During my brief time behind the wheel of the FJ Cruiser, I decided to venture to Target in one of the busiest areas in Ann Arbor. Not a good decision. The FJ is not meant for small spaces or the tight maneuvers required in a parking lot or narrow city street. Its wide body, insufficient rear-view mirrors, and poor visibility give it a significant disadvantage when compared with similar SUVs. Toyota's own 4Runner can conquer the same off-road tasks, has similar on-road manners, and has far less compromised visibility and maneuverability. It also has far less divisive styling and offers four full-size traditional doors. Better still, maybe Toyota should produce a Wrangler Unlimited-sized FJ. Its cute, Tonka Toy styling would suit a smaller vehicle and provide some competition to Jeep's king of the hill.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor