A Quick Look at the Toyota FJ Cruiser
There are a few Toyota models that were quite popular in the middle 2000s and into the early part of the current decade that have, for one reason or another, been discontinued in recent years. These cars are still valuable on the secondary market, though, especially since they still feature many of the innovative upgrades Toyota made available during that time period. For those interested in a serious SUV for serious outdoor play, the Toyota FJ Cruiser dominated the time period.
Vehicle Overview Content for Toyota FJ Cruiser
The FJ Cruiser was based on the earlier Toyota Land Cruiser, but with some notable changes. It sports a retro styling that looks familiar to old school SUV fans, but the sportier, stronger performance it brings is reminiscent of larger SUVs from the past and high-powered mid-sized SUVs from the current generation. Here’s what its stats and features looked like:
• 9.6 inches of ground clearance in the 4X4 model
• 8 inches (front) and 9 in back of suspension travel
• Body on frame truck style chassis design
• 239 horsepower at 5200 RPM
• 5 or 6 speed automatic transmission, depending on model
• Five star front end collision ratings
• Side curtain airbags and front side torso airbags available
These features are only part of the story. The other big part is the way the design team brought together some of the top recruits from across the industry, including big names from Chrysler Dodge, and then infused their ideas with traditional Toyota overtures from popular designs like the Land Cruiser and the 4Runner to create a unique driving experience for SUV fans.
The FJ Cruiser was discontinued in 2014, with the company citing declining sales. Midsize SUVs were a shrinking marketplace for some time leading up to this, but many FJ Cruiser models are still available on the secondary market.