Browse through the entire lineup of Toyota models and you’ll notice that the FJ Cruiser is the only that looks completely out of place. Before you start questioning Toyota’s rationale for giving the FJ Cruiser a retro look, understand that there’s a reason behind that. The model is actually inspired by the iconic FJ40 4x4 utility vehicle that sold in the U.S. from 1960 to 1983, so that explanation fits why the FJ Cruiser looks the way it does.
If being different is what the FJ Cruiser is going for, then Toyota certainly hit this one out of the park. But the real question is if being "different" means that the FJ Cruiser is a good purchase relative to the kind of off-road vehicles it’s been slotted against.
Whatever the case may be, what we can all agree on is that the FJ Cruiser is definitely a good conversation piece.
Find out what we think of the FJ Cruiser after the jump
Jay Leno usually reviews some of the most extreme sports cars out there, but this time, he opted for something completely different. Jonathan More stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage to show Jay his re-imagined Toyota workhorse and together they shed some light on this bad boy.
The ICON FJ-44 is a replica of the traditional Toyota FJ-44 that ICON created in hopes of doing the original justice. The FJ-44 was designed and constructed from the ground up and features a powdercoated aluminum body powered by a General Motors sourced LS-Series V8 engine that delivers a total of 420 HP. For the lack of features, this car comes in at a whopping $160,000?
Check out Leno’s review and find out what he has to say of this Toyota FJ-44 replica, but keep in mind, Leno is certainly not an off-road type of guy.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a pretty unique - and paradoxical - car in its own right. It’s an off-roader that actually looks polished. It’s got great performance credentials yet you always feel that it could do much better.
The best part of the FJ Cruiser is that it always seems to be ripe for customization. At the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, that’s exactly what were going to get when Toyota and TRD present their latest FJ mash-up, called the FJ-S Cruiser Concept.
The folks from Toyota are all excited about TRD’s latest creation, particularly the company’s national manager of engagement marketing and motorsports, Keith Dahl, who said: "TRD’s work on high-performance off-road variants of Toyota vehicles goes back a number of years. The FJ-S is a great example of their off-road expertise."
It’s a little curious when you hear that TRD actually upgraded the FJ-S Cruiser Concept’s chassis and body structure by adding what they’re calling an "exoskeleton," especially when you consider how already imposing the stock model is. But with the upgrades, Toyota now has even more room to work on the off-roader’s suspension and wheel/tire set-ups.
Aesthetically, the FJ-S Cruised Concept received a boatload of new modifications, including a new front nudge bar, rock rails, and a cat-back exhaust. Inside, the FJ-S Cruiser Concept was create to a two-tone leather interior with matching FJ-S logos on the headrests.
Under its hood, the FJ-S Cruiser Concept’s 4.0-liter V6 engine was given a TRD supercharger system with a Twin Vortex System and a large air-to-water intercooler. All this nets the off-roader with an increased output of 345 horsepower and 345 lb/ft of torque, numbers that represent a 30% and 25% increase from the stock model.
UPDATE 11/01/12: More official photos of the Toyota FJ-S Cruiser Concept by TRD have been released by Toyota. Check them all out in the gallery below!
When it comes to off-road trucks, it seems everyone’s first choice is a Jeep vehicle. However, Toyota ’s FJ Cruiser is also a very good choice, especially if you take under consideration the Trail Teams Special Edition. For 2012, this special edition will be available in an exclusive Radian Red exterior paint with black painted door handles, bumpers, and front grille.
The interior features the same red paint combined with water resistant seats, a rubber floor, and rear deck. The list of standard equipment includes: a multi-information display, remote keyless entry, cruise control, 12V/100W and 115V/400W outlets, a back-up camera integrated into the rear view mirror and the final touch, a Trail Team badge.
Under the hood, the FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Special Edition features a 4.0 liter V6 engine with an output of 260 HP. The engine is combined with Bilstein shocks, TRD wheels with BFG All-Terrain tires, rock rails, skid plates, fuel tank, transfer case, a rear differential lock and Toyota’s A-TRAC traction control system.
