• Nov 14, 2006
We came across Newport Convertible Engineering at the SEMA show a couple of weeks ago, and the company's FJ Cruiser Convertible immediately caught our eye. Not only does this $10,000 conversion give FJ Cruiser owners a power-operated soft top in place of the standard steel roof, but it also eliminates the FJ's giant C-pillar that creates a huge blindspot for the driver and makes back seat passengers feel claustrophobic. Of course, the sight lines are still pretty bad with the top up on the FJ Cruiser Convertible, but we would hope after spending 10 large on such a conversion that you'd want the top down as often as possible. You're also forced to sacrifice some cargo space, as the soft top's roofline slopes down immediately after the roll cage's cross bar located just behind the rear seats. It almost looks like a four-door coupe.

Newport also has experience shaving the domes off of such cars as the Scion xB (!), Dodge Charger (!!), Cadillac CTS (!!!), Cadillac Escalade (!!!!), HUMMER H3 (!!!!!) and Ford Excursion (!!!!!!).

Follow the jump for plenty more pics of the FJ Cruiser Convertible with top up and down.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      No dear God no..... keep it away.

      Stoneman
      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      They probably could have painted the windshield header black for an extra $2. Would have made the top match better when closed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL, i was proposing making convertable SUVs for YEARS, it fanaly hit them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What's that #34? Low to mid 30's?

      Shh, don't tell Owen that, he still believes he can get one for the low 20's. (Insert laugh)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Pffffff, The 1978-79 Ford Bronco still the best looking convertible SUV
      • 8 Years Ago
      #19. You people are rasist and you are blinded by your love of crazy american car. Toyota makes better SUV than you can make escalade you think it is bad. Nippon will soon have cars with option convertable for all cars and your american converting busyness will lose. NIPPON POWER!
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      Troll, It’s people just expressing opinions. This is a comment board. That’s what it’s for. I don't see any reference made that anyone implied an American cars are better. If English is your second language, you have an excuse for your poor grammar & spelling. Who is Nippon?
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      I'm a Cruiser owner and am a fan of them. It's just this convertible is UGLY!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The charger looks pretty good. 4 door convertible, you don't see that often. I'll take mine sans the ugly wheels though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is so goddamn ugly it makes my teeth hurt.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I spoke with the Toyota folks and they will not sell me a convertible FJ Cruiser done by Newport Convertible Engineering for a million dollars. They will sell me the stock hardtop and said that I am responsible for any and all after-purchase modifications including the convertible top by Newport folks. Toyota will void any body related warranty work after the conversion is done. They said that none of the conversions done by Newport is legally valid according to DOT and other hiway safety oragnizations. It's definitely a no no for any one who cares for the loved ones and themselves. If God forbid any of the converted cars done by Newport get into an accident, they will be folded like a sandwitch on impact despite their shoddy tubular micky mouse reinforcements. So don't be fooled for a a few minutes of open air going topless and risking you life!
      • 8 Years Ago
      You can dress a pig in a tuxedo, but at the end of the day, it's still just a well dressed pig.

      This is still just an overpriced Toyota sold through arrogant old school high pressuer dealerships who rely upon the good cop / bad cop sales rep / manager game. If I could ever get over the feeling that I need to take a shower immediately after leaving a Toyota dealership, I may even consider buying one of their over priced Turds. My wife likes their mini vans and we own one. I swore I'd never buy another Toyota Turd In this area, each dealership you go to is worse than the one you just left.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Those pictures would look a lot better without those goofy rims.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is basically a showing off toy. but it is not as good as a real truck
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