What a fun vehicle. The FJ Cruiser fits in my personal, "I would never buy, but it's sure fun to drive", category. The history behind this off-road machine starts way before my date of birth, so any comparisons to the original FJ go out the window for me. Speaking of windows, the front windshield is angled at what seems like 90 degrees to the hood; and the roofline stretches way over the front seats making stoplights and other overhead objects difficult to see without leaning forward.
Driving the FJ Cruiser is less of a chore than I thought it would be. Looking at it from the outside I imagined a harsh ride with lots of wind noise, but it had neither. In fact, at times on the highway I glanced down to see I was traveling at 80 mph with ease. No way did I think I was going that fast. The 4.0L V-6 stays decently quiet too; and as Eric Tingwall noted, the suspension is comfortable enough for long trips.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator