Toyota FJ Cruiser
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Make: Toyota
Model: FJ Cruiser
Toyota FJ Cruiser

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a retro-style compact Sport Utility Vehicle produced by Toyota that was introduced as a concept vehicle at the 2003 Chicago Auto Show. It was also released in production form at the North American International Auto Show. The FJ Cruiser faces competition from the Nissan Xterra, the Hummer H3, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, the Suzuki Grand Vitara and the new Dodge Nitro. A base model will run the buyer between $21,910 and $24,145. Thus, the model is quite affordable for the segment to which it belongs. It hit the market in early 2006 as a 2007 model and features designs reminiscent of the original Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers from the 1960s. It takes cues from the old model's front end and wrap around rear windows. It is built upon the Land Cruiser Prado platform, which is also used by the victorious Toyota 4Runner. The FJ Cruiser is made exclusively for the North American market. In fact, the FJ cruiser was not originally created for production, but due to the enormously positive consumer response about the car following the North American International Auto Show, production was inevitable. It began in early 2006. All of the FJ Cruiser models are built by Hino Motors in Hamura, Japan. At 183.9 inches in length, the FJ Cruiser is the longest compact SUV on the market in North America. It is situated between the smaller RAV4 and the mid-size Highlander. It is also Toyota's only current vehicle to use the name TOYOTA spelled out across the grille instead of the corporate emblem. This is just another nod to the classic FJ40 and to the older Toyotas before the introduction of the emblem in the early 1990s. This is a classic Toyota model that looks cool, drives great, and if history is any indication, it will last for quite a while mechanically.

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