How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser?
The Toyota FJ Cruiser was the automaker’s beefy, Jeep-like offroader in the mid-2000s. From 2007 through 2014, the FJ Cruiser was a favorite for many drivers across America. The FJ Cruiser’s retro-inspired design intrigued classic Toyota fans, young drivers loved the offroading capabilities found with the FJ, and many families were impressed with just how reliable the FJ Cruiser was as a Toyota family-hauling SUV.
Sadly, the Toyota FJ Cruiser was discontinued in the United States before it became popular. With the FJ Cruiser’s popularity spiking late after it was discontinued, drivers nationwide are flocking to used dealer lots to get behind the wheel of one of these FJ Cruisers while they still can. If you are looking to get behind the wheel of one of these final 2014 FJ Cruisers and have concerns about the reliability of an almost decade-old vehicle, look no further. Here is everything you need to know about the FJ Cruiser and how reliable a 2014 model can be.
Price, specs, and features
The Toyota FJ Cruiser was introduced to the American market for the 2007 model year, and it ran through the 2014 model year. According to U.S. News, the FJ Cruiser started at around $27,680 MSRP when it was new in 2014.
Today, the same 2014 FJ Cruiser is typically selling for around $30,000 to $34,527 due to its current spike in popularity. The FJ Cruiser is a basic, rugged offroader with only one engine option, a 4.0-liter V6 engine that produces around 260 hp. This FJ Cruiser can be had in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. For the four-wheel drive model, a six-speed manual transmission is an option, and for all other trim levels, an automatic transmission comes standard.
The FJ Cruiser is a basic vehicle, even for its model year. For 2014, cruise control, remote keyless entry, rearview camera, and rear windshield wipers were all optional equipment. An upgraded stereo with a 6-disc CD changer and 11 speakers, and a rear parking assist sonar system was available.
While the FJ Cruiser did have a cult following during production, sales were tough on the FJ Cruiser following the 2008 recession. Inefficient vehicles like the Huymmer lineup and the FJ Cruiser weren’t appealing to Americans anymore, and by 2014, the plug was finally pulled on U.S. sales for the Toyota Cruiser.
Is the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser reliable?
According to RepairPal, the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a fairly reliable vehicle. As previously mentioned, the FJ Cruiser is incredibly basic, with hardly any features that could fail. This leads the FJ Cruiser to receive a 3.5/5 score from RepairPal, which states that the average annual repair cost of the FJ Cruiser is lower than average, with frequency and severity of repairs also being about average.
J.D. Power also gave the 2014 FJ Cruiser a perfect rating in reliability, with no safety recalls at all issued by the NHTSA. With hardly any frequent issues with the FJ Cruiser and no safety recalls ever issued, the 2014 FJ Cruiser is one of the most reliable offroading SUVs you can buy today. That is, if you can find one of these rare vehicles.