The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a mid-size SUV introduced as a concept vehicle at the 2003 North American International Auto Show. The intention was to reinvent the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 that was discontinued in 1984. The new Toyota FJ Cruiser modernized the outdated SUV style with a bold retro theme. Positive consumer response helped this unique vehicle reach production by 2006 but has since ended in North American markets. The Toyota FJ Cruiser is still in production in Japan and some international markets.
Defining features of the Toyota FJ Cruiser
Thankfully, there are still opportunities to find a Toyota FJ Cruiser for sale. This SUV has maintained the reputable yet rugged off-road capabilities that sparked the inspiration. With a 4x4 wheelbase and a 24 cm ground clearance, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is a capable off-road machine. The mid-size dimensions also added strength compared to the Toyota RAV4 while not being as cumbersome as the larger Toyota Highlander. Some drivers note that the large boxy body creates significant blind spots, and the softer suspension intended for extreme off-roading makes the vehicle less smooth on city roads.
Toyota FJ Cruiser options and editions
The 4x4 standard Toyota FJ Cruiser was offered with a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Subsequently, an automatic rear-wheel drive option was available in specific markets. During its run, the Toyota FJ Cruiser received a few model upgrades. The 2007 Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Special Edition boosted the SUV’s off-road prowess with rock rails and improved suspension. The later Trails Teams Special Edition received a similar treatment. While the 2014 Trail Teams Ultimate Edition was the final year of production, it boasted further upgrades.
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