'Final Edition' special marks the end of Toyota's retro SUV. Will you miss it?
There are plenty of SUVs about these days. State-of-the-art styling, advanced technology, premium interiors… they’re all very competitive.
If, however, none of that appeals to you, then Toyota still offers FJ Cruiser. Yes, the same FJ Cruiser that seems to have hung around since 2005.
But not for much longer. This is the last one Toyota’s making. This final edition – aptly named, um, the Final Edition – promises more than ever before. Available in an attention-grabbing beige paintjob with 20in wheels, there’s a 4.0-litre V6 under the bonnet paired with a five-speed automatic gearbox.
As that spec suggests, the FJ Cruiser has never made it to the UK, but did gain appreciation in America for its retro styling, originally created in homage to the iconic FJ40 off-roader from the 1960s. It was based on the Toyota 4Runner, but never shared the same success: the Cruiser was slow, cheaply made, expensive to run, difficult to park – you get the idea.
But it also made an impact in Japan, being released in right-hand drive in 2010. Japan will be the only country blessed with this Final Edition, too. The left-hand-drive model was discontinued in 2014, although many are still available through Toyota for up to $40,000.
There have been other FJ Cruiser specials over the years, including a TRD performance version and more off-road capable cars. But one thing’s stayed the same: its retro styling. A baton that Honda is only too happy to pick up if Toyota’s putting it down…