Comments - Off-Road Icons: Toyota FJ Cruiser

Published: Jul 26, 2012
Description: The Toyota FJ Cruiser might be a relatively new model, but decades of off-road experience went into the building of the retro-styled vehicle, and Toyota spared no expense in its development. It is an ...
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Jack Howard Jul 26, 2012
They are only on their 3rd article
Kent Sullivan Jul 26, 2012
Nick, me too man, I love my FJ
Nick Benz Jul 26, 2012
Ive been waiting for this article for ages!
Michael Page Jul 26, 2012
I hope the K-5 is coming
Cody Fullerton Jul 26, 2012
They skipped the Chevy Blazer...
Jordan Jackson Jul 26, 2012
Jeez, it's like being within seven moves of Kevin Bacon, they've all got their roots with the willy's jeep, lol
Patrick R. Manuel Jul 29, 2012
My dad had a lifted one of these in the 90s with a 383 stroker in it. He was at a red light in the straight lane and he wanted to be in the turn lane. He checked his mirrors and backed onto an old ladys windshield without knowing she was there.
Timothy Hooker Jul 26, 2012
black with chrome accents sans those ugly wheels would be some amazing eye candy.
David Pires-Ihsaan Jul 26, 2012
Best color for this car is tan... Its like making a yellow Bentley..
Brandon Willis Jul 26, 2012
Seriously... Wtf is this?? Whoever created this hideous contraption and disgrace to the criuser should be should be shot
Jordan Jackson Jul 26, 2012
How do you justify putting those wheels on this?
Miguel Jimenez Jul 26, 2012
I can't look it's hideous (the wheels)
Christian De Prisco Jul 26, 2012
Those wheels are hideous, should have off-road tyres
Description: The story begins in 1941, with the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. An American-made Willys Jeep was captured there, at the time a brand-new model. The captured vehicle was sent to Toyota, who we...
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Patrick R. Manuel Jul 29, 2012
That is the story.
Joshua Grant Robinson Jul 28, 2012
Ok carbuzz you've pissed me off!! That is not the story! Look it up and try again! Thanks for making a legendary and very humble vehicle look like a carbon copy!
David Liebe Hart Jul 27, 2012
This actually makes me not like Toyota as much
Jack Howard Jul 26, 2012
They were simply teyung to keep costs down
Trevor Butler Jul 26, 2012
Typical. I guess this is where Japan started building cars by blatantly copying the work of everyone else.
Miguel Jimenez Jul 26, 2012
After reading this I kind of lost respect for this truck.
Description: In 1950, the war in Korea meant that the US military needed to get Jeeps to Korea in a hurry, and it was ultimately decided that it would be easier to commission Toyota to build them under license and...
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Paul Lissona Jul 26, 2012
Haha yah really.
Zachary Maurer Jul 26, 2012
Nah I think Korea is closer to the u.s. =__=
Bijan Jahanpanah Jul 26, 2012
Oh look through cool aid man came in
John Serely Jul 26, 2012
Now that, I would drive!
Christian De Prisco Jul 26, 2012
That's what I am talkin'about
Joshua Grant Robinson Jul 28, 2012
Perfect example!
David Justice Jul 26, 2012
Nice! love the FJs
Joshua Grant Robinson Jul 28, 2012
Are those the turn Donald of a 70 series or a newer model? Oh and replace the spare before the photo shoot it looks neglected!
Turbo_geoduck Jul 28, 2012
mebbe its flotation device deployed.
Wyatt Gordon Jul 27, 2012
its a bit odd that there are cushions in it, but its a great car. stop nitpicking!
Christian De Prisco Jul 26, 2012
What's wrong with the windows? Bad photoshopping
Timothy Alexander Jul 26, 2012
Yeah, I usually completely fill my Land Cruiser with red cushions too.
Description: But since Studebaker was discontinuing the model that year, and there was little chance that anyone would confuse the two vehicles, nobody made a fuss over it. The Land Cruiser would become one of the...
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Description: The construction was still body-on-frame, and it was still a highly capable vehicle, but the public (in the US at least) no longer thought of it as a true off-roader. To that end, Toyota built the FJ ...
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Jeremy Siebert Jul 28, 2012
every vehicle has blind spots, & the blind spots in an FJC r larger than most, thanks to those barn-sized C pillars... If you're driving w/out looking over your shoulder when changing lanes, you're doing it wrong. And don't forget to signal.
Ghaith AL-sharari Jul 26, 2012
My brother has one and it is really great and affordable
Nick Benz Jul 26, 2012
@kent completely agree. Ive gotten so used to using the mirrors that i dont ever look out of the back window of any car i drive. Just move the mirrors.
Michael Page Jul 26, 2012
to see the light. I love my jku, but I have to admit, you can't see behind it driving in reverse.
Michael Page Jul 26, 2012
@kent. Don't get me wrong, the FJ is an awesome beast. When I drove one if felt so stable yet somehow felt so light. But I found that every time I was near to being the first car behind a red light I had to bend down.
