Pros: Off-road capability; rugged, expressive looks, surprisingly strong resale value
Cons: Fuel economy; wind noise in highway driving; boxy styling compromises visibility; some testers find driving position awkward
CG Says: Toyota’s FJ Cruiser sacrifices functionality and highway and comfort in exchange for one-of-a-kind styling and impressive off-road capability. Almost any other like-sized SUV will be better at mundane day-to-day tasks like commuting, carrying cargo, or ferrying the kids around, but if you like the FJ’s looks and value its strengths, this Toyota is worthy of consideration. It’s worth noting that the FJ Cruiser has developed a cult-like following, and that used examples sell for nearly as much as they cost when new. If you currently own an FJ Cruiser, you may be surprised by what it is worth.