The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a mid-size SUV recognizable by its retro design. One of the greatest selling points of the SUV is its off-road capabilities. Its overall dimensions and wheelbase are short, so the car can crawl over any terrain. Some post-2013 models have a CRAWL feature, which adjusts the throttle and brakes so that the driver can focus on steering. Although the Toyota FJ cruiser is impressive as an off-roader, there are features that some people detest about it. Some people may desire mid-size SUVs with contemporary designs instead of vintage designs.
Others may want an SUV with more legroom for passengers since the Toyota model has a small legroom of 31.3 inches due to its cramped backseats. If you belong to the camp that is not too fond of this mid-size SUV for various reasons, there are other alternatives you can consider. Here are 20 cars similar to the Toyota FJ Cruiser to get you started.
20. 2014 Jeep Wrangler
This model has plenty of features that make its 4WD capabilities exceptional. Some of those features include its locking differentials, tunable shocks, and durable axles. According to News24, its 4WD features were so impressive that it earned the “Four Wheeler of the Year” award from Four Wheeler Magazine. This model’s off-road capabilities go beyond its 4WD system. The car uses short approach angles in the front and rear, along with its tall ride height to avoid obstacles.
19. 2022 Toyota 4Runner
The mid-size SUV has some of the most advanced suspension systems. First, it is equipped with the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which makes the car suitable for rugged terrains. KDSS releases the front and rear stabilizers independently hence expanding the range of motion of the wheels. The other suspension system this model has is the X-REAS Suspension System. Its role is to keep the car stable as it turns by pumping oil from the inside rear wheel to the outside front wheel.
18. 2022 Kia Telluride
If you equip the car with the 60/40-split second-row bench, it can carry up to eight people. Without it, the car accommodates seven people, which is still a lot of passengers. This SUV is therefore ideal for large families. The beauty of this model is that it can accommodate many people while still leaving plenty of space for the occupants. According to Kia of Streetsboro, the legroom measurements at the front, second row, and third row are 41.4 inches, 42.4 inches, and 31.4 inches, respectively.
17. 2022 Ford Everest
Here is another model that has several features that make it an excellent off-road vehicle. Compared to previous Ford SUVs, this model’s track is wide by 50mm, while its wheels have been pushed further out on each corner for improved bush-traversing performance. Additionally, it has a terrain management system that bears an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case. The case allows the SUV to negotiate obstacles more securely. Lastly, the car has six drive modes to choose from, e.g., Normal, Eco, Tow/Haul, Slippery, Mud/Ruts, and Sand. If you want to use this SUV for off-road purposes, it would be best to choose Mud/Rats or Sand.
16. 2021 Isuzu MU-X
This model is the best for people who value safety in a car. The SUV has several safety features, but we will discuss a few. One of them is the Autonomous Emergency Braking feature. If the SUV senses that a collision may occur, it automatically applies emergency braking. Another notable safety feature of the model is Misacceleration Mitigation. It is not uncommon for people to accidentally step on the gas pedal. Depending on where they are, they are likely to cause accidents due to accidental acceleration. According to Dobbs, accidental acceleration accounts for 90% of accidents. To minimize accidents from accidental acceleration, the feature uses cameras. If the feature detects a potential collision, it suppresses the accelerator.
15. 2022 Nissan Terra
If you want a mid-size SUV with a sophisticated infotainment system, look no further than this model. Its 9-inch touchscreen infotainment comes with wireless Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. The system in this Nissan model is easier to use than in other models. Its ease of use is due to its tablet-like ergonomics and faster processing speed, enabling you to navigate through each menu. Sometimes you may drive in a region with poor or no network coverage. To make matters worse, you may be lost. That means you will be unable to use Google Maps or Waze to find your way. Fortunately, the car has a built-in sat-nav which can point you in the right direction.
14. 2020 Land Rover Defender
This SUV is one of the best ones for towing. It can tow up to 8,201 lbs, which is equivalent to the weight of a flatbed truck. The car’s strong towing capacity is due to its standard 3.0L supercharged V6 gasoline engine that delivers 340 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque. Another factor contributing to the SUV’s high towing capacity is its 8-speed automatic transmission. To make towing easier, the model is equipped with various towing features. One example of such a feature is All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC). ATPC allows the driver to focus on control and steering instead of speed by maintaining a set speed and maximizing traction. The other feature is Dynamic Stability Control and Electronic Power Assisted Steering. This feature keeps your car stable by reducing skids that may occur while towing. It achieves that by controlling engine output and applying brakes.
13. 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
One of the safety systems you will appreciate in this model is Distronic Plus. Distronic Plus is an advanced adaptive cruise control system from Mercedes that automatically accelerates, brakes, and maintains a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. You can configure the system to maintain a certain set distance between yourself and a vehicle ahead of you. Whether the vehicle slows down or speeds up, the car will match it up to the preset speed while also preventing a collision.
