2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser

I don't think I've ever been so tempted to go off-roading as I was in this FJ Cruiser. I actually drove over some grass patches in my apartment complex just to get it out of my system. Some six years since its initial introduction as a concept, the FJ still grabs your attention with its outsized, retro design and cute, yet tough details like the over sized, ribbed subwoofer in the trunk.

On the road, where I spent most--OK, all of--my time, the FJ comports itself surprisingly well. Its big 4.0-liter V-6 provides enough torque that I was caught a bit off guard when I nailed the throttle out of a stoplight, and ride quality is perfectly livable. As Evan noted, the FJ's civility makes the FJ worthy of consideration for folks who aren't hardcore off roaders, but still want a cool, useful everyday truck.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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