2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Edition

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Test Drive. 2013 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Edition

For over 50 years, FJ has conquered the competition — the 2013 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Edition takes it to another

A legitimate off-road warrior

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Limited and unique styling elements

I being at the launch for the FJ Cruiser it first arrived in Canada in 2006. After exploring the interesting looking vehicle’s worthiness and handling on a scenic of rural roads, highways and the Toyota team had arranged for the journalists to play with the FJ at a yard just outside

A series of obstacles had been set up to that the FJ Cruiser was not just cute-ute, but was in fact,  a carefully and cleverly packaged SUV that tackle all but the most extreme The company was so confident in the FJ’s that they even had a deep water crossing caused more stress for the and passengers than it did for the rugged FJ

I recently had the opportunity to spend a with the latest and greatest of the FJ Cruiser, that being the Teams Special Edition. is a limited edition that a few upgrades that help the standard vehicle’s already off-road capabilities. When I say I do mean limited.

Toyota to offer a mere 125 units fitted with automatics and 15 the manual transmission) of this goat for the 2013 model which is unfortunate, as it really have the extra curb adventurous types tend to for.

Special Edition

The Toyota Motor Company has manufacturing off-road vehicles for than half a century, and the Land Cruiser from the FJ Cruiser derives its name is a

The FJ40 was known for its unique scheme which always a white roof panel. theme carried over to the FJ when it debuted and continues unless of course you order one of the Trail Teams Edition which feature a different paint scheme each they have been This year’s exclusive is called Cement Grey which gives the Trail FJ a rather industrial look is very rugged and masculine.

The Teams Edition is also the FJ model to feature blacked out pieces. The matte black grille, mirrors and door look sharp, as do the similarly TRD Beadlock-style alloy wheels. beefy wheels are wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires which proved themselves on sand, mud, gravel and during my week long period.

To complete the off-road the Trail Teams Edition rock rails, a full of skid plates, and a pair of intensity spot lights to an air dam affixed to the full-size roof

The interior benefits from a trim package which distinctive seat inserts, door sill plates, a area mat and special badges.

the hood

All FJ Cruiser models their motivation from venerable 4.0 Litre, 24-Valve, V6 engine that produces 260 and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. This power plant is mated to a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed transmission. My test rig featured the which will likely be the choice for most buyers as with a heavy clutch stuck in urban traffic.

The features technological marvels as Dual Variable Valve with intelligence (VVT-i), continuously alters both and exhaust camshaft timing to a broad torque band means that the FJ Cruiser has access to ready power it is needed. The engine also an advanced Sequential Multi-Port Injection system which make the most efficient use of the 72 litres of fuel.


The six-speed manual features a full-time four-wheel system complete with centre and rear differential as well as a two-speed transfer An advanced stability control and Toyota’s Active Traction (ATRAC) are on hand to keep the FJ forward when the road become treacherous or slippery.

The five-speed automatic Super Controlled Transmission (Super has been designed to utilize an Control Module (ECM) to shift decisions based on speed and load. I was impressed how smoothly this transmission whether I was cruising on the freeway or slowly down a 30-degree

Toyota’s engineering team has the ECM so that it also monitors factors as throttle position, speed, power requirements and temperature to efficiently direct selection and adjust shift to driving demands. It’s slick, as is the addition of Toyota’s 4-Wheel Crawl Control which comes as part of the to the automatic transmission. This selectable system allows the to focus on steering while it the traction control, brakes and to maintain an ultra-slow target while the vehicle is ascending or steep terrain.


The interior is well laid out and sporty. A wide, body-coloured stack houses over-sized controls and the audio system, and is by door inserts of the same White-faced gauges are big and easy to see the wide-rimmed three-spoke steering The shift lever falls to hand and features a big, shift knob.

Toyota also offers an instrument pod that includes a outside temperature gauge and that sit atop the dash.

The bucket seats feature seat cushions and supportive bolsters. The rear bench is a 60/40 split design and is in the same water-repellent material as the units.

An elevated seating provides good visibility of the and surroundings out front, but  as I 6’2” tall I found I had to duck down and forward to see lights at intersections due to the narrow of the windshield. The big, power-operated mirrors look very but they are tall, not wide, and I myself wanting to reach out and them 90-degrees.

The extra-thick ‘C’ make shoulder-checking a nerve-wracking as they create an enormous spot, as does the big tire on the rear door. Luckily the rear-view mirror features an backup-camera monitor.

