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.


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      jeepmover
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugily... http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/toyota-reports-august-2011-sales-128893768.html Beeeeautiful: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2011/09/chrysler-group-vehicle-sales-rankings-august
        Epic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jeepmover
        Unfortunately for all of those unwitting new Dodge, Jeep, vehicles owners -- the reliability/resale ranking/values for those vehicles they were suckered into buying (by bottom feeder salesmen like yourself) fall far short of what Japanese vehicles dictate. LOL At the end of the day/loan -- those owners are holding vehicles just a few hundred miles away from being junk yard bound. LOL
        Epic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jeepmover
        Lastly -- I note that for you to post sales #s for 2011 (notwithstanding the fact that anyone with half a frontal lobe knows a majority of the Japanese factories [including many of Honda & Toyota's] have been offline or operating at less than half capacity due to earthquake/nuclear incident. Thus, supply & demand is involved -- buyers in the market can't purchase what ain't available -- and hence sales are impacted. However you dice it .. Toyota dominates (class for class) in RESELL value and reliability over any class for class Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep model hands down. But I wouldn't expect a bottom feeder Heep salesman like to you understand that concept. Instead -- you do what most carpet baggin dealer type salesman do best -- skew the facts, cherry pick favorable quotes (even if they're taken out of context) to falsely portray your product as the Holy Grail of automotive products. You seem fixated on sales #s but I'm still waiting for you to comment on this link:http://www.motortrend.com/used_cars/11/jeep/wrangler/recalls/ How could you though? What else can you say ... Wranglers suck --- unless you're Ricky Redneck ...
        jeepmover
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jeepmover
        "Exclusive"..or ..."nonexistent"?
          Epic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jeepmover
          Exclusive -- as in the FJ Cruiser was voted by Forbes magazine as being ONE of only TEN vehicles that will make it past 200,000 miles .. NOTE: No Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler models made the cut. LOL Source: http://www.forbes.com/2010/12/08/most-reliable-cars-2010-business-autos-reliable-cars_2.html QUOTE FROM ARTICLE: ".... FJ Cruisersignificant praise in the Consumer Reports study for its 'extremely reliable' results." Top that Heep mover ...
      Jesse
      • 3 Years Ago
      Arguing on the internet is like running in the special olympics: Even if you win, you're still retarded. I rest my case. Have fun flaming the next person to comment on this. You're king over a couple megabytes of information called a webpage. Maybe that's what satisfies you in life, only after your right hand when noone is watching you. Later Erici!!!
        Epic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jesse
        There are plenty of viewers watching -- LOL .. I enjoyed wasting your day -- be sure to refund part of your salary to your employer for all of those "breaks" you took today. Feel free to drop in anytime if you're feeling itchy to get slapped around intellectually.
        Epic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jesse
        BTW Frances (yeah I know you'll still be loggin into this blog) shame on you for making fun of mentally handicapped persons -- ^^^^^^^^^^^ may the fleas from a 1000 camels infest your tramp stamped body.
      Epic
      • 3 Years Ago
      To Frances (aka jesse): First off -- no one (but you) gives a sh*t about the mods on your FJ - seriously? Why even mention your mods (other than to boast/beat ur chest). Whose the douche bag perpetuating the very thing you originally whined about (arguing/debating) in your first post? You! LOL if you're truly concerned about "misrepresenting the community" you're doing a great job at misrepresenting the community all by lonesome. I think it's clear from my post where my favoritism lies with Toyota -- and you by your own words are an FJ owner. Thus -- we have two FJ fans arguing! I love it! I bet the Heep guys are chuckling right about now. Way to go Frances. Warcraft? That's the sharpest witty line you can muster? I had to google Warcraft -- LOL -- but you have obviously had some experience with the game to be able to raise it yourself. NOW let's dissect the irrational comments you've made: Quote: " I live in socal and I Prerun washes... what do you do, go mall crawling all the time? People like you are the posers who make us wheelers look like idiots... seriously what are you, 25? what do you do besides troll this post, play world of warcraft?" REPLY: Sorry to disappoint you - but no one gives a damn where you live or what you run. And you're pretty ignorant (as stated below) to assume you know what I ride or where I run. And judging by your candor -- and proud display of mods (which are not relevant to the discussion) I think it's fair to say that you're the "poser" a guy with extra discretionary $$ that throws it at a rig and pretends he knows what the hell he's doing. If you read this entire blog (which you haven't) you'd know that I am a Toyota Master mechanic with 15 years experience (another 4 years experience with Dodge). I bet anything I know my way around your FJ than you do. I ought to start asking you some tech questions in the presence of everyone to see how well you know your rig .. QUOTE: "For the record, FJ_TJ dude owns a TJ that he has modded more than his FJ cruiser... but you wouldnt know that unless you were actually part of the forum, now would you? and i dont put my contact up so that people with no life like you cant attack me outside of this post. Like I said, youre misrepresenting the FJ community as people who are narrowmindedly biased to FJ's, as in they absolutely hate jeeps." REPLY: Whether the dude has a modded TJ is also irrelevant -- comments he posted on the forum seem to support the way with which I've handle dumba$$' like yourself who pretend to know what the hell they're talking about - that was the whole point behind posting his comment. "Narrowmindedly" biased towards FJs? Well if you call someone who corrects a Heep lover's inaccurate protestations of fact narrowmindely biased LOL then I'm guilty as charged. Keep posting -- this is fun - i luv slamming douche bags like you around with words ..
