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Toyota FJ Cruiser

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  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    Yes, the one I drove was a bit over $25K. The main option was the Power Package which included power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, remote entry and security system. It did have a few other options too, unfortunately I don't remember what they were. In any event, the total options on the one I drove was around $2K. If you go the Nissan News site you can find pricing on the Xterra. 4x4 models actually start ~ $22.9K.

    Bob
  • jbonejbone Posts: 35
    plus the Off-Road xterra goes for close to $27K, which if supposed to competitively priced is WAY too high IMO. I'd go for a Rubicon TJ b/4 paying that.

    I am hoping Toyota comes in around the low to mid 20s max. Currently researching for the purchase of a new TJ Unlimited but now I will wait for the FJ-C to come out to compare.
  • Like the Mini, I hope toyota offers both the white roof, and the option of no white roof. The FJ would be a compromise for my wife. If its only available with the white roof, which she thinks is a little too unusual, ir could be a deal breaker for us. Otherwise, when it comes down to it, if it looks just like the pics released, it would be just fine with me. I even find the 3 wipers interesting. It would also be nice if they offered a factory winch, like in the concept pics.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    does it have three wipers anyway? Is it just because the glass is wide but short in height?

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    plus the Off-Road xterra goes for close to $27K, which if supposed to competitively priced is WAY too high IMO. I'd go for a Rubicon TJ b/4 paying that.

    I don't see it as a Rubicon competitor. I see it as a Liberty competitor. I'd buy the Xterra over any Jeep.

    Bob
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    isn't $27K bordering on Pathfinder territory? I agree that is overpriced for XTerra, and will be for FJ too if Toyota prices it that high.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    isn't $27K bordering on Pathfinder territory?

    I'm sure there may be some overlap; top Xterras & base Pathfinders. I don't have problem with that. They share most of the same running gear.

    Bob
  • "The FJ would be a compromise for my wife. If its only available with the white roof, which she thinks is a little too unusual, ir could be a deal breaker for us."

    haha. I feel the same way.
  • It is worth more than the "FJ".

    Comparing any 2-door SUV to a 4-door is not well thought out.

    SUVs are for friends and family too. Your friends and family will say "Why did you get a 2-door?" And "What's with the white elephant, I mean roof?"

    And you'll say "Hey, it looks like this!"

    And they'll laugh.

    And point.

    And laugh.

    DrFill
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    I believe the FJ Cruiser is 4-doors, with the rear doors being the suicide-type found on extended cab pickups and the Honda Element.

    Bob
  • And consider this: how often do you really have more than one adult-sized passenger? I have a four-door SUV now and use the back seat to carry an adult maybe once per 100 times I drive the car. As Bob mentioned, the FJ does have rear doors.

    The first time I saw a pickup truck painted red over light gray, or a tan Wrangler with a dark brown top, or a blue convertible with a tan top, I might have looked twice. But not in a bad way. They definately grew on me.
  • "SUVs are for friends and family too. Your friends and family will say "Why did you get a 2-door?"

    And I will say "Because I don't have to drive you around. Now get your own."

    And I will laugh.

    And point.

    And laugh.
  • LOL
  • Toyota may not score with the mom crowd who has to deal with putting little kids in car seats in the back, with the door situation on the FJ. But, I still think it will do very well with others who don't have little kids, singles, dads who don't usually take the kids, and people looking for an interesting third car that is durable, well priced, and compliments their "active lifestyle." Liberty, xterrra, wrangler unlimited, will get a run for sure. Again, I'd be surprised if you can only get one with the white roof. In any event, by the second years, I'll bet the color situation will be flexible.
  • 4rider4rider Posts: 96
    Exactly. Plesase Moms, no car seats allowed in this cool SUV.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    is an appropriate comparison because despite the door situation, the two are:
    - the only two models out there that are fully body-on-frame compact SUVs (Liberty claims to get the same torsional rigidity from a "frame-in-unibody")

    - both have about the same passenger space inside, and very similar running gear

    - both target younger buyers, generally male, generally NOT family folks (similar to the Element in mission)

    - both are much more capable as offroad/4WDs than any of the other similarly sized SUVs on the market.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • "the only two models out there that are fully body-on-frame compact SUVs....both are much more capable as offroad/4WDs than any of the other similarly sized SUVs on the market."

    ^ Someone else forgot the Kia Sorento.