12. Ford Edge
You can think of this car as a mini house because it has everything you need. First, it has an AC power outlet rated at 110 volts and 150 watts. At the center is a wireless charging pad that eliminates excessive cables and wires from the cockpit. Next, it has bright LED lights that illuminate various corners of the car. Lastly, it has 8 cup holders, which means you will never lack a place to place your drink. Another selling point for this SUV is the Personal Safety System. In case of an accident, the system immediately calls for assistance from local authorities and personnel.
11. 2019 GMC Acadia
A standard feature you will enjoy in this model is tri-zone auto climate control. This feature lets you control the car’s temperature in three zones; driver, passenger, and rear. In older air conditioning systems, you could only set the same temperature for everyone else. A problem would arise whereby someone finds a certain temperature cool while another finds it too cold.
Therefore, this car’s climate control feature accommodates each person’s preferred temperature level. Another standard feature of this SUV is the rear-seat reminder safety-alert system. This system alerts the driver to check the backseat before leaving. It is quite common for drivers to leave behind their pets and animals. If left in the car for too long, they may suffer from the excess heat in cars. According to KBB, 38 children and hundreds of pets die from hot car deaths. This car is thus ideal for those with children and pets.
10. 2022 Subaru Ascent
This car is equipped with a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that cranks out 260 HP and 277 lb-ft of torque. The power levels give the SUV a good amount of kick. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds, even when it is full of cargo and passengers. The car is equipped with a safety technology called EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. Under this technology, there are safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, and pre-collision braking.
9. 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Compared to most of its 4WD rivals, this SUV stands out in terms of safety. Its standard safety features include bi-xenon headlamps, keyless entry, reverse parking camera sensors, and seven airbags. As a result, the model has a 5-star ANCAP rating. If you opt for the Limited model, you will have additional features like auto-dimming mirrors, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and full-speed collision warning.
8. 2022 Dodge Durango
This is another SUV model to consider if you need a car with a strong towing capacity. Its standard V6 engine can handle up to 6,200 lbs. Other engines you can consider when you need more towing strengths are the 5.7-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8, which tow up to 7,400 lbs and 8,700 lbs, respectively. Although it is not built for off-road use, it does surprisingly well off the path. Most models of this brand have all-wheel drive and low-range gearing to help you navigate tricky paths. If you need the off-road version of this model, consider the SRT 392.
7. 2022 Honda Pilot
This SUV has a remarkable cargo space. With a cargo space of about 84 cubic feet, there is plenty of space to accommodate furniture, bicycles, and other bulky items. Additionally, you can create more cargo space by folding the seats down. Another quality to admire about this car is its driver-assist feature called Honda Sensing. The feature includes safety systems such as lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation.
6. 2022 Volkswagen Atlas
The Atlas comes with one of two engines- a 235-hp four-cylinder or a 276-hp V6. Both pair with an 8-speed transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The V6 engine feels and sounds refined and responds effectively to steering inputs. On the other hand, the four-cylinder has a better fuel economy than the V6 engine with the front-wheel drive variant. It has scoring ratings of 21 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, while the V6 has scoring ratings of 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
5. 2014 Lexus GX 460
This car has several standard safety features that would usually be optional in some cars. These safety features are hill start assist, antilock brakes, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and traction and stability control. Optional features that you can consider for this model are frontal collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.
4. 2022 Kia Sorento
Previous Kia models were not engaging to drive until this one came along. When you drive this model, you will enjoy its sharper handling, which means you can use it on twisty roads. You can activate the Sport Mode feature to give the steering a firmer feel. Its firm feel will give you a greater sense of control. Another great feature of the model is its excellent infotainment unit. It has a standard 8.0-inch touch display that displays sharp graphics.
3. 2022 Toyota Highlander
This SUV is one of the best ones in terms of handling. You can opt for the available torque-vectoring AWD system that provides traction by supplying power to individual rear wheels. Additionally, you can opt for the adaptive suspension, which makes handling slightly better. Besides making handling easy, the model’s suspension offers comfortable rides. It quickly dispatches large and small bumps without feeling floaty on the highway.
2. 2022 Nissan Murano
If you are a music enthusiast, you will appreciate the SUV’s Bose premium sound system. It consists of dual subwoofers and 11 speakers. The sound system is sensitive to speed. When you accelerate, there will be increased noise from the road and wind. Luckily, the sound system increases the volume so that you still hear the music. It only lowers the volume when you slow down.
1. 2022 Chevrolet Blazer
This is an SUV that is good in terms of providing safety. The car has seven standard airbags, a tire-pressure monitor, and a rear-vision camera. As for the car’s driver-assist technology, it has features like Rear Park Assist, Lane-Change Alert with Side Blind-Zone Alert, and Lane-Keeping Assist.