Kent Sullivan Jul 26, 2012
Believe me, I have and love my FJ, there are no real visibility problems. Though I gotta admit I never use my sun visor
Zachary Maurer Jul 26, 2012
As I believe the c pillar is like "mega pillar" and it's like the cameros a pillar
Michael Page Jul 26, 2012
No, I think he meant the flat front windshield. It's flat and low, and you sit a ways back, it makes seeing traffic lights hard...but you never have to use the visor.
Kent Sullivan Jul 26, 2012
There are no visibility problems in the FJ, only people that don't know how to properly adjust their mirrors.
Patrick R. Manuel Jul 29, 2012
My stepdad has an 08. He's got big tires on it, he needs to lift it cause the tires rub.
Jeremy Siebert Jul 28, 2012
@Paul, there is NO metal in the rear bumper of a 2007-2013 Wrangler...except the small brackets and bolts that hold it to the frame. Whole bumper probably doesn't weigh 10 pounds. Replaced one already and have a spare in my garage...
Esam Mohammad Jul 27, 2012
For me .. I like and respect the FJ
Kyle Kloewer Jul 27, 2012
Well the old ones are
Kyle Kloewer Jul 27, 2012
They made the new generation for Arnold swarzneggar or however that's spelled to fit in it. Since the old one was too plucky and little for him haha how is this an offroad icon
Paul Lissona Jul 26, 2012
No actually the wrangler has a partly black metal back bumper.
Paul Roberts Jul 26, 2012
It's not good. It has great potential but it's not being used. If I got one I word replace it all with after market gear
Nick Benz Jul 26, 2012
Toyota chose to put plastic everywhere because when you go offroad and smash up the pieces, they are easy to replace. Or you just buy aftermarket bumpers, sliders, etc.
Greg Lewis Jul 26, 2012
The evolution was not kind to the FJ...
John Serely Jul 26, 2012
@kent ya, but the wrangler looks good with it, in Ike this lol
Jordan Jackson Jul 26, 2012
I hate these... Then again, I hate Toyota, too,lol
Kent Sullivan Jul 26, 2012
There's just as much plastic on the new wranglers. Just sayin
Thomas Trudzinski Jul 26, 2012
Too much plastic...
David Liebe Hart Jul 29, 2012
Good angle, slick color
Tomas Arango Ferreira Jul 29, 2012
So beautiful yet so ugly.......im confused
Jeremy Siebert Jul 28, 2012
@Nick, that's not very specific...BFG & Goodyear build tires that I would NEVER put on an offroad rig. Even Goodyear Wranglers are available in piss-pour street treads
Nick Benz Jul 26, 2012
Nitto mud grapplers are shit. Get some BFGs or at least goodyear wranglers
David Pires-Ihsaan Jul 26, 2012
Now imagine all in black with a 4-inch lift and mud grappler tires..
John Serely Jul 26, 2012
This with a white top or that tan color with white top is my favorite color combo
Lead Peddalin Jul 26, 2012
These are much better looking when the top matches the body color.
Steve Spade Jul 26, 2012
Isnt vanderstyne toyota in rochester, ny?
Kent Sullivan Jul 26, 2012
Pier, it's not a land cruiser
Nick Pietropaolo Jul 26, 2012
that's the dealership near me...weird
Piervittorio Tucci Jul 26, 2012
Imo this is the worst looking land cruiser ever
Description: There is a limited-run TRD special edition produced every year, but this doesn't offer much in the way of increased off-road handling enhancement. In the early days of development, the vehicle wa...
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Nick Benz Jul 26, 2012
The TRD was only made in 2007. The special editions after that are called Trail Teams from '08,'10,'11 and '12
Jordan Jackson Jul 26, 2012
RYU huh, street fighter anyone? Lol
Description: Thankfully, reason won out with a design by an actual young person, 24-year-old Jin Won Kim, which gave us the retro off-roader we have now. But don't think the FJ Cruiser is all a marketing ploy...
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Jeremy Siebert Jul 28, 2012
Well, that might be true, but when offroad I don't really care about horsepower, torque is king....and you can never have too much torque.
Lee Gardner Jul 27, 2012
You can never have too much horsepower
Zachary Maurer Jul 26, 2012
I think the v8 would have too much hp to torque for off roading
Joshua Minh Tran Jul 26, 2012
For some reason those always reminded me of a Lego Jeep
Jordan Jackson Jul 26, 2012
Just like with the wrangler, the should have made it a 5.7L iForce V8 option
Kevin Rehbock Jul 26, 2012
It was also a good thing to still offer this with a stick shift in the States. Maybe I'll check one out soon.
Jeremy Siebert Jul 28, 2012
You make your Frontier look girly. Sorry, you made that too easy
Andrew Palmer Jul 27, 2012
I'd take either fj or jeep...one fanboy trashing on the other is weak sauce...saw an offload club last weekend staging(?) at a local parking lot...was strictly jeeps and fj's all modified....made my frontier look girlie...
