So Long, Toyota FJ Cruiser

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Sometimes automakers quietly scuttle a car at the end of its run. Others throw a last hurrah, like the Volkswagen New Beetle Final Edition. Toyota, it seems, took a page from the latter playbook with the FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Ultimate Edition, which signals an end to the SUV's eight-model-year run. It hits dealerships in February 2014.

Toyota will build just 2,500 Trail Teams Ultimate Editions, which the automaker calls the "toughest and most capable FJ ever." The trim sports its own paint — a unique white grille frame and TTUE-specific blue — plus an off-road suspension with Toyota Racing Development springs and Bilstein race shocks, a quarter-inch-thick skid plate, rock rails, a roof rack and 16-inch alloy wheels with massive BF Goodrich A/T KO tires.

Regular versions of the 2014 FJ Cruiser, which is available with rear- or four-wheel drive, are on sale now. The TTUE comes only with four-wheel drive, but Toyota has yet to specify pricing.

So long, FJ. Poetry isn't our forte, so we'll keep the eulogy to the basics. The throwback SUV arrived at dealerships in March 2006, and a few months later, we declared it pretty damn fun. Fans will no doubt mourn that Toyota has mentioned no plans to redesign the FJ, which has served repeat nominations on Cars.com's Lifestyle Awards for Off-Roaders. But sales never caught on — the result of horrible visibility, a cramped interior, trucklike ride and EPA combined gas mileage in the teens. In 2012, shoppers bought more than three 4Runners and nearly 13 RAV4s for every FJ Cruiser, and sales ended the year at just 13,656. They'll likely end 2013 below that; sales through October are down 3 percent.

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By Kelsey Mays | November 6, 2013 | Comments (6)

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Soakee

The end of the ugliest car being sold today - a sincere "THANK YOU" Toyota fur putting this monstrosity out of our misery.

Holmes

Such a fun, unique truck. Its too bad production is being stopped. There are too many standard looking cross overs and hybrids that pollute the roads today. The FJ cruiser has character. You cant say that about many cars or trucks these days.

ck1

Soakee get a life

Den Mother

Obviously Soakee has never even driven one. I owned two and will mourn the Passing of the FJ, I was hoping for a 4 door version, to shut up all those Wrangler people.

upinover

best vehicles I have ever owned, my 2008 went over 100,000 miles with no issues, it drove like the day I drove it out of the dealer and the new owner is still driving it trouble free. My 2014 is awesome so far, best vehicles I have ever owned and my friends who own Jeeps love the FJ more but won't spend the extra dough. I will keep this one until they decide to bring it back again.
SOAKEE you do need to get a life!!!!

FJ TT

It takes all 'kinds '~soakee ~ ?
Have you seen the Average commercial?
Whats your ideal vehicle, silver honda ?

While not the most ideal or practical vehicle, I LOVE my 2010 FJ, easily 10 times more than my previous wrangler.

(61 year old male )

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