        jesse
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Epic
        U Mad???
          Epic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jesse
          It's OK -- you were drunk that night -- the artist asked you what you wanted -- you relented -- you vacillated between the Toyota logo and tribal art -- tribal art is too cliche (cause that's how you roll) so you opted to "Moving Forward" and went with the logo ("Oh Oh What A Feeling"). No one knows your identity -- and it is after all on the small of your back. It will only be visible when you visit those famous Cali bath houses that you frequent. LOL!!
          Epic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jesse
          I'm actually laughing with each post -- but LOL i know you are. All of my ranting is causing you to regret the Toyota tat you had a SoCal parlor place on the small of your back, huh?
        jesse
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Epic
        By the way, im not frances... Also, are you even employed? It seems you have alot of time on your hands... im just responding on my breaks at work at my construction firm where I am a civil engineer... Plus, it seems you are the douche bag since you feel its your "Duty" to correct everyone... what were you, that one kid who hated to be wrong? Do you shop at American Eagle and wear a livestrong bracelet? Do you look like you belong on Jersey Shore? Its okay to be wrong... All i said was that I think they are both capable vehicles, but I prefer solid axle to IFS. I also said you were misrepresenting the FJ community, which you are because nobody from the FJ community would waste as much time as you have correcting everybody on here... Are you sure you have a life? I do respect the fact that you are a toyota mechanic, but here is what it boils down to: The Driver. This is in two ways: the way he respects his vehicle, and the way he respects other people on the trail. I sure as hell am not gonna go bash a jeep... one day that jeep may save your life. So grow a pair, actually get the vehicle you're defending, and stop feeling like its your duty to correct everybody. I'm only correcting you because nobody else has the balls to. Maybe you should grow a pair too. Oh, by the way, calling people douchebags was cool back in Jr. High School. Its probably cool on World of Warcraft as well. I wouldn't know, i dont play. I also dont use acronyms for phrases like "LOL" If anything, the FJ's have a huge problem as well, and thats the Fender Bulges, which you will get if you wheel your rig at all. Ive started on both sides of mine... oh well? they both have problems, just go sit back down.
          jesse
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jesse
          Also, Tatoo's are reminders when youre old of how stupid you were when you were young. Im completely clean. You probably have a tatoo like this guy. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_csbjqu9sDI8/S2uqQgJRKKI/AAAAAAAAALU/qLvRyZljCt8/s400/stupid-people.jpg
          Epic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jesse
          You keep opening doors -- I won't bother to reply to your Jersey Shore banter cause I only know it to be a show i'm told is not worth watching -- you obviously have spent time from the trailer you work out of to watch enough of it to think it would be a clever put down. Again -- every post you make undermines the convictions you purport to conduct yourself with. Let's assume arguendo I'm by all definitions (as you yourself have said) a troll. Well guess what? You're playing the hand I delt you .. you're arguing with a troll. Not to bright huh? You're making all of these posts via your breaks at work? (sux that you have to work today being a holiday weekend and all). How many breaks do you get? Geeze? And telling me to grow a pair is well cliche -- more so than my use of LOL. LOL!! And BTW if you don't approve of the use of LOL, why use FJ? Why not just say FJ Cruiser? Hey, just saying. But let me get to the substance of your post: Your premise: I'm misrepresenting the FJ community here merely because (according to you) no one on the forum would spend as much time doing what I've done. Is that pretty summing it up? Ok -- that's a lame explanation. First off the forum is NOT the community. The 150,000 FJ owners (since 07) ARE the community. Secondly -- a handful of forum members have already echoed my sentiments via posting (since the 29th). Now what? but please please please please continue to play into this troll's agenda and continue to post to your heart's content. Regarding fender bulges -- to say YOU WILL get them if you wheel your rig at all -- is not accurate -- and that statement actually does the community a huge disservice. Those are words obviously spoken by a guy with plenty of discretionary spending ability that purchases things and knows very little in the way of how they work. The fender issue you're referring to is not pervasive -- and like any newly designed vehicle -- R&D can't reconcile for every vicissitude which might rear its ugly head (whether owner generated or not). Enough said .. Just curious -- you say you're a PE -- where did you receive your degree?