Miguel Jimenez Jul 26, 2012
@Kent ya redneck can be pretty nasty sometimes.
John Serely Jul 26, 2012
And I was not trolling (nor was Patrick). I was just saying, I don't like stock FJs, but I've seen some badass modded ones. That being said, I still prefer wranglers
John Serely Jul 26, 2012
@kent I also hate red necks lol.
Patrick Schalk Jul 26, 2012
I hate red neck trash too. Those pesky rednecks. Yeah the FJ is more capable than say, a Corvette offroad. But Rubicon > FJ ALL day.
Kent Sullivan Jul 26, 2012
I do have fun with it, it's actually pretty damn capable offroad. It seems to me you have nothing better to do than troll. I'd just like to make it known that I'm not a fanboy of any-kind. I just hate red-neck trash that thinks their word is gospel
Patrick Schalk Jul 26, 2012
Haha Tara I doubt you've ever done any serious offroading so I won't take your comment too seriously. Kent I went crawling last weekend and didn't break anything. Like I said, IFS is crap. Have fun with it.
Miguel Jimenez Jul 26, 2012
@Trent admit it, the FJ (fake jeep) is a bad copy of a Jeep. @Tara that's a pickup truck.
John Serely Jul 26, 2012
@tara haha um no...nice try though
Tara Fitria Jul 26, 2012
...so your mullet can flap in the wind.
John Serely Jul 26, 2012
Also, I'd much rather be driving a jeep. No doors and no roof in a badass off roader, or driving a bright blue hot wheels-like car all covered up? I'll go with the wrangler
John Serely Jul 26, 2012
Haha kent it looks like your the fanboy, and a Toyota fanboy at that! Anyways, Jeeps are much much better then the FJ. At least the wrangler does not look like something a 5 year old would try and draw. Also, the FJ is a little too feminine for my tastes. They are not chicks cars for sure, but they are a little girly (when not modded).
Jordan Jackson Jul 26, 2012
Looks like the Toyota fanboys are out too...
Kent Sullivan Jul 26, 2012
Ahh and the jeep fanboy shows up. Hopefully I see you on the trails someday so I can laugh as you try to dig yourself out
Patrick Schalk Jul 26, 2012
A real offroader is a Rubicon. This is a soft roader. IFS for the loss.
Adam Wieland Jul 26, 2012
I've had a Wrangler and I currently have an FJ and I must say the FJ is 10 times better than the wrangler. The jeep was under powered and as unpractical as a truck can be. The FJ is a great car, aside from its gas mileage. Wouldn't change a thing
John Serely Jul 26, 2012
I really like these cars, but would take a jeep over one any day
Nick Benz Jul 27, 2012
Baja rack, ARB front, stock sliders. I had sway aways on my first FJ and they are absolutely worth saving up for. You'll love them. And i do recommend installing them yourself.
Kent Sullivan Jul 26, 2012
Metal tech sliders, demello evil eye front bumper, ATX Teflon wheels with BFG mud-terrains. I'm saving up for sway-away coilovers. You?
Nick Benz Jul 26, 2012
What do you have on yours kent?
Kent Sullivan Jul 26, 2012
All these pictures of stock FJ's, I should have submitted a pic of mine to show them what a modded one looks like
Description: Sales started out very strong, but the combination of economic meltdown and rising gas prices haven't been kind to the FJ Cruiser. Poor fuel economy, resulting from the 4.0-liter V6 which is the ...
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Patrick R. Manuel Jul 29, 2012
My stepdads gets 14-17. That's the same that my suburban gets.
Joshua Grant Robinson Jul 28, 2012
It's based on the Prado chassis sold elsewhere in the world! I personally would rather have seen it based on the 80 series. It would have been more traditional, though less versatile! I loved my independent Tacoma!
Paul Lissona Jul 28, 2012
I'd rather have a Tacoma yah.
Jordan Jackson Jul 26, 2012
These things are pretty much just a shorter Tacoma frame and motor with an ugly SUV body on it...
Stephen Wicoff Jul 26, 2012
For one thing, the 4.0 V6 recommends the use of premium gas. Secondly, the FJ costs a full 5k more than a Jeep. I think I'll go with the Jeep...
Jordan Jackson Jul 26, 2012
Yea, like they did before, lol
Michael Page Jul 26, 2012
I believe is what stopped sales of the FJ was the release of the pentastar in the wrangler. It has comparable HP and MPG's but yet jeep is selling truckloads now. Toyota should redesign using a removable top and solid front axle. Just copy jeep!
Wmg Chinchilla Jul 29, 2012
This is one of the only Toyota 's I've ever liked
Turbo_geoduck Jul 28, 2012
very nice color combo.
Miguel Jimenez Jul 26, 2012
This one doesn't look to bad.