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Serious off-road-driving will throw any number of obstacles your way and without sufficient ground clearance your 4WD could struggle to get you where you want to be. FJ Cruiser steps up to this challenge with large 265/70R17 tyres - which raise the vehicle height and contribute to the FJ Cruiser's impressive off road capabilities.
In terms of dimensions, the design of the FJ Cruiser reflects those of the original FJ40 - with a very similar wide, muscular stance. It has an overall length of 4,670mm, a width of 1,905mm, a height of 1,830mm and a ground clearance of 224mm[N6]. And thanks to these considerable ground clearance, approach, departure and break over angles, the FJ Cruiser is genuinely equipped for off-road-driving.
One of the key advantages of FJ Cruiser is its Part Time 4WD capability, which enables you to engage or disengage 4WD at any time. This will provide greater driving efficiency when you're on smoother terrain.
FJ Cruiser also includes a locking rear differential to enhance off-road-driving on more tricky terrain. The differential has an electric actuated locking mechanism, which can be conveniently activated via a dash-mounted switch.
FJ Cruiser is equipped with 5-speed CRAWL Control[B10], which automatically controls the brakes and throttle to maintain the vehicle at a steady speed, so you can give full concentration to steering. The system minimises wheel spin and wheel lock up, giving you excellent steering control, even on slippery, uneven terrain or steep gradients. It's also very handy driving through water.
Built to tackle the steep inclines that come with serious off-road-driving, FJ Cruiser has been designed with an impressive approach angle of 36 degrees[N6] to give you the confidence to climb more challenging obstacles with less chance of any damage.
When it came to designing the FJ Cruiser, our engineers took a "go anywhere, do anything" approach - which is why they gave the vehicle such dramatic approach and departure angles[N6]. The departure angle is 31.0 degrees[N6] - which gives significant clearance at the back of the car when stepping down from or climbing a steep obstacle.
FJ Cruiser really comes into its own on rough ground; conquering tough obstacles with its generous ground clearance. This is thanks to a combination of serious approach and departure angles[N6], significant wheel articulation and 17 inch alloy wheels clad in large 265/70R17 tyres.
No two off road tracks are going to be the same. Different conditions need a different response from your vehicle. It's why the FJ Cruiser has Active Traction Control (A-TRC) to assist with grip when the going gets tough.
No matter what your level of experience with off-road driving, terrain can always be unpredictable. For all the bumps along the way, the FJ Cruiser comes complete with front seatback assist grips - which your rear passengers can use for extra comfort to steady themselves in off-road driving situations when the going gets a little more rough.