      Justin
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a cool vehicle, I have always thought highly of these. If I had a lot of $$$ this would be in my collection of cars for sure.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      FJ=FAKE JEEP DID THEY FIX THE STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS WITH FRAME AND FENDERS?
        miketim1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Im guessin you no idea what so ever of the history of the Toyota FJ . . .
          MAX
          • 3 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          JUST GOOGLE FJ CRUISER AND FRAME PROBLEM FOR THE LATEST HISTORY
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          After looking at and driving the current FJ I'd say Toyota has no idea whatsoever of the history of the Toyota FJ either.
          Rayvan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          You're guessing. These things are known for their inner fenders cracking from too much frame flex (even if you don't take 'em off road). Look it up.
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          Austin, what do Dodge truck recalls have to do with the current conversation. Maybe you should google problems with the Yugo. See? I can do it too.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          [blocked]
        Epic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Please provide a reputable link showing where Toyota has encountered "frame" issues with the FJ. Yes, a limited number of FJs have exhibited fender issues (most of which have been corrected under warranty). While some FJ owners with fender issues would have liked to have seen a better response from Toyota, there are no active FJ recall campaigns for this issue -- obviously not as much of an issue as you make it out to be. And speaking of "fake Jeeps" and recalls .. well you may be interested to know that Chrysler has implemented recalls (for significant safety and powertrain issues) on the Wrangler EVERY production year from 1999 to 2009 http://www.motortrend.com/used_cars/11/jeep/wrangler/recalls/ (read and weep) Everything from airbags not deploying to faulty trannys. Not to mention Toyota's "fake Jeeps" have a far superior reliability rating/resell value than a "real" Jeep. Thus, I'd much rather have a "fake jeep" that's whose most significant recall involved warning decals or lack thereof.
          LeadHead
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Epic
          You do realize the vast majority of those recalls on the Wranglers are do to faulty AFTERMARKET parts? Or one recall that affects multiple years. As far as superior resell value? The average Wrangler resell value is only about $2000 less than a comparable year FJ Cruiser - but the Wrangler base MSRP is over $4000 less than an FJ Cruiser, and a base FJ Cruiser isn't even 4x4...
      Tom G
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those of you that "loathe" the FJ, have you even driven one, or is it just a "Jeep-thing." A stock FJ can handle more obstacles offroad than a stock Jeep. It's built like a tank. Is it a factory rock-crawler? No. And neither is any other vehicle marketed as an offroad capable vehicle. Every single one, including the FJ, needs expensive (time and money) upgrades to do what you want with it. Every Jeep owner I know has had to put more money into their Jeep to repair the shoddy engineering than I will ever have to put into my FJ for a fender bulge, if it happens. It's still less than 10% of users experience the issue. The bulge has nothing to do with the structural integrity of the FJ either. Don't worry... if I see you on the trails, I'll be more than happy to roll you back over, or pull you up the hill.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tom G
        "A stock FJ can handle more obstacles offroad than a stock Jeep." Are you talking higher end models or entry level? On the entry level side you have a 4x2 FJ vs a 4x4 Jeep. On the higher end you have the Wrangler Rubicon with electronic lockers on both axles and sway bar disconnects with stronger axles, upgraded shocks, and better tires vs. the FJ mentioned here with a locking rear diff and some upgraded shocks and tires with some skid plates thrown in. How, exactly, can either of those 2 handle "more obstacles offroad than a stock Jeep"?
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike D
          Nice valid argument.
          Epic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike D
          Debating the "Heep" crowd is futile. Enjoy your "Dodge" Wrangler --
        TwinTurbo3oooGT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tom G
        Did they ever fix the frame issues on these?
        Oceanblue78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tom G
        Sorry but I don't drive ugly.
          Epic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
          What do you drive?