When we are looking for a sport utility vehicle that can negotiate the urban jungle as well as the real jungle, the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser TRD (Toyota Racing Development) is an outstanding option. This descendant of rugged Toyota off roaders is no longer a one trick pony and has added urban practicality to its impressive off road reputation. Toyota has made the FJ Cruiser TRD a utilitarian option that can do both jobs supremely well whether it is navigating the parking lot at the supermarket or crawling over a sand dune in the Sahara.
Of the different versions and options offered for the vehicle, we picked the the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser with the TRD package because it offers quite the bang for your buck ($33,461). For that price, we got a genuinely brilliant off roader that can seat five adults, but more importantly, receives a sportier feel with TRD 16-in. 6-spoke alloy wheels and hefty BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires. Then there’s the TRD-developed, high-speed–tuned Bilstein shocks for extra support.
The FJ is a relative newcomer to the market (introduced in 2006) . Now, the FJ is aiming to tackle the suburbs as well the trail. Let’s see if the FJ can truly be the best of both worlds.
Toyota today announced prices for the 2010 line-up, including Avalon, Yaris, Highlander, FJ Cruiser, Rav4 and Tacoma. All cars will go on sale in August, with the exception of Highlander (September).
The 2010 FJ Cruiser will come with dual VVT-i and roller rocker arms on the 4.0-liter V6, which add 19 hp and a one mpg increase. Prices will range from $23,680 for the 2WD automatic to $25,270 for the 4WD automatic.
The RAV4 will go on sale with prices ranging from $21,500 for the base model 2WD four-cylinder to $27,810 for the 4WD Limited V6. The base MSRP for the 2010 Highlander ranges from $25,705 for the base four-cylinder 2WD to $41,020 for the Limited 4WD hybrid model.
For the 2010 Avalon prices will range from $27,945 for the XL to $35,285 for the Limited. Tacoma’s prices will range from $15,170 for the Regular Cab with a five-speed manual transmission to $27,075 for the V6 4x4 Double Cab Long Bed with a five-speed automatic transmission. And finally Yaris’s rpices will range from $12,355 for the three-door model with manual transmission, to $13,915 for the four-door sedan with an automatic transmission.
Toyota and the racing legend Ivan "Ironman" Stewart are working on a new special edition that will be offered for Tundra, Tacoma and FJ Cruiser: the Ironman editions. This special edition will go on sale later this summer and pricing for this special package will be between $8000-$20.000.
The Tundra Ironaman edition is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 that delivers 504 hp @ 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 550 lbs-ft @ 4,000 rpm. It also adds a a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust, tuned Bilstein shocks, Hella light bar, Hurst pistol-grip shifter, 20-inch General tires and Alcoa alloy wheels.
The Tacoma/FJ Cruiser Ironman Edition are powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 that delivers 304 @ 5,400 rpm and a peak torque of 334 lbs-ft @ 3,600 rpm.
There are different levels of customization for all three vehicles; the supercharger comes at the top end of the scale. All trim levels will feature upgraded performance pieces, but mostly for on-road use.
Since the Ironman-edition trucks are not sold directly by Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., dealers are being contacted by Halo representatives. Initial sign-up requires buying two pallets of parts each for the Tundra, Tacoma and FJ Cruiser, said Halo CEO Don DiCostanzo.
DiCostanzo hopes to sell 500 Ironman packages in 2008 and ramp up to between 5,000 and 10,000 units in 2009. The first dealership to sign up with Halo was Toyota of Escondido, near San Diego.
Toyota announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) today for the all-new 2009 Corolla and Matrix, along with the 2008 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Special Edition. The Corolla base MSRP will range from $15,250 to $19,950 while the Matrix will range from $16,190 to $21,850. MSRPs do not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $660. Both models will begin arriving at dealerships next month.
Following the success of the FJ Cruiser TRD limited edition, Toyota is pleased to introduce the FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Edition. White roof and body with black trim pieces sets this FJ apart from the rest.
Thinking about summer driving pleasures, Newport Convertible Engineering in Placentia, California chopped the top of the Toyota FJ Cruiser . How a Convertible SUV does sounds to you? Convertible conversion give Toyota FJ Cruiser owners a power-operated soft top in place of the standard steel roof, but it also eliminates the Toyota FJ’s giant C-pillar that creates a huge blind spot for the driver and makes back seat passengers feel claustrophobic. If you want to chop your FJ (...) More