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The 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser offers improved passenger side walk-in, with a
front passenger seat that can fold further forward. New folding headrests on the
outboard rear seats help to improve rearward visibility, and heater performance
is improved. The available 17-inch alloy wheel design is new.
standard audio system features an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback
capability, six speakers, XM Radio (includes 90-day trial subscription),
auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, hands-free phone
capability and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. The steering
wheel now integrates audio system and Bluetooth controls for added ease of use.
A JBL 10-speaker premium audio system, including sub woofer, is newly optional
(standard on Trail Teams Special Edition).
With styling cues reminiscent of Toyota's famed FJ40 4x4 utility vehicle, sold
in the U.S. from 1960 to 1983, the Toyota FJ Cruiser conveys a capable,
contemporary spirit. The original FJ40, which during its production life served
around the world as the safari and expedition vehicle of choice, is today a
Heritage design features include the front
grille with two round, five-inch headlights, reminiscent of the FJ40's frontal
styling; the hood and fender contours; and a rear-mounted and exposed full-size
spare tire with an off-center license plate mount.
The 2011 FJ Cruiser's
side access doors open 90 degrees in clamshell fashion for easy rear-seat
ingress and egress. Additionally, a swing-up glass hatch is incorporated into
the side-hinged rear door. The glass hatch opens independently of the rear door
and helps accommodate longer items. The angular wheel arches open to provide
maximum clearance for the Toyota FJ Cruiser's large 32-inch tires at full
suspension deflection. The arches are edged by flexible fender flares that
resist damage during trail driving and also from opening doors of adjacent
parked vehicles. Three wiper arms provide nearly complete coverage of the wide
Interior Designed for Rugged Wear - and Comfort
The 2011 FJ Cruiser's interior combines heritage-inspired design with the
comfort and convenience of a modern Toyota SUV. The dash is bordered by upper
and lower tubular forms, which frame rectangular-shaped flat panels. Large
control knobs provide easy grip, even when wearing gloves. The standard full
gauge package - including speedometer, tachometer, amp meter, temperature gauge
and fuel gauge - uses round, black-white dials for enhanced visibility. Switches
for major functions, including climate and audio controls, and the optional
locking rear differential, are mounted in the center dash panel within easy
reach for the driver.
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