A vehicle like this 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser will always be in-demand
It combines the retro-cool looks of Toyota’s best 4x4s with modern comforts and fuel-injected power. And it’s especially nice to find a loaded example where they made big investments in making sure its off-road prowess can live up to its legendary style.
The front design is unmistakably inspired by the long-running FJ40 Land Cruiser. The khaki green with a white roof really borrows that style, too. In fact, the factory Army Green is a cool name to set the right attitude for this 4×4. After all, it looks like it’s ready to lead a reconnaissance mission. There’s a coordinated array of upgrades that give it this robust attitude. It starts with the ARB full steel bumper, TRD steel skid plate, and Toyota steel rock sliders. Plus, the eight-foot Baja Rack is one of the most versatile additions that allows you to mount canoes, kayaks, a pop-up tent, or whatever you love best for an adventure. And you can just tell this one knows how to be a great explorer with the 8000lb Warn winch, a rear trailer hitch, and Hella lights that can practically turn night into day. And as much as this one has the right investments for an adventurer. The quality of the paint, body, and overall presentation feels more like a tucked-away future classic than a trail runner.
The exterior shows off a ton of function within the style, and that attitude continues inside. You have two full doors for a sporty look, but there are also two half doors to make access to the rear seats a breeze. The whole interior appears well-kept and loaded. So you get the best in modern features like power windows, power locks, keyless entry/alarm, cruise control, tinted windows, cup holder center console, and cold-blowing air conditioning. This retro-cool car also has the best in safety with stability control, anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, and side airbags. There are the right rugged features for true 4×4 use, like grab handles, the optional inclinometer, and a full textured rubber flooring – including the rear cargo area. As you look over the full package, you’ll also spot nice upgrades, like lockable storage under the center armrest and a front-facing camera. Plus, you now have an AM/FM/CD/XM touchscreen infotainment system that runs the Bluetooth, satellite navigation, and premium JBL speaker system.
Under the hood is the original motor for this FJ Cruiser, and Toyota’s 4.0-liter V6 is an ideal powerhouse. It comes from a long line of robust powerplants, but this is also so modern that it’s still in use today. It has fuel injection, multi-valves, and DOHC to deliver good acceleration around town. Plus, there’s an AFE intake and TRD exhaust. So it also really gives you the big torque to get you through the rough terrain. And speaking of off-road, the two-speed transfer case gives you true go-anywhere 4×4 ability. And this is enhanced further with a Rocky Road Outfitters lift kit including control arms and shocks. The 17-inch wheels have deep treads on the newer BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. But more than just good on the trail, an SUV like this was built to be comfortable in any situation. Power steering, four-wheel power disc brakes, and a five-speed automatic transmission w/overdrive make this as comfortable as a commuter.
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