2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition

2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition

July 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Toyota , Off-Road , Quick Spins Introduced at the end of 2006, this is the last year for the Toyota FJ Cruiser , the reincarnated FJ40-series Land Cruiser that will shortly journey to Takama-ga-hara , the Plain of High Heaven. In its first model year, we drove it to SEMA and found it, shall we say, coarse. It bobbled on the freeway and droned in the cabin, its boxy interior providing four bounce-boards for unpleasant frequencies. Tall mirrors helped one work around the eclipse of vision aft of the B-pillars, but navigating traffic required forethought and technique. Its turning circle was measured in kilometers. For the first two years of its life, it needed premium gas. It may have been fun to look at, but we couldn’t wait to get out of it. That’s not the case anymore, and now the FJ Cruiser is poised to join a long list of vehicles that got better and better, then got axed. Driving Notes The current FJ is rugged, and surprisingly it’s not really all that coarse dynamically. We drove into the California desert, spent nearly a week playing around off-road, drove it back and then did a lazy Sunday drive to Santa Barbara, all in amiable comfort.

Toyota delves into the history of its Land Cruiser

Toyota delves into the history of its Land Cruiser

September 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Classics , Convertible , SUV , Truck , Toyota , Police/Emergency , Military , UK , Off-Road , Read This One of the longest-produced, most widely distributed vehicles in all of automotive history is also one of its most rugged: the Toyota Land Cruiser . With 60 years of continuous production, 14 different model lines and thousands of variations of the Jeep-like sports utility vehicle, the Land Cruiser became a success worldwide and developed a cult following among enthusiasts here in the US. We’ll be the first to admit that tracing the vehicle’s lineage from its humble beginnings as a prototype for Japan’s National Police Reserve in 1951 to what it is today isn’t an easy task, especially when one considers that the types of Land Cruisers produced traditionally have varied from market to market. For example, the Land Cruiser sold in the US is very different from the US-only 40 series Land Cruiser-inspired FJ Cruiser , which is itself different from the Land Cruiser Prado sold in other world markets. To cover the Land Cruiser’s sixty-plus year history from start to present, someone over at Toyota UK was thoughtful enough to devote a plus-size blog post to it. It’s worth a read if you have a spare 10 or 15 minutes – and even if you don’t, you can check out our historical gallery above. Enjoy! Toyota delves into the history of its Land Cruiser originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 06 Sep 2013 08:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota discontinuing FJ Cruiser after 2014 model year

Toyota discontinuing FJ Cruiser after 2014 model year

August 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: SUV , Toyota The Toyota FJ Cruiser is not long for this world. According to the manufacturer’s own fleet website , the rugged FJ will be discontinued after the 2014 model year, with the companies final orders due in June of next year. Toyota first launched the FJ Cruiser in 2006 as a 2007 model, and aside from minor year-over-year changes, it has not been substantially updated. The FJ is the modern successor to the original FJ40 Land Cruiser that Toyota produced from the 1960s all the way up through 1984, when the automaker decided to better focus on its larger, four-door Land Cruiser line. Currently, it uses a 4.0-liter V6 engine with either rear- or four-wheel drive, and is available with either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Interestingly, word of the FJ’s demise comes not long after Toyota’s US boss, Bill Fay, reaffirmed his company’s commitment to body-on-frame trucks in late July. Also of interest, Toyota’s fleet website states that the 2014 model year Prius range will have “minor updates,” though it’s unclear what those are as of this writing. When Autoblog reached out to confirm these developments with Toyota, spokesman Curt McCallister reminded us, “As is our corporate policy, we don’t discuss future products beyond the present or upcoming model year.” Toyota discontinuing FJ Cruiser after 2014 model year originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota recalling FJ Cruiser due to excessively bright headlights

Toyota recalling FJ Cruiser due to excessively bright headlights

May 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: SUV , Recalls , Toyota Now, hold on. This recall isn’t quite as serious as it sounds. Yes, Toyota is recalling 11,489 FJ Cruiser models from the 2007 to 2013 model years, and yes, it’s because the vehicles, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states , “fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, ‘Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.’” But read the fine print and you’ll see the catch: This recall is only for vehicles fitted with the automaker’s auxiliary lighting kit that can be mounted to the front bumper. Basically, the auxiliary lamp assemblies use 55-watt bulbs, and when these are turned on in conjunction with the upper beam headlamps, it’s a pretty blinding sight. NHTSA states that excessively bright lights can blind other drivers, increasing the risk for a crash. To remedy the situation, Toyota will replace the 55-watt bulbs with cooler 35-watt units. The recall is expected to begin later this month. Scroll down for the full details in the NHTSA report. Continue reading Toyota recalling FJ Cruiser due to excessively bright headlights Toyota recalling FJ Cruiser due to excessively bright headlights originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 05 May 2013 11:12:00 EST.

Toyota FJ Cruiser takes to the rocks with new Trail Teams edition

Toyota FJ Cruiser takes to the rocks with new Trail Teams edition

September 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: SUV , Toyota , Off-Road With the Hummer long gone and the Land Rover Defender not even offered on this side of the Atlantic, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is one of those few vehicles (together with the Jeep Wrangler ) that looks the part of a real off-roader. But if you actually want to take it off road, the Trail Teams edition is the one you want. Available only in red with matching roof (unfortunately), the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams edition follows previous versions and packs a new set of Bilstein shocks, BF Goodrich off-road tires mounted on TRD wheels, a locking rear differential and skid plates to guard the engine, fuel tank and transfer case. A whole mess of optional extras – from keyless entry and cruise control to power outlets and back-up camera, are also fitted as standard. The standard 260-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 is also fitted with an extra air filter, and of course there are the requisite special badges to set this model apart. Check it out in the trio of high-res images for a closer look. Toyota FJ Cruiser takes to the rocks with new Trail Teams edition originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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