Old fave comes out of the toy box

The retro-in­spired FJ Cruiser pays fun but fit­ting homage to a Toy­ota icon

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

STU­ART MARTIN

stu­art.martin@cars­guide.com.au IT says Toy­ota on the front, not Tonka. And no, you can’t buy spare parts at the Lego shop.

This is a 21st-cen­tury in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a Toy­ota clas­sic, the orig­i­nal FJ40 Land­Cruiser, and the fifth model in Toy­ota’s 4WD­line- up is no school-run spe­cial. Its FJ-in­spired fea­tures in­clude an­gu­lar lines, round head­lights set ei­ther side of a wide mesh grille, an up­right wind­screen with three wiper blades, white roof and wrap-around, rearcorner win­dows.

VALUE Sitting in the mid-$40,000 range puts it right in the heart of the ex­ten­sive small-tomedium SUV ter­rain, but there’s few within cooee of it in terms of4WD abil­ity. This re­ally is some­thing dif­fer­ent.

The 4.0-litre V6 five-speed auto (shared with HiLux and Prado) is the only driv­e­train; the equip­ment list in­cludes Blue­tooth au­dio and phone link, power front win­dows, 17-inch al­loy wheels (in­clud­ing full-size spare slung on the back door), rear fog lamps, rear park­ing sen­sors, cruise con­trol, air­con­di­tion­ing and MP3/USB eight-speaker sound that uses the roof liner as an ac­tive part of the sound sys­tem.

TECH­NOL­OGY The di­rect-in­jec­tion V6 petrol pow­er­plant of­fers 200kW and 380Nm (with 310Nm spin­ning from 1200rpm), chan­nelled via the five-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion to a part-time 4WD sys­tem that also has a rear dif­fer­en­tial lock and a switch­able trac­tion con­trol

Hon­est: The Cruiser makes no bones at all about its true in­tent, and off-road it all works nicely

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