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FJ Cruiser: The Most Underrated Off Road Vehicle - Toyota Parts Blog

suvWhen it comes to off-roading, the Jeep Wranlger tends to hog the spotlight. In our opinion, they’re overrated. Sure they’re great for off-roading. But experts say they have low safety and reliability scores.

If you’re looking for a ride that is fun to drive on and off roads, you can’t go wrong with the Toyota FJ Cruiser.

The FJ Cruiser can match other off-roading vehicles. It packs a V6 engine with 260 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. With its electronically controlled locking rear differential, you can get traction under most circumstances whether it’s off roads or on a snowy road in your neighborhood. Just take a look at this FJ in this off-road test video.

Unlike competing off-road vehicles that shall not be named, the FJ Cruiser gets a high safety rating. It features Toyota’s Star Safety System. This includes:

  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Active Traction Control
  • Multi-Terrain 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brake Systems
  • Brake Assist
  • Smart Stop Technology

It’s one of the reasons it scored a 9.4 out of 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s safety rating. By comparison, the 2013 Wrangler scored a 7.1 in terms of safety.

With the FJ Cruiser, you get an all-around good ride. The interior is quiet and comfortable and the engine packs a lot of power.

For those that are hesitant to purchase a Toyota for off-roading, Toyota has a rich off-roading tradition. The Toyota J40 was a tough off-roading vehicle built from 1960 to 1984. It provided the inspiration for the FJ Cruiser.

We recommend taking the FJ Cruiser for a test drive. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by its power and safety features. It’s the best of both worlds!

What do you think of the FJ Cruiser? Leave your comments below. At Toyota Parts Center, we have a huge inventory of discounted Toyota OEM parts at Parts.OlatheToyota.com.

Written by Tom Blackman