End of the Line for Toyota’s FJ Cruiser

Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by nhtwpprod

The FJ Cruiser, Toyota’s retro SUV throwback to its famed FJ40 Land Cruiser line, will roll into the sunset this year, as worldwide manufacturing of the vehicle ceases in August 2016. Toyota dealers in America got their last line of FJ Cruisers in 2013. Remaining markets selling the vehicle – Australia, Japan, the Middle East and China – will get their FJ Cruiser fix in the fall.

A Cult Classic

The FJ Cruiser has a strong cult following among drivers who enjoy the vehicle’s retro styling and rugged durability for off-road adventuring. The vehicle retains a high resale value and will likely be a fast seller on used Toyota lots for years to come. Although the vehicle has a loyal following, Toyota has decided to take a different approach to the SUV market with different products.

In North America, the Toyota 4Runner has taken up much of the FJ Cruiser’s market. The four-door SUV has proven quite popular with the car-buying public. The vehicle came out in 2009 and was recently given a facelift for the 2014 model year. The 4Runner and the FJ Cruiser share many attributes – the vehicles have similar running gear and frames.

2014 FJ Cruiser

If you’re looking for a used FJ Cruiser, you’re going to have to scour Toyota dealerships pretty hard, as the vehicle has an extremely loyal cult following, and it’s not often that an owner decides to trade one in for a new car or truck.

The final U.S. year model for the FJ Cruiser was 2014. Toyota decided to give its loyal FJ Cruiser customers a few extras for the vehicle’s last model, and offered a special Ultimate Edition off-road-themed Trail Teams Package. The package included upgraded suspension, all terrain tires, and a number of other goodies.

One of the major selling points of the 2014 FJ Cruiser was its quirky, retro look. The cruiser’s cool, boxy look made it a standout in the SUV market, where it’s often tough to tell differing automakers’ vehicles apart. In addition to the FJ Cruiser’s unique look, it performed well off-road, making it a favorite among the outdoorsy crowd. The vehicle is available with several great off-road options, including low-range gearing and a pretty cool off-road traction control system called A-TRAC.

The FJ Cruiser also performed well on the road. The vehicle’s V6 engine offered drivers plenty of get-up and go. The vehicle also offered precise steering and excellent suspension, allowing it to corner and handle bumps surprisingly well.

With regard to safety, the 2014 FJ Cruiser has a pretty good track record. The vehicle earned a “Good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on a variety of crash tests. Consumers can be confident that the FJ Cruiser will keep them safe on the highway and off-road.

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