Old fave comes out of the toy box
The retro-inspired FJ Cruiser pays fun but fitting homage to a Toyota icon
firstname.lastname@example.org 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