The FJ Cruiser has been ranked as the #1 vehicle in the Compact Multi Activity Vehicle (MAV) category in the 2008 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study by JD Power & Associates. The FJ Cruiser ranked highest in five categories: vehicle exterior, seats (tied w/the Mazda CX-7), climate control, driving dynamics, and engine/transmission. The FJ also ranked above average in the vehicle interior, storage/space, and electronics (audio/navigation) categories. As can be expected, the FJ ranked below average for visibility/driving safety and fuel economy.
This is good news for FJ Cruiser owners & enthusiasts. It is unlikely that Toyota will think about discontinuing the FJ any time soon as some rumors have stated. Still, with gas prices continuing to climb, we’re really hoping the FJ is on the list to get a small diesel and/or hybrid technology in the near future.
The full report is available on the JD Power & Associates