All four feature large storage and big handles. Unfortunately the handles for the doors require the user to inside the vehicle to open from the outside, as there are no handles on the rear-swinging doors. rear doors are also narrow, so I had to slide the front all the way forward and distort my XXXL body through the tight to get inside the rear compartment.

inside however, I was more impressed with the head, and legroom afforded the four seating positions. Dual abundant cup holders and a large storage bin helped keep the compartment uncluttered.

The rear swings away from the (to the left) and can be locked open via a strut that is exposed the door is open. You will this essential as the spare is mounted to the door and adds weight. The cargo area the same rubber-like floor as well as a host of tie-down and storage cubbies, as well as an 115-volt outlet port. the rear seats folded the FJ offers a near-flat cargo and 1,891-litres of space.

The rear window also independently, allowing for small like groceries to be loaded ease, or longer cargo to be on short hauls.


The FJ utilizes a modified (shortened) of the Tacoma/4Runner platform which is news as this is a proven both on-and off-road and planners deemed that it be that the FJ be a capable off-road as well as sensible enough to act as a driver.

I had the opportunity to take my rig through a demanding off-road that included everything rock climbs and mud-holes to hills and treacherous terrain. The wheelbase gives the FJ excellent and departure angles (34- and 31- respectively) as well as a tight radius (12.4 metres).

the FJ Cruiser is not designed to be a rock it is prepared to clamber over surfaces, outcrops or small fields. The heavy-duty system of plates (engine, transmission and tank) will protect the from all but the biggest hits, but for low-speed journeys through terrain the FJ proved a climber.

faced with slick mud and the FJ Cruiser’s advanced four-wheel-drive delivered power to the ground in a fashion and the tires exhibited wheel spin even the tread became packed heavy, clay-like mud.

A encounter with a sandy revealed that the truck’s tires had no problems cutting the loose surface and the power delivered consistent levels of as I navigated my way through the gritty

The FJ Cruiser offers an impressive of ground clearance and exceptional travel so this truck permit its lucky operator the to explore off the beaten path. I also point out that the air intake sits high on the which makes it possible to the FJ through pretty substantial hazards.

Little details that the design team did homework. Rubber floor replace carpets in the FJ allowing for clean-up and a triple wiper means that more of the remains clean when the gets muddy.

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The Trail Edition is also the only FJ to feature blacked out trim The matte black bumpers, mirrors and door handles sharp, as do the similarly painted16-inch,  TRD alloy wheels.

On the highway

The FJ rides on a ladder-type chassis features an independent double front suspension and a 4-link rear axle. Coil both front and back give the FJ a bump-smoothing ride on the Even train tracks and potholes were rendered during my rigorous road

The FJ Cruiser proved very and easy-to-drive. The 4.0-litre engine exceptional power in a very fashion. Acceleration is quick for a of this type and handling is balanced and predictable.

The cockpit is enough to keep unwanted and road noise out at all but triple speeds, and the subtle wind that crept into the at these speeds was largely due to the windshield design and chunky tires.

Final thoughts

are currently four models of FJ available, and all include a long of standard comfort, safety and features as well as impressive capabilities. However,  if you really to stand out from the crowd I suggest you seek out one of the rare Teams Special Edition as it offers an excellent value for the off-road enthusiast, and its special is all covered by a factory warranty.

2013 FJ Cruiser Trail Special Edition Technical Specifications:

price range (MSRP): – $41,495

Price as tested: (includes $8,055 -Trail Special Edition package; – Automatic Super ECT ; $1,635 PDE; $135.20 – Assorted and levies).

Type: 5-passenger, sport utility vehicle

Front engine, four-wheel-drive

4.0L DOHC 6-cylinder

Horsepower:  260 @ 5,600 RPM

Torque 271 @ 4,400 RPM

Transmission:  6-Speed or 5-speed automatic transmission

Brakes: Front-wheel ventilated rear-wheel disc

Suspension:  wishbone front suspension coil springs and stabilizer and a four-link rear suspension lateral track bar, springs and stabilizer bar. shock absorbers are used and rear.

Maximum cargo (L /cu. ft.): 1,891 /

Towing capacity: 2,268kg

Fuel economy (L/100km/h):   12.7 (22 mpg)  / Highway- 9.5 (30

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