Well, there was some speculation as to wether the photos of the FJ Cruiser taking on the Rubicon Trail were merely publicity photos or perhaps even photoshopped (Please read This Thread for reference). However, this document from Toyota contains quotes from Bill Burke @ 4-Wheeling America:
18 miles. 3 days. 1 goal. Conquering the Rubicon Trail.
Knowing what I know about Toyota's integrity for building durable and trailworthy off-road vehicles, I was still a bit skeptical taking a new, unproven and bone stock vehicle over one of America's toughest 4WD routes. I was sure the new FJ would perform well, I just wasn't sure it would be able to take the "lumps" that the Rubicon would deliver! I was worried we'd be stranded with lots of field repair and recovery to get us off the trail. However, in the end my fears proved unjustified, as the FJ performed well beyond my expectations! We stacked a few rocks along the way, strapped a couple of times and used the high-lift jack once or twice, but the FJ literally walked through the Rubicon. The rear locker in combination with the traction control and real transfer case made the FJ easier to drive, and more capable when it came to overcoming tough rocks, climbs and muddy sections with ease.
The new FJ has all the attributes and heritage of the proven Land Cruiser line -- strong skid plate protection; strong, flexible and supporting suspension; and a reliable and efficient engine and drivetrain. Attention to the details of the approach, departure, and break-over angles follow the tradition of the FJ-40 line.
I would own one of these rigs!
Bill Burke, 4-Wheeling America LLC
scans of the document are attached, click images for full size goodness.