Few vehicles merge retro and modern styling as flawlessly as the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Combining the appearance of a vintage 1960s-era FJ40 with contemporary nods from the Land Cruiser and 4Runner – amid a Mini Cooper-resembling edge – the FJ Cruiser is undeniably a multi-faceted SUV.
There are precious few choices for serious off-road enthusiasts who want to be fashion-conscious and stylish. However, the FJ Cruiser offers retro-chic style with unique, rough, and superb off-roading ability in an additionally solid, convenient package than most affordable SUVs.
Toyota, which based the FJ Cruiser on the Land Cruiser Prado platform, put the SUV on the market in early 2006 as a 2007 model. It was not the Japanese carmaker’s original intention to produce an off-road sports utility vehicle but, due to massive consumer response, started manufacturing the FJ Cruiser early in 2006. It started winning awards soon thereafter.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rewarded the Toyota FJ Cruiser as its “Top Safety Pick.” The IIHS gave the FJ Cruiser a “Good” overall rating in both the front- and side-impacts analyses as well as a “Good” score in all 14 calculated categories. IntelliChoice honored the Toyota FJ Cruiser with its “Best Overall Value of the Year” award in the mid-size SUV category in 2010.
A limited-production Toyota Racing Department (TRD) Special Edition FJ Cruiser, which incorporates such effects as a TRD air filter, TRD performance exhaust, rock rails, TRD badges and advanced suspension components, was manufactured recently. The special edition Toyota FJ Cruiser features mechanical options to coordinate the active traction control with the locking differential to allow the FJ Cruiser to mange tough, off-road terrain. A bolt-on supercharger kit, salvage parts and other car accessories are optional for the Special Edition FJ Cruiser.
Toyota created the FJ Cruiser for modification. Purchasing genuine Toyota used parts for this prize-winning off-road SUV is a much better choice than cheap auto parts that may not fit and definitely detract from the FJ Cruiser’s sharp retro design. Using car parts online from a reliable supplier like All-Import Auto Parts will show admirers how much the owner truly appreciates his pride and joy.