan. The upright windshield with its three wipers and the small slit in the bonnet are two retro FJ-style references on the outside. FJ Cruiser features a shorter wheelbase and shorter front and rear body overhangs than the Toyota 4Runner and Tacoma pickup trucks. This, of course, is to improve its off-road capabilities and its ability to move in confined spaces.

The cabin of the FJ is a continuation of the vehicle’s purpose-built, highly practical theme. Water-resistant fabric and rubberized cargo mats are your only options for interior decor in the FJ; forget about leather. An unusual bottom part of the dashboard protrudes into the interior. Getting into the driver’s seat was an ordeal since I kept bumping against my knee. When the driver is seated, they find a simple instrument panel with white-faced gauges. There is a convenient covered storage box on the instrument panel in front of the driver. A cup holder is located in the center console and each of the four doors of the vehicle. A fold-down sun shield over the front doors might prove to be a useful addition. The rear-seat cushions tip forward to make room for the 60/40 split rear seatbacks, which fold forward.

Safety Features:

Roll detection and activation of the side curtain airbags are beneficial features on a vehicle with a high center of gravity. Active head restraints in the front seats avoid accidents like whiplash. The auto-dimming rearview mirror is a brand-new feature for this model.


  • Height: 72.0 in
  • Length: 183.9 in
  • Width: 63.2 in
  • Curb weight: 4295 lbs

Engine type: Gas V6, 4.0L

Fuel tank: 19 g

2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

2012 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER Factory Service Manual

These manuals go through every aspect of how the car operates. The vehicle’s purchase price does not include the service manual for your 2012 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER.

  • Instrumentation
  • Before Driving
  • Starting and Operating
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Specifications
  • Capacities

The service manuals for the 2012 FJ CRUISER are vast and cover every aspect of the vehicle’s service and repair.

2012 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER — Owner’s Manual

When consumers purchase a 2012 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER, they get an owner’s manual containing all the required information for future maintenance, vehicle operation, and features.

  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting

While this list is thorough, the owner’s manual for the 2012 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER provides more operational suggestions to enhance the user experience.


The 2012 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER is $26,115 and €23932.