      Airborne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Went to a civilian off roading course up in Connecticut where we drove old beat up hiluxs, defenders, land cruisers, and discoveries. There was one new FJ Cruiser and after one day of driving no one wanted to drive the FJ. It was terrible off road. The lack of the solid axle just makes it incapable of clearing obstacles without getting hung up.
        Tom G
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Airborne
        I can name at least 3 occasions where a friend's Jeep was incapable of clearing an obstacle BECAUSE of it's front solid axle. The FJ would have cleared it without issue. I'm pretty sure a Jeep couldn't clear a vertical cliff, just like the FJ can't. Incapability is in the driver's hands, not the vehicle.
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tom G
          I think he was mainly talking about articulation issues. A solid axle has the advantage here.
          Epic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tom G
          To Mike D's comment about SA/articulation --The interesting thing for the FJC is that it has its own solid vs. independent axle comparison built-in: compare the front (independent) and the rear (solid). I did the RTI measurement and calc for both, and unsurprisingly you get more flex out of the rear than the front (like 620 vs. 595). But it's not a massive difference. The key thing about solid axles is that you can build that RTI to very much greater levels than you can with independent. (i.e. just because it's solid doesn't mean it's better, but it does mean it has the potential to be alot better if properly built). For a daily driver/parttime weekend offroader -- IFS is more desirable from a ride quality standpoint.
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tom G
          The FJ still has a solid axle on the back which would have to go over the obstacle as well.
        Epic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Airborne
        Please explain how the lack of a solid axle necessarily dooms the FJ to being stuck on obstacles. Do yourself a favor and youtube FJ Cruiser -- just pick a couple of offroading clips folks have posted and then come back and explain to everyone (with a straight face) that the FJ is prone to "getting stuck." Geeze!
          LeadHead
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Epic
          No/Limited articulation on the front end. IFS can go through mud and dirt pretty much the same as a solid axle vehicle, but get to an area with a lot of large rocks or ruts/trenches/deep holes in the ground and independent suspension has no chance. I'm not a Toyota hater either - my daily driver is an FJ62...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the old-school badge on the grille.
      Anthony Guido
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im actually really liking the red. Still think the all "Army Green" is the best looking Trail Teams FJ though. Love these things, super capable.
      Epic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeaaaahhhh I win!!! FJCs rule -- Dodge Wranglers are inferior and cheap excuses for a CJ ... UI challenge anyone out there to rebut. Yeaah that's right cause you can't. you can't argue staggering resell value differences, you can't argue against the numerous recalls Dodge Wrangers have been subject to (FJs got gigged on one recall involving a stupid GVW decal) for the last decade covering almost every major system in a vehicle, you can't argue against the fact that the FJC out performs the Wrangler in almost every category (informed/intelligent consumers give a damn about), you can't argue against the fact that most people purchase Wranglers based solely on looks (4 door Jeeps look gay), and you can't argue against the fact that FJs with a solid axle (which can be done) would remove any other difference FJ haters are able to counter with. lol. Long Rule the FJ!!!!
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Epic
        Congratulations, you're the only one in the history of everything with an OPINION that is more correct that someone else's.
          Epic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike D
          Thanks man -- my accomplishment hasn't come easy given the ignorant spin of logic waged by my foes .. hey -- you're awfully silent about the resell value disparity -- guess there's nothing more to say huh?
        jeepmover
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Epic
        You are sold on your product. But your characterizations and insults, stagnate the posts. You never get ahead putting something else down. You seem obsessed with the Wrangler. $10 dollars to a donut, you dream about one! (Probably a nightmare though)
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jeepmover
          Epic, all someone did was mention they would lean towards a Wrangler and you immediately jumped on the defensive. All you had to say was something along the lines of "I personally really enjoy my FJ, it's been great for me and has never let me down." And people would have respected your opinion and moved on. Instead you resort to calling people names and being childish. What, exactly, are you trying to prove by acting like that?
      thatslifebob
      • 3 Years Ago
      SIGH... bottom line. Jeep just suck. Kinda like Dodge. It's just an attitude. Toyotas are far superior; that's why they are the best. Period. Drug dealers and the Taliban don't use Jeeps; they use Toyotas... because they last. I'm not endorsing drug dealers or the "soon to be burning slowly in Hell" Taliban and, I'm sure, Toyota doesn't either. It's just the facts. Jeeps have fan boys and that's fine. Arguing with a Jeep/Dodge fan boy is like arguing with a Nascar fan boy about F-1.
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