2014 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER: If you’re interested in a new Toyota FJ Cruiser, the time is now, as 2014 will be the final model year for the iconic off-road vehicle. The latest FJ adds subtle updates and continues with four-wheel drive capability, standard locking rear differential, and comfortable Toyota everyday usability and reliability. Based on a modified Toyota 4Runner platform, the FJ Cruiser is available in rear-wheel or four-wheel configurations. The 4x4 offers a choice between a six-speed manual transmission and an electronically shifted five-speed automatic transmission, while the 4x2 model is equipped exclusively with the five-speed automatic. A powerful, responsive V-6 produces 260 horsepower, and a 5,000 pound maximum tow rating. All powertrain setups enable FJ Cruiser models to provide a broad torque curve that facilitates easy cruising on-or off-road. The FJ Cruiser's side access doors open 90 degrees in clamshell fashion for easy rear-seat entry/exit. The rear seatback is split 60/40, with folding (removable) bottom and back cushions that convert to a nearly flat cargo floor, providing 66.8 cu. ft. of cargo room. For off-road fans and growing families, the FJ Cruiser's five-passenger cabin uses floor surfaces covered with an easy-to-clean rubber-like material. Music versatility adds USB Port, iPod connectivity and XM satellite radio capability. The 2014 Trail Teams Ultimate Edition is a commemorative final special edition of the FJ Cruiser, limited to a 2,500 unit production run. It’s the toughest and most capable FJ ever and pays tribute to the iconic vehicle that will end its production run at the conclusion of the 2014 model year. CHICAGO AUTO SHOW FACT: It was nine years ago that Don Esmond, senior vice president and general manager, Toyota Division, unveiled the all-new 2007 FJ Cruiser sport utility vehicle at a Feb. 9, 2005 Chicago Auto Show press conference. The combination of off-road heritage, capability and design was inspired by the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 models from the 1960s into the 1980s.
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