Sometimes it takes a tremendous challenge to discover how good you can be. For the Toyota FJ Cruiser, that challenge cam one summer day back in 1951 when the first Toyota Land Cruiser, then called the BJ, started up the side of Mt Fuji. Scrambling ultimately to a spot designated Checkpoint No 6, it accomplished a feat no other vehicle in history had managed to achieve. The triumph not only demonstrated the extraordinary capabilities of Toyota’s new SUV, but also marked the birth of a legend. Today, more than 50 years and four million Land Cruisers later, the Toyota FJ Cruiser proudly carries the torch of Toyota’s storied off-road-legacy.
To help you survive the Michigan trails in maximum comfort, the driver’s seat of the Toyota FJ Cruiser is adjustable eight ways. And when it comes to loading or unloading passengers and cargo, the front passenger seat’s new design allows it to fold farther forward, while the two full-size passenger doors and two rear access doors offer added flexibility. Once you get back from the Michigan north, the doors’ wide-open functionality also makes removal of dust and debris from the easy-clean interior a breeze. With so much adaptability, you could say the Toyota FJ Cruiser is highly evolved.
After five decades of off-road experience, Toyota knows a few things about making vehicles that are capable and durable. And FJ Cruiser is the latest beneficiary of this proud heritage. Its V6 engine features Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). Cranking out 260 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque, it has the muscle to take on Michigan hunting and camping trails. Add to that an available 6-speed manual transmission with 2-speed transfer case and an electronically controlled locking rear differential, and FJ Cruiser possesses impressive off-road capability. Solid body-on-frame construction keeps the FJ Cruiser rigid, which helps the suspension do its work. The independent front suspension system delivers nearly eight inches of wheel travel, while the 4-link rear suspension with lateral rod offers more than nine inches. In short: On rocks, it rocks!
Back on the Michigan highways, the Toyota FJ Cruiser Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) adjusts engine power and braking to help the vehicle maintain the direction in which it has been steered, while Traction Control (TRAC) helps reduce slipping when accelerating. In the end, while the Michigan roads and terrain may be uncertain, you can always count on the quality and reliability of the Toyota FJ Cruiser.