My fiancée and I love the FJ Cruiser, but for completely different reasons. She's smitten with the visual throwback to the FJ45 (especially when painted in that bright blue), but I'm more impressed with the solid, capable chassis underneath.
Thankfully, for cosmetic conservatives like myself, the 4Runner proves to be a saving grace. As others have mentioned, the chassis underneath this all-new 4Runner is pretty similar to the FJ (and the Lexus GX), but is somewhat longer, stiffer, and wrapped in a more practical (and in my mind, tasteful) body shell.
The interior is equally attractive, and, with few exceptions, well arranged. I love how designers thought it important enough to place the iPod jack and power outlet inside the locking glovebox, but I'm a little puzzled by the traction control switches mounted on the overhead console.
I loved the original 4Runners for being an inexpensive body-on-frame SUV with impressive off-road chops. While I'm glad Toyota is sticking with the rough, tough, body-on-frame mantra, the 4Runner is far from cheap. I'm glad even the least expensive SR5 model has at least some off-road prowess, as the hardcore Trail model -- which throws in a locking rear diff, crawl control, and Toyota's kinetic suspension -- pushes the price tag closer to $40,000. Yikes.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer