Toyota's latest volley in the SUV war, the 2007 FJ Cruiser, is powered by the same engine found in the Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner: a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 that makes 239 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. The FJ Cruiser, which is inspired by the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, goes on sale in late March.
Toyota told Inside Line that prices will not be announced until January, but it estimates the FJ Cruiser will be priced around $25,000. The base 4x2 FJ Cruiser is available only with a five-speed automatic transmission. FJ Cruiser 4x4 models can be equipped with either a five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. The manual-transmission model has a clutch-start cancel switch on the dash that allows the vehicle to be started in gear without depressing the clutch.
The two-wheel-drive FJ Cruiser with an automatic transmission gets 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 22 miles per gallon on the highway, according to an EPA estimate. The 4x4 FJ Cruiser with a manual gets 16 miles per gallon in city driving and 19 miles per gallon on the highway.
Options include a multi-information display with a compass, temperature gauge, and "inclinometer" on the top of the dash. A top-of-the-line FJammer AM/FM audio system has an in-dash six-disc CD changer and a 7.9-inch subwoofer in the rear cargo compartment.