2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Matt Tierney

Yes, the FJ Cruiser is quite old, but it's a rare gem as one of the few Toyota product with passion infused in the design and engineering. With the Trail Teams package, this FJ Cruiser looks the part even more by ditching the roof rack, white roof, and Crayola paint color for a very military-like monotone tan paint job. And even though those beadlocker wheels are frauds, they look far more at home on this off-roader than the standard seventeen-inch wheels.

I disagree with Rusty's assessment that the FJ Cruiser delivers a rough ride. While it's no Porsche Cayman, the road manners are suitable for a daily driven vehicle. That Toyota has allowed the sizeable amount of travel between the wheels and body comes by design. Shy of installing active dampers or air springs, you're probably not going to find anything more confident on the road and more capable on the trail. Rumors (strongly) suggest that the FJ Cruiser will be dead soon. I can imagine Toyota has little incentive to keep it around as it sells in so few markets and less than 7000 have been sold in the first five months of 2010. For off-road enthusiasts who don't own one yet, though, a modern FJ would be a great vehicle to own. Not only is it something cool to park in your driveway today, I expect it will only become more desirable after production ends.
Eric Tingwall

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