The Toyota FJ Cruiser is one of the top performing off-road SUVs in its class. In addition to available four-wheel drive, the Toyota FJ Cruiser can be equipped with a two-speed transfer case, a locking rear differential, Bilstein shocks, all-terrain tires, and even a manual transmission. In this article we will overview some tips that will help you get the most out of your Toyota FJ Cruiser’s impressive off-road capabilities.
Read Your Owner’s Manual
The Toyota FJ Cruiser comes with a range of features that are easy to learn how to operate. Knowing how to adjust the traction control system and gearing will help you to be a safe and effective off-road driver.
Adopt the Right Grip
A tight grip will wear you out and increase your stress during off-road driving. Instead, adopt a relaxed grip and an upright seating position, with your thumbs away from the center part of the steering wheel. When you’re not using your left foot, keep it resting on the Toyota FJ Cruiser’s footrest.
Know Your Vehicle’s Limits
Your Toyota FJ Cruiser’s ground clearance, approach angle, break-over angle, and departure angle dictate its ability to climb over an obstacle without scraping the front, middle, or rear part of the chassis. Become familiar with these measurements to be a safer and more effective off-road driver.
Use the Gears to Your Advantage
The Toyota FJ Cruiser gives you superb control over the gearing. Choose a lower gear before you think you need it. This gives the Toyota FJ Cruiser the best traction and throttle control, and reduces the need to use the brakes. Try to keep the RPMs between 1,800 and 2,200.
For more tips on driving your Toyota FJ Cruiser off-road, visit Jerry’s Toyota of Baltimore. The experts at our Toyota dealership will be happy to give you pointers. For more information about the Toyota FJ Cruiser or to setup a service appointment to have your FJ Cruiser maintained, call us at (888) 714-6153 or visit our website.