Toyota FJ Cruiser 2019 Philippines Review: Specs, Price & More

7.0 Price: ₱2,048,000 |Body type: SUV/MPV
Find out all about the Toyota FJ Cruiser 2019 Philippines based on the interior, exterior, specs, prices, pros & cons in our expert review

As it is, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is available in a single variant, with the 4.0L V6. Shelling out PhP 2,048,000.00 earns you a choice of seven colors: black, beige, cement grey, red, smoky blue, white and yellow.

Toyota FJ Cruiser 2019

You can get your own FJ Cruiser for Php 2,048,000.00 from a Toyota dealership near you

But beyond being a homage to a revered yet long-gone machine, does the FJ Cruiser have enough merits on its own to deserve the asking price? Check out what this latest road machine has to offer and find out if it’s really for you in our expert Toyota FJ Cruiser 2019 Philippines Review from

1. Toyota FJ Cruiser 2019 Exterior

On the outside, the 2019 FJ Cruiser has a rugged look that you won’t see in a lot of its rivals. With sleek and classy designs all the rage among SUVs lately, the FJ Cruiser bucks the trend, with a largely retro body style and oversized details such as the bumper and fender flares that seem to convey a bulky yet solid build.

The headlamps are of the wave reflector type that deliver optimum lighting wherever you are, whatever the weather. A trio of windshield wipers at the front plus the rear wiper help clear rain, dirt and debris. Black overfenders add style and functionality.

Toyota FJ Cruiser exterior design

2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser dresses with a grand and boat-like feel

The suicide-style doors on either side reveal the lack of a B-pillar, presumably for ease of ingress, while the rear hatch can be opened if you wish to load your gear. Eschewing the lower-profile sharkfin antenna, the FJ Cruiser instead uses a spring back spiral antenna for radio reception.

2. Toyota FJ Cruiser 2019 Interior

Once you step inside, expect a rugged look that matches the exterior. It has eight-way adjustable front bucket seats, as well as a comfortable armrest for both driver and front passenger. The split-fold rear seats can accommodate three average-sized adults. Fabric and PVC make for comfortable upholstery that’s easy to clean. Front occupants benefit from a couple of extra-large cupholders, while rear passengers make do with two medium-sized ones.

Toyota FJ Cruiser interior

Toyota FJ Cruiser interior follows the retro styling

Seatback pockets make it easy to stow maps or other small items, while an illuminated entry system shines for passengers when boarding under low-light conditions. You’ll also find the front personal lamp and luggage room lamp practical when you need to rummage through your stuff. The accessory power outlet lets you plug in your personal devices on the go.

3. 2019 Toyota FJ Cruiser Philippines: Engine & Performance

The FJ Cruiser powered by a 4.0L 1GR-FE V6 with 24 valves and Dual VVT-I, producing up to 265 hp and 380Nm of torque. A five-speed automatic is the lone transmission option. Bolstering the chassis is a double-wishbone suspension at the front and a four-link setup with the lateral rod at the rear.

Front and rear disc brakes come with ABS. Steering is more on the old-school side with hydraulic rack and pinion instead of electric assist. Of course, the FJ Cruiser comes with 4WD.

Toyota FJ Cruiser driving experience

A 4x4 off-road vehicle!

When it comes to handling, the 2019 FJ Cruiser tackles both pavement and rough roads with ease. It rides smoothly on sand, gravel and rocky areas, but also drives well on asphalt with minimal bouncing at the back. The combined 159L fuel tank capacity ensures that you have more than enough for your adventures.

4. Toyota FJ Cruiser 2019 Philippines: Safety and entertainment

The FJ Cruiser offers a more modest entertainment system compared to today’s touchscreen doodads, consisting only of an AM/FM radio, and a CD player that can also play MP3s, although you can still plug in your music devices through the AUX IN connector and AUX and Bluetooth.

For safety, the FJ Cruiser has dual airbags. Vehicle stability control is also present with VSC + A-TRAC. A high-mount stoplight on the rear spoiler makes the FJ Cruiser visible when slamming on the brakes, even at night. An immobilizer and anti-theft system maximize vehicle security.

Toyota FJ Cruiser interior

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is equipped with dual airbags for the driver and front passenger

5. Toyota FJ Cruiser 2019 Philippines Review: Verdict

With such an extravagant price, you may be tempted to expect a lot from this SUV. It’s not exactly leading in terms of premium amenities or comfort, and you’ll probably be better off elsewhere if you’re looking for superlative levels of refinement.

But in terms of off-road capability, the FJ Cruiser does exactly what it was meant to do, and delivers it in spades. If adventure is in your blood, then you would do well to consider the Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Source: Hanna Miel Sanchez

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