Toyota Favorites: FJ Cruiser


One of the most distinctively styled mid-sized SUVs on the road today, the Toyota FJ Cruiser surprises many people with its combination of great off-road capabilities and comfortable on-road driving characteristics. Strongly styled after the original FJ40, more commonly known as the Toyota Land Cruiser, the FJ brings a bit of classic flair along with its retro-modern styling.  Easily recognized by its two-tone paint job and distinctive (nearly vertical) front windshield, this two-door SUV has developed an almost cult-like following among its fans. While its styling is undeniably polarizing (you either love or hate it), its capabilities on and off the road are facts that nobody can deny.  From its three front windshield wipers designed to get better coverage of the short and wide front windshield, to the short leading and following overhangs, the FJ is a purpose built vehicle. And that purpose is getting you over any terrain you can put it in.

The FJ has over 9 inches of ground clearance and can ford up to 27.5 inches of standing water. The optional roof rack on this SUV isn’t some decorative afterthought either.  The beefy crossmembers can hold about anything you can get up there, including a special tent that sleeps 2 – 4 adults! Getting over rocks shouldn’t be a problem either. The FJ has a 4.0 liter, V6 that puts out 239 horsepower and more importantly, 278 lb-ft of torque at 3,700 RPM.  Putting this power to the ground is a 5-speed automatic, rear or part-time four wheel drive setup or a 6-speed manual all-time 4×4 drivetrain.

While you may be thinking that this rock crusher is a pain on the highway, I can assure you that it does pretty well. Among its competition, it has some of the best road manners and is quite comfortable! If you are interested in finding out more, stop by Cumberland Toyota to check one out or look at our inventory online.

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