The 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser sits up and gets noticed. It features unique interior and exterior styling, excellent handling on all types of terrain and stellar crash test ratings – reasons that have made it a fast fan favorite with sport utility buyers since its introduction just last year. The FJ Cruiser is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that generates 239 horses and 278 lbs-ft of torque, with your choice of manual or automatic transmission and RWD or AWD depending on your preference. It features seating capacity for up to five and a solid list of luxury amenities and safety features.Read more Read less
The 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser is little changed from the 2007 debut model. In the realm of safety, side air bags and side curtain air bags are now standard equipment. Gone is the TRD Special Edition, though much of its beefy equipment has been integrated into the new Trail Teams Special Edition, a truck limited to 3,200 units, which gets an exclusive Iceberg White paint job with black trim. Black Cherry Pearl exterior paint has been discontinued, though Brick Red and Sandstorm have been added. Pricing across the range climbed about $500.
Rugged off-road prowess; roomy interior for people and cargo; Toyota reliability; distinctive styling recalls past FJs; excellent NHTSA ratings.
IntelliChoice rated the 2007 Toyota FJ "Excellent" for its predicted five-year cost of ownership, so the little-changed 2008 FJ should follow that trend. The FJ Cruiser evokes fond memories of a tough-as-nails truck, though now buyers get amenities that make it a bit more civilized. The combination of Toyota's bomb-proof 4.0L V6, rugged off-road capabilities with 9.6 inches of clearance, surprisingly good highway presence, comfortable interior, and competitive pricing make the FJ Cruiser a smart alternative to offerings from Jeep and Hummer.