The FJ Cruiser is actually based on the Land Cruiser Prado platform. It started out as a concept car at the North American International Auto Show, with a design that was radically different than anything currently in production. The FJ Cruiser was never intended to go into production, but consumer demand was huge after the showing of the concept car.
The FJ Cruiser is powered by a 4 liter V6 engine. It comes standard with rear wheel drive, but four wheel drive is optional.
Price between $22,000 and $25,000, the FJ Cruiser competes with the Hummer H3, Nissan Xterra, and Jeep Wranger Unlimed, among others. It has a price advantage over most of its competition.
For performance enthusiasts, Toyota has made the FJ Cruiser TRD Special Edition package. It has an upgraded exhaust and suspension, among other parts. The package costs about $7,000 more than the regular trim models.
Sales have been good for the FJ Cruiser. Toyota has been averaging about 5,500 sales per month in the United States, which works out to over 60,000 a year.
The FJ Cruiser will be hitting the used market soon enough, as some of the early buyers start to trade in their vehicles for newer versions. Keep your eye out for listings on eBay for some really good deals.