2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
January 2, 2006

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Do you remember when you saw your first Honda Element out on the streets? You might think that the Toyota FJ Cruiser looks a little bit goofy in that same, oddly proportioned way. To the uninitiated, the FJ might look a little bit like the Element crossed with a Hummer H3, but take another long look at it and the FJ’s shape makes a lot of sense — it’s distinctive, fashionable, and functional at the same time, with just enough retro so that, if you squint hard enough, you might see the old 1960s-era Land Cruiser FJ40.

 

While Toyota of course made and imported cars as well through the ’60s, the automaker really built its name in the U.S. and other overseas markets with the FJ40. The early SUV model found fans throughout the world because of its simplicity, off-road ability, and decent (at least then) on-road ability. That, and it was more reliable than anything else at the time that could boast that level of off-road prowess.

 

Straight from concept to production

 

Toyota brought out a concept called the FJ Cruiser at the 2003 Detroit show. Here we are, not even three years later, and the FJ is an in-the-flesh production vehicle. What’s more not much at all has changed from concept to production. Kudos to the huge automaker for being able to rush a stellar product to production when it sees the market potential.

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