    And the upcoming Hummer H3

    That makes 4.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    thanks, but I haven't forgotten the Kia. It runs around on passenger radials, and despite its very heavy design for a people-mover, is only a people-mover in mission. No available locking diff, no raised suspension, no wide tires. If it truly has a low-range as someoneelse mentioned to me, I am surprised that Kia would choose to put that in given the Sorento's obvious on-pavement bias.

    As for H3, well I haven't forgotten it, it just isn't here yet. When it does get here, you are right, the class will expand to three.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • Seems that the F J Crusier will be at the New York Auto show at the end of March so I can see it in person. Would they show the interior or is it going to be the same vehicle as Chicago?
  • Blog entry on FJ Crusier at Autoblog:
    www.autoblog.com/entry/1234000050030908/

    I'm excited about this vehicle... I've owned 3 Toyota Trucks, 2 Tercels, 2 MR2's, 1 Sienna, 1 Echo - but always wanted an FJ. I'm seriously considering this vehicle to replace my BMW X5. When I bought my X5, I really wanted to buy the 4Runner - but just couldn't warm up to it's appearance. Sacrificed off-roading ability since I really just needed something to get through snow with no chains.
  • Considering that the FJ is a bit bulky, I think that it'll be a safer ride than the Xterra.... also, 2-doors (ok it has 4 but 2 of them are rather small) seem to always be safer than 4 doors, crash tests aside.

    As for the Kia/H3.... I really wouldn't consider either of them as real contenders.

    -The H3 will have the 220 hp 5 cylinder from the Colorado, and you can bet that it'll weigh more. Also, it's set to start over 30k.... not a good value

    -The Kia is just a people hauler. Period. It's cute, but it lacks certain stuff that off roaders need. But, it'll probably be better on road
  • Please, somebody go, ask questions about how close what is there will be to the real thing, the price, and release date, and post some good pics!
  • A guy over on autoblog.com just posted that his dealer is already taking $1k down payments, and he made his deposit. This poster is a 50 year old FJ enthusist, ready to turn in his old rig for this one. I have a feeling this vehicle will sell well to the same market the Honda Element does - the 40 and 50 somethings. Much of the target market just doesn't have the cash for a new vehicle - reasonably priced or not. This just may be my 10th Toyota!
  • Went over to toyota.com and registered my preference for the vertical door handles and the double hung side mirrors.

    The FAQ section has a question for more info about the FJ Cruiser, which Toyota answered mainly with mechanical specs and safety features.

    When I buy a vehicle I have to be able to fit in it since I am 6'3".

    So I asked Toyota about internal dimensions which should be final by now whether or not everything is production ready:

    1. driver legroom
    2. cargo length when rear seats are folded down.

    and other questions.

    We shall see if the ?s are answered. If so, I will post them here, and it will encourage others to take a shot at toyota.com for their questions.

    gringo1
  • "I have a feeling this vehicle will sell well to the same market the Honda Element does - the 40 and 50 somethings. Much of the target market just doesn't have the cash for a new vehicle - reasonably priced or not"

    I don't know about that. Im 33, the FJ will be my first new car purchase, and its not because I never had the cash, its because everything out there (besides the VehiCross) made me yawn, everything was a compromise between appearance, quality, price, and size.

    So all I can say is, its about time! Easiest purchase ever.
  • Is it just me or are prices already creeping higher? Notice at the start of the article it mentions an estimated base price of $23,000 (probably a stripped 2-wheel drive) and then later states "..an Xterra-like price in the mid-$20,000 range, at least to start." Xterras have gotten pricey IMO. This is starting to sound like a 4x4 with the 6-speed manual and a few options like cruise and side airbags might be pushing $26,000 with destination and delivery... not good!
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    I'm sure it will be priced within pennies of the Xterra.

    Bob
  • If the FJ comes in at no more than $26k even, completely decked out, and obviously less for more basic versions, it will sell well for the long haul. Much more, and I think people will balk at what will be high monthly payments for a somewhat specialized/quirky vehicle.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    "I'm sure it will be priced within pennies of the Xterra."

    $23K minimum. XTerras have gotten pricey - I agree. I am hoping that the fact that FJ is a 2-door and more basic in equipment levels will mean it is a couple thousand $$ less than XTerra.
    I am also hoping that a basic 4x4 6-speed FJ will go for $22K, with offroad and "luxury" packages each going for about $1500. The luxury package can have all that stuff like side airbags and cruise, etc etc. The offroad package can include better suspension and tires, and the locking diff.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

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