Toyota FJ Cruiser — A Big Dog

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Toyota FJ Cruiser — A Big Dog

by Roger

TEANECK, NJ — The woman stood in the of her Mercedes SL 500 and stared for a long arrested by the sight of the car in front of

Perhaps it was the useless silver sticking out on each side of the bumper and looking like a mustache. Maybe it was the matching fringe around the black grill, which gave the of a smiling face, or the long, air scoop which resembled a cap on a teenage forehead – an image by the wide, silver rear-view which stuck out like

The combination led her to say, “Excuse me. is that? And can I sit in it?”

It is the Toyota FJ a whimsical looking, extremely engineered, thoughtfully designed, comfortable, go-anywhere, do anything, on or SUV which poses a serious to the reigning monarchs of the off-road If cars could marry, the FJ would be the rambunctious offspring of the H3 and a Jeep, with a few stray from Uncle Nissan And like a typical teen, the FJ has exuberance than its elders, not all of their capabilities.

The FJ is an arresting sight, starting its electric, two-tone paint and bright silver accents. ear-like rear-view mirrors round reflecting lights in which extends the smiley-face when you appear in someone rear-view mirror at night. You go anywhere in the FJ without drawing a

People want to look at it, about it, and sit in it.

It is a high riding providing off-road clearance for rocks and streams. Its ground at 9.6 inches, is actually a half higher than that of the H3, both vehicles are rated of rolling through 30 inches of and easily traversing rocky Both the Cruiser and Hummer are 74.6 inches wide, but the H3 has a wider stance with separating the front wheels as to 63 inches for the FJ.

The H3, at 74.5 inches, is about inches taller.

The FJ Cruiser comfortably seat four adults on its wide, cloth and it actually has more cargo than the H3, though the Hummer is inches longer. The passenger on the FJ are half-doors which open the center post – a feature makes it easy to access the of the cargo area when the seats are laid down. is also a built-in tow hitch, and the FJ is of hauling 5,000 pounds it – 500 pounds more than the H3.

the décor combines the exuberant, theme with the practicality in a serious off-road vehicle. The mats have the rubber, design like that in the Xterra, and there is a lot of rubber and rounded edges. But the black and rubber is highlighted by electric plastic panels in the center of the and the door inlays, and accented by silver to make the FJ as lively as it is outside.

For noise, the FJ has AM/FM radio and is for Satellite, though the test car did not it. It also features a six-disc, CD player. There are two speakers into the top of the dash, another, pair in the doors and another set in the

A sub-woofer—literally a huge boom-box, is into the side of the cargo and when cranked up, the FJ can provide than enough volume for the city block party.

On top of the are a compass, thermometer, and attitude so you can tell if the vertical or horizontal, slope is exceeding the 30-degree limit for the car. That is the design climbing limit for the H3, Toyota says the Cruiser can be along a side slope of 41 without rolling over.

In a state park in the Hudson just south of West is a glittering Silver Mine sitting in the shadows of a 1,200-foot ski run in the summer, is festooned with brush, New York Astor, and wildflowers. The bottom two thirds of the is a 40-degree, undulating slope. It steepens to 60-degrees to the summit.

I the FJ in a lazy line up the lower of the hill, and then turned eights – reaching out the window to the flowers – before heading down to the lake as the built-in in the rear bounced echoes of the “Runaway Child off the surrounding The Land Rover LR3 also in this 40-degree range, the Hummer, Xterra, and Jeep can all trek the steep upper to the summit.

Further in the park, the FJ through a wetland with water and patches of roof-level flanked by mud, and then a slow moving stream two feet deep. For good after climbing out the opposite of the stream, I went through it backwards. The H3, Nissan Xterra, and LR3 do the same trick, though it is a bit for a Jeep.

The Cruiser was made for woodlands – rain and mud, snow and or summer sun and wildflowers. And even if the decades have made it to remember what it was to be a teenager, the FJ makes you want to crank up the make a sharp turn off the byways, and just go.

2007 FJ Cruiser 4X4

MSRP: $30,983

EPA 17 MPG City 21 MPG Highway

Performance /

4.0-Liter V-6 engine with alloy block producing 239 and 278 pound-feet of torque; four-wheel brake system with assist, electronic brake-force on and off-road traction control; skid control; back system;17-inch aluminum alloy part time 4-wheel 5-speed automatic transmission; mounted, double wishbone suspension and stabilizer bar; rear suspension with and coil springs; power rack and pinion steering; tow front and rear; skid front and passenger curtain

Interior/ Comfort:

AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD changer 6 speakers and rear 400-watt tilt steering wheel; audio controls; side boards; 8-way adjustable seat; fold down seats; 4 cup holders and bottle

Roger Witherspoon can be reached at

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