Production of the Toyota FJ Cruiser nameplate goes back to 1954 and has actually proven to be a strong and trustworthy car, selling around the world and dominating the harshest environments.
In the early 2000s a style group commenced work on a new "Rugged Youth Utility" automobile and the FJ Cruiser rapidly acquired appeal after news broke of its off road ability.
The powerplant is Toyota's 200kW V6, albeit in 4 litre engine and pushing out the grunt by means of a 5 speed automatic.
A press of a button locks the rear diff plus there's a variable speed CRAWL control, permitting the chauffeur to move at a sluggish however continuous speed throughout terrain. Backing that up is A-TRC, diverting torque to each corner as needed and adjusting to the owned ratio, be it high or low variety.
The off roadway ability is provided additional zest with technique and departure angles of 36 and 31 degrees, ground clearance of 224 mm and a side or break over angle of 29 degrees. The big tires,, together with the near 2700mm wheelbase include muscle to the Cruiser's strength.
On the road it's peaceful inside the generally selected cabin, with tire holler silenced till you push hard into a turn. It's also a smart idea to prepare about a couple of seconds before hand, as the tires, being a double function setup, aren't a fan of being told to turn difficult on tarmac.
Being a high sidewall height assists absorb bump/thump and provides a smooth compliant flight.
Acceleration is leisurely when under way, with a peak torque of 380Nm, though it needs a serious prod of the pedal to provoke some enjoyment in changing gears, with the engine and exhaust discharging a rather monotone drone.
Seating is comfortable, encouraging and quickly adjustable whilst the dash is merely laid out with black on white dials.
Design sensible, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is not suddenly creative; the cabin has rubber floor covering and water repellent coating on the seats in line with its ostensibly off roadway intents and there's interesting additional quirk with the rear suicide doors.
Product packaging is clever with a general length of 4670mm it's not huge yet spacious with a huge amount of rear freight space and shoulder space.
Once the main doors are opened, a little lever to the fore of the rear doors opens and swings them back, making access to the backs a lot easier. The tailgate is a side swinger and includes the rear vision video camera embedded in the spare wheel cover plus an upward hinging glass window.
The outside is an intentional harkening back to the original FJ, with the grille and headlights a practically carbon copy.
The body colour on the test automobile was a bright yellow, with the palette carried into the cabin.
The front window was fitted with 3 wipers, keeping the near vertical screen clean but absolutely nothing might be done about the distracting reflection from the within.
The downside of retro is the usage of really low-cost looking brushed alloy plastic highlights around the aircon vents, they look dreadful.
Once again, it's a minimalist appearance which does not entirely work however it is ergonomic and permits the touchscreen home entertainment system/satnav to mix reasonably well into the vertically styled dash.
The FJ continued the solid off road history that Toyota is famous for and mixes in a great deal of electronic smartness to assist a less skilled bush chauffeur.
It's an enjoyable ride that, for the a lot of part, overcomes a couple of peculiarities but certainly contributes to the household timeline.
Unfortunately in May it was exposed that Australia will not see the FJ Cruiser, with production ceasing in August of 2016.
Priced from $47,000, the 2016 Toyota FJ Cruiser is, in my opinion, an exceptionally well priced buy for the size, space and more importantly, the shown off roadway capability Toyota's 4WD family history has.