The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a reliable and powerful vehicle, capable of towing up to 5000 lbs. The maximum trailer weight applies at elevations up to 3280 feet (1000 m) above sea level. As the altitude increases, the engine power and, therefore, the climbing capacity of the car are affected due to the reduction in air density, so the maximum weight of the trailer must be reduced accordingly. Depending on the FJ Cruiser model you have, you can tow between 4700 and 5000 pounds.
Most FJ Cruiser models cross the 4700 pound threshold. With that said, let's take a look at how much weight the FJ Cruiser can carry and see what this vehicle has to offer in addition to reliability. Both the FJ Cruiser's 4WD and AWD base models have a 4700 towing capacity with brakes and an impressive 1,700 unbraked towing capacity. The weight of the car and trailer must be reduced by 10% for every additional 3280 feet (1000 m) (or part of them).
If you carry all your equipment in the trailer, you're sure to exceed the FJ Cruiser's 5000-pound towing capacity. Even if you feel pretty confident with your setup, towing a weight above your limit will cause additional wear and tear on your vehicle's engine that Toyota certainly didn't anticipate. The FJ Cruiser was designed for easy towing, if it doesn't come with a pre-installed hitch, it will certainly have rear tow hooks. Here are some examples of campers who can be safely towed behind an FJ Cruiser and that will help you start your adventure in a positive way.