2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser

I have always loved the Toyota FJ Cruiser.  It looks like so much fun to drive on a beach, and is like a Japanese Jeep Wrangler.  It is honestly a timeless design, and has a bit of retro in it that ages so well.  

So because of this, the FJ Cruiser is a very unique vehicle even though it is in the same family as the Jeep Wrangler.  Given the nature of this particular segment, there is no need to really focus on luxury or anything super appealing for comforts sake.  This makes cars like the 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser so much fun.

Toyota did want to cancel plans for this off roader, but public demand and its massive fan base kept the flame alive.  Which is very good, because without the FJ Cruiser, the Wrangler would have barely any competition, which also means that no car would be pushing the Wrangler to be better.

Again, I’ve always been a fan of the Toyota FJ Cruiser.  While it’s not sporty by any means and doesn’t look super modern, it is one of the most under rated vehicles out there.  I want to buy one and go to the beach everyday with it.

The Exterior-2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser:

2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser

  As I said before, the exterior of the 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser is fantastic. Im sure it was originally designed to get redesigned a lot sooner than it did, but again, some designs are completely timeless.  

The FJ Cruiser has great wheel clearance and the fenders have that famous black plastic trim to accentuate the off road feel of the 2017 FJ Cruiser as well.  The headlights and grille are a classic shape, and the side mirrors are big so that you can see behind the massive vehicle.  The 2017 Toyota isn’t exactly athletic or aggressive, but it is capable looking.  

2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser rear view

The rear of the 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser echos what we see in the front as well.  A no-nonsense off roader.  There are a huge host of people who modify their FJ Cruisers to fit what they do with it.  Many put more aggressive bars on the front and those big spot lights, much like what people do to Wranglers.

The Interior-2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser:

2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser interior

The interior of the 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser isn’t boldly impressive, but the charm is all there.  It’s plain, retro and functional.  All it needs to be.  

Much like the Wrangler, there is a lever for what drive you want to be in (four wheel drive low or high) and there is a lever for shifting the gear.

Everything inside is designed to be functional, and purely fit its purpose.  A classic 6 speaker audio system is inside, and can connect to an MP3 Player or you can insert a CD. Classic stuff.

2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser trunkThere is plenty of legroom in the back for passengers, making it comfortable and capable. You can fit five adults inside the 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser.  

The Performance-2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser:

The performance of the 2017 Toyota Fj Cruiser is not found on the track or drag strip or even the way it drives; It is found in the mud, sand and the elements.  There are three engine options for the 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser, and each happen to be four liter V6’s.

The first option does 260 horsepower and pulls 270 pound feet of torque, which is plenty.  The second option does 280 horsepower and a complimentary 290 pound feet of torque.  Finally, a supercharged V6 produces 320 horses and 400 pound feet of torque if you need it.

Torque is the dominate figure here, as that is what pulls the 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser, which kind of determines if it is good at what it was made for.

Toyota mates the various V6 engines to a five speed manual or five speed automatic for the 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser.  There is plenty of power for whatever you might need your FJ Cruiser to do, and you’ll look great doing it.

The Specs-2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser:

Vehicle Type: SUV/4X4
Power Plant: V6
Gearbox: 5 speed auto/5 speed manual
Power: 260 HP-320 HP
MPG: Not Available
Torque: 270 Lb-ft – 400 lb-ft.
Length: Not Available
Width: Not Available
Height: Not Available
Wheelbase: Not Available
Top Speed: Not Available
Seating: 5 -7 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): Not Available
Base Price: $27,000

 

Sum It Up:

I do wish we could see more of the 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser, as it was a charming four by four for pretty much anyone who liked to go to the beach.  Perhaps Toyota will bring the FJ Cruiser back from the dead in the future, but as for now they are focusing their forces on the upcoming Toyota Supra.  This is completely understandable; I just hope it’s not the end of the line for the great 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser.

 

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