• Dec 28th 2005 at 12:30PM
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Autoblog's own Stuart Waterman hipped you to a cornucopia of info about Toyota's 2007 FJ Cruiser yesterday, and the quick-on-the-ball folks over at Edmund's Inside Line are the first on the ball with a road tes...errr, off-road test.

The basic gist of the piece is that the FJ isn't just a pretty retro face, it's a serious boulder-hopping piece of kit with an impressive driveline package. The off-road prowess and throwback design cues come with a price, however: day-to-day practicality. Of course, one might reasonably expect lousy rearward visibility from a vehicle sporting a c-pillar that looks as wide as the hood.  But the cramped rear quarters and limited access (despite the rear-hinged demi doors) will make life difficult for soccer mommies looking to brandish their Extreme Sports personality credentials at the supermarket.

(Video and more after the jump. Thanks to Edsel for the tip)

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks GM-ish. Mirrors that stand out like they were an after-thought, cheap overly exaggerated fender flares Z-71 package or something, H3 mixture of multicolored plastics and chrome. Except the interior is worse than anything GM has to offer currently. Early eighties Fiero-ish (again, GM styling though).

      But it's a Toyota so it will sell!!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's not supposed to be pretty, it's supposed to be capable. If you want a driveway ornament, buy a different vehicle. If you want an off-road vehicle capable of challenging the Wrangler (or at least securing second place) then the FJ makes sense. If your idea of "extreme driving" is driving to the mall in a light rain, then it doesn't.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Seem that this is a chopped down full size cruiser. I'd still choose a Rover if my main goal was offroad prowess..
      • 9 Years Ago
      This looks like NO other SUV, and it looks BETTER than any other SUV.

      It also performs better than any other SUV, will sell out fast
      • 9 Years Ago
      I love how every twit who gets shut down by another commenter calls upon the Bill of Rights ... as if recalling the Constitution actually made #6 look unpatriotic (heavens forbid). The rules of the comments section on this blog state, "Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry." It's not an insult to your rights as an American to ask you to do so. Talk to the webmaster if you take issue with technical flubs.

      That said, umm ... the FJ is strange-looking, uneccessary, and sadly, marketable. There, now I'm conforming to the comment rules.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I hope to see these off-road when I go to Sayersbrook or Rockport (in my Jeep). These "off-road" pics though don't really demonstrate capability (all-season tires, lots of pics with a wheel hanging in the air). With swaybar discos and proper meats and a lift I think it could be fun.

      Nothing wrong with the FJ Cruiser (and this is from a diehard Jeep guy).

      Of course, I don't see the family resemblence to the FJs of old. I've heard a lot of complaining about how it's too retro, and I don't see it. Again, not a bad thing.

      • 9 Years Ago
      ....And the award to the most unrelated post of the year goes to.............................

      #3 of this topic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't think the fact that they loaded up the exterior with lame plastic cladding detracts from my argument (in #11). They probably think it will help make the vehicle look "tougher" to the off-road crowd. I think we can all agree that it is not successful in that regard.

      Like every other SUV on the planet (including the exalted Wrangler) 90% of the FJs sold will never be used off-road. That's the nature of the American market. But my point (btw, I don't own a Toyota - never have) is that Toyota seems to have succeeded in making a vehicle that is off-road capable. It is probably no Wrangler but I think it's on par with the next level of competition (Xterra, etc). The clearance and standard features indicate that Toyota expects the vehicle to be sold mainly to the off-road crowd. But at the same time, I'm sure they're not adverse to some suburban airheads buy one and never intend to take it off paved roads. The fact that they're trying to sell as many of them as possible doesn't diminish its capabilities. Did I miss something? Did Jeep dealers start kicking customers off the lot unless they swear in writing to use their Wranglers in the mud? And has the Wrangler not added creature comforts on the interior (and styling work on the exterior) to try to broaden its appeal?

      I could care less about the FJ - I'm pining away for a return of the Defender, personally! But the initial reviews lead me to believe that someone interested in an off-road vehicle could do a lot worse, regardless of what the Wrangler purists will say.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #6 Thank you!

      I'd like to thank my forefathers for making me believe I actually have freedom of speach. I'd like to thank DARPA for making it all possible. I'd also like to thank mom and dad for believing in me. I think this is the most prestigious award I have ever won.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What a let down. The original FJ40s are Awesome. This looks and smells like a every other wannabe SUV. I want a convertible again like the original. No thanks Toyota I will stick to my '78.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Is this to be anything but expected? Of course the FJ Cruiser was going to be good offroad. Among the best you can buy new off a lot. After all, it has the same drivetrain as the Tacoma, only with better approach and departure angles.

      I'll be curious to see a three way test between this, the Xterra, and the 4-door Wrangler.

      And, I must say, it looks better in yellow than blue.
      • 9 Years Ago
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