CHANGES FOR 2014:

– Trail Teams Edition dropped.

With no redesign or replacement in sight, the future for Toyota’s Wrangler competitor looks bleak going into 2014. The only change for the FJ Cruiser is the removal of its Trail Teams Edition trim.

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.

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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