LikeAutomotive ~ a lot of automotive purchases are based strictly on practicality, let’s face it most folks just need a simple easy to drive vehicle, but this is not one of those. Meet the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser trail teams ultimate Edition. Now this is the last special Edition attire is putting out before the FJ joins the great junk yard in the sky at the end of this year. But that’s enough for me talking let’s get out there and get our money.
These to make sure that you’re ready to tackle the elements, the FJ Cruisers four liter v6 put their 260 horsepower, and 271 pound-feet of torque. That power can be sent through either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Are after is an automatic model and has a fully selectable transfer case, which means that you can run into high 4.high or in low gearing, fuel economy for the Toyota FJ, is rated at seventy miles per gallon in the city, 20 miles per gallon on the highway, for a combined total 18 miles per gallon. Pricing on the 2014 FJ starts at $28540. But order trail teams Ultimate Edition like we have here, the price will climb to $37,455.
So what makes this 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition so special anyways, well it starts with the suspension, up front get a pair of 66 millimeter shock assemblies along with TRD race coil springs. Those raise up the front and the little bit, and give this after a nice leveled off stance. Now held back there’s a pair of fifty millimeter shocks with both come with remote reservoirs to decrease damping fate. The ultimate Edition also gets unique looks, it gets that heritage blue paint, black accent on the bumper and on the roof rack as well as the mir and of course that white grille surround. Now I think the FJ Cruisers one of the most unique vehicles on the road today and when you put it together just like we have in this Ultimate Edition, it looks rugged and it looks ready to tackle the trails.
unlike some other so-called rugged vehicle, the FJ keep this message consistent inside and out and I’ll tell you why. In here you get big rubber floor mats you get plastic door sills, you get cloth seats, you get hard plastics everywhere. Which most the time I would complain about. But I miss vehicle the message is clear and simple. let’s go have fun in the dirt.
After I go out and get money I don’t feel bad jumping in this interior, because I know that it’s going to be in easy clean up afterwards. Now granted for a vehicle the cost almost $40,000 it is a little sparse in here, there’s no touch screen, there’s no navigation, isn’t even a fuel economy readout. In terms of design interiors just as unique as the exterior you get these big gear shift to lectures which is beyond nice the median your hand, and of course you get these three gauges up on the dash, which deliver all your vital information and again sort of set this after a part. When it comes to storage in FJ, it’s actually not bad. You get this center console been down here, of course you get the glove box and then you also get this cubby appear on the dashboard. Which is actually really easy to reach, and you gotta climb into the back seats you have to deal with those annoying suicide doors but once you get back there things are actually not bad, and they’re pretty hospitable even for a full size adult.
So driving on a road with the FJ is when you really start to see some other cracks. Now the biggest thing and the first thing on notice is the visibility is bad. Now has the small little wind shield the b-pillar their big the rear window was a really small, and to top it off the mir’s are actually quite small to. It’s just a tough vehicle to see out. Of course you can manage but it makes highway driving a lot more teen years and a little more dangerous.Corner unit F dated also bad, you get quite a bit a body roll because at the height because the suspension setup but it also just turn like a brick. If you have to do a u-turn you better expect to be doing at least the seven-point turn. Trust me I on the positive side however the engine does have good power get you up the highway speed pretty quickly and there is a nice backup camera that’s hidden drayt on side the rear view mirror. So it does make reversing a little bit easier.
Steering feel and hear is actually pretty solid, and it makes a vehicle feelplanted, but overall hefty just feels like a big lumbering giant, it doesn’t like to turn, but let’s face it. Cruising on the asphalt is not what this vehicle was designed to do. This thing is all about getting dirty.
So when it comes to leaving the road, this alternation has all the off-road goodies, of course as proper transfer case so you can put it in the low here. But it also has paired with a track traction control for them along with crawl control hill descent control and a proper rear locking differential. I want to stick it in for low and you turn on that locking dear you feel like this thing could crawl over a mountain that or is just great. This poor leader has really brought porker. So down low you get this really great pulling power. It also doesn’t hurt that you get 9.6 inches above ground clearance, a 34 degree approach angle and a thirty one degree departure angle. It just in case you get a little to post a rock on the trail, if Ultimate Edition is fit with a nice kid play it up front.
Have a grip it provided by BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, may do a great job hang on we’ve been crashing through the mud here today, even caked in mud the tread still find a way to get down to the ground and police SUV up and over hills.
Every single thing that we threw at the cafe today in handle with he’s this, vehicle was designed to be of growth and that’s exactly what it does best so all I can say good job Toyota. this thing is a kind a fun and I can crash around the bush all.
So let’s face it this SUV isn’t that practical, it’s hard to see I love and it turned like a battle ship. So why would you want to buy one, what I can tell you that it has everything to do with soul. The unique style if the FJ just gives its so much charisma and after a week with his vehicle, I found myself completely overlooking all its faults and just falling in love with. Now on top of that it’s also a very capable off-road machine. So if you’re willing and able to overlook all those little problems, I guarantee you that the FJ will return nothing but smiles.