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In recent years, a few automakers have introduced what have become known as "retro" vehicles. These cars and trucks typically marry modern mechanicals with styling that recalls a successful model of the past. The FJ Cruiser, Toyota's retro entry, is a midsize SUV that harks back to the company's iconic FJ40 Series of Land Cruisers. The original FJ40 was a tough, dependable four-wheel-drive truck sold in the U.S. from 1960-'83. It's generally assumed that the U.S. military's Jeep from WWII provided the inspiration for the FJ's predecessor, the BJ20.
Like the FJ40, the Toyota FJ Cruiser has superior off-road capabilities. It's built on a truck-based, ladder-frame chassis and features a stout suspension and drivetrain, sharing its underlying hardware with Toyota's 4Runner SUV. Toyota designed the FJ Cruiser to be a bit more specialized, however. Compared to the 4Runner, it's smaller, less expensive and more capable in off-road situations, and it's designed to appeal to younger and more active consumers.
Used Toyota FJ Cruiser Models
The Toyota FJ Cruiser was introduced for the 2007 model year. That first year featured optional side and side curtain airbags -- they were made standard for '08. The TRD Special Edition package was also limited to 2007. For 2009, Toyota added a much-need rearview camera to the options list -- we'd highly recommend seeking out an FJ with this feature. FJs from 2007-'09 also made a bit less power, with a maximum of 239 hp. The increase to 259 hp occurred for 2010.
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