What I had read was true. The gas mileage isn't great, there are blind spots, and the suicide doors are sometimes inconvenient. Still, I am absolutely in love with my FJ. It sits tall, handles extremely well on the highways, and is the most comfortable car I've ever driven. I live in Ohio, and we have gotten an unusual amount of snow this year. I'm never worried about getting stuck and feel extremely safe driving it.
4 Wheel Drive, excellent handling, still a "unique" SUV
The gas mileage leaves a lot to be desired, but it's worth it.