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Toyota unveiled the FJ Cruiser for the 2007 model year, cashing in on the retro theme played out on other crossovers and SUVs — but underpinning it with real truck toughness. Built on the 4Runner architecture, with a shortened floorpan, the FJ Cruiser's standard (and only) engine is the same 4.0-liter aluminum-block V-6 with variable valve timing that's offered in the 4Runner, Tundra, and Tacoma . Here it makes 239 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. The engine's mated to either a five-speed automatic transmission (again shared with the 4Runner) or a six-speed manual transmission exclusive to the FJ.

 

Retro-coolness, off-roading, and practicality don’t come together as well in any other vehicle as they do in the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser.

For 2007, Toyota bumped up the off-road credentials of the FJ with a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) off-road package. The package included Bilstein off-road shocks designed to reduce brake dive and squat as well as enhance straight line stability, TRD-specific 16-inch rims with BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, an all-black exterior paint scheme and TRD performance exhaust and rock rails.

 

Alternately, the more luxurious FJs with the optional Special Edition package were equipped with seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags and a multi-informational display that includes compass, inclinometer and temperature gauge. The Special Edition package also included a two-in-one AM/FM audio and six-disc CD changer, quick shifter (manual transmission models only), and all-weather front and rear cargo floor mats with a TRD logo.

 

For 2008, the FJ Cruiser adds a handful of new standard gear, including an anti-theft system, an illuminated entry system, curtain airbags for both rows of seats, and sun visors with vanity mirrors. This year, base prices range from $22,545 for the 2WD automatic to $24,135 for the 4WD automatic.


 

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