The 2007 FJ Cruiser incorporates many design features of the original, such as fairly compact dimensions and aggressive approach and departure angles. Powering the FJ is a refined 4.0-liter V6, which gives the driver 239 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. As expected, FJ Cruiser rocks off road, with its supple suspension articulation enabling it to clamber over boulders, tree roots and most anything else. On pavement, the precise steering, smooth ride and surprisingly low wind noise at freeway speeds make for an affable commuter. The seats are water-repellent and the grey rubber floors can be easily hosed down. The three wiper arms do a great job swiping muck off the glass. And the oversized climate controls can be adjusted while you’re wearing work or snow gloves.
Stability control, traction control and antilock disc brakes with brake assist are all standard. Optional are front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags for all outboard passengers, daytime running lights and rear park assist. In NHTSA crash tests, the FJ earned a top five-star rating for driver safety in head-on collisions. Front passengers earn four stars. For the side-impact test, front and rear passenger protection receive five stars. The IIHS gives the FJ a top score of “Good” for its protection of occupants in frontal-offset and side-impact collisions.
After being received the FJ was passed through our shop and fully inspected. We replaced both front lower ball joints, the radiator, and both front stabilizing bushings. We also replaced the rear pads rotors and seized LR caliper. The front summer tires are 10/32nds, and the rears are 8/32nds. The front brakes are at 50% and the rear is at 100%.