CHANGES FOR 2013:

– Auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated monitor and backup camera becomes standard on all trims.
– Off-Road Package on six-speed manual adds integrated garage door opener.
– Off-Road Package on five-speed automatic adds integrated garage door opener, four-wheel crawl control system, and an overhead console box.
– Urban Package on five-speed automatic adds integrated garage door opener and upgraded 120V/400W power outlet.

As an homage to the Land Cruiser of decades past, the Toyota FJ Cruiser is a success. It’s a capable off-roader and looks the part, but certain aspects of the design, like large blind spots, make it a bit of a chore to drive in city traffic. An “urban” option package mitigates that some, with the addition of a back-up warning system. This year, all FJs get a standard auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integrated back-up camera monitor. The FJ is a tough truck, but delivers a surprisingly comfortable ride, making it a livable daily driver.

Designed for the North American market, the FJ Cruiser uses a full frame modified from the Tacoma pickup truck, and a 4.0-litre V6 engine with six-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic. When ordered with the six-speed manual, the FJ uses a full-time four-wheel drive system, while the automatic uses a part-time system.

The FJ Cruiser comes in a single trim line and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, Bluetooth connectivity, water-repellent fabric seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, power locks, power windows, three-spoke tilt steering wheel, rubber floor with all-weather floor mats, front tow hook, foldable exterior mirrors, flip-up rear hatch glass, splash guards, variable intermittent wipers, and rear washer/wiper.

An available Off-Road Package adds cargo mat, cruise control, keyless entry, roof rack, floating ball multi-information display, compass, outside temperature gauge, inclinometer, power mirrors with lamps, auto-dimming mirror with rearview camera, folding passenger armrest, integrated garage door opener. front and rear Bilstein shock absorbers and rear privacy glass. When added to the five-speed automatic, the Off-Road Package also adds four-wheel crawl control and an overhead console box.

The Trail Teams Special Edition adds 16-inch black wheels with all-terrain tires, matte black front grille, bumpers, door handles and mirrors, off-road roof lights with air dam, off-road rock rails, monotone exterior paint and colour-tuned interior.

When equipped with an automatic transmission, the FJ Cruiser can also be optioned with an Urban Package, which adds cargo mat, cruise control, keyless entry, floating ball multi-information display, compass, integrated garage door opener, outside temperature gauge, inclinometer, power mirrors with lamps, auto-dimming mirror with rearview camera, folding passenger armrest, privacy glass, JBL audio system with subwoofer, backup sensors, 120V/400W power outlet, running boards, leather-wrapped steering wheel and colour-keyed interior door trim.

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