The FJ Cruiser isn't nearly as fun as a Jeep Wrangler, but it can still be quite enjoyable. On my commutes to and from the office, I took a gravel-road detour where I found some pretty big mud puddles. Yes, I enjoyed getting the FJ prepped for a possible photo shoot.
Dirt and grime, however, can't cover up the fact that the FJ has sloppy steering, a rough ride, poor body control, terrible outward visibility, and little usable cargo space. Worse yet, you can't comfortably drive with the windows open at speeds of more than 30 mph or so, lest you get blasted in the ear with wind. Whereas all Jeep Wranglers offer multiple options for open-roof driving, the new-age FJ offers none. This is a travesty, as we pointed out when we told the final story of our Four Seasons FJ Cruiser.
Bead-lock wheels?! I was excited when I first saw these on the FJ, but in fact they're fakes, and Toyota calls them "beadlock-style." You'd think they'd be real for the $6700 price of the Trail Teams option package.