Found what I was looking for!
I like the FJ Cruiser because it allows more room in the back seat to get my grand kids in and out of vs. my Jeep Wrangler and also provides plenty of cargo space as well. The 4 wheel drive is also very important to me.
The Last Car I Will Ever Own/Perfection
I have owned a BMW, Cadillac, Suburban, Durango, Expedition, minivan, Acura MDX, And the list goes on. I feel like Goldilocks and have found the Perfect vehicle. First of all I loved it when it first came out in 2007 and ever since, when I saw one driving down the road I thought that is the coolest, quirkiest, most unique vehicle in the road. I had the budget to buy a fancier vehicle, and opted instead for the AcuraMDX which was more than double the sticker price for a fully loaded FJ Cruiser. The MDX was great don’t get me wrong, but it’s a street car and not meant for off roading. The FJ Cruiser is the real deal and two years ago when I saw a 2014 army green one for sale at our local Toyota dealership w/only 15k miles on it! I went in and bought it! To say I LOVE this vehicle is an understatement! I literally switched from a two door coupe BMW 328i, and my life has changed ever since! Because I now had a bullet Proof car with endless combinations of storage, I realized I could get a dog! I got two and we go on treks all over California in it now with my pups! I ski and fly fish and this car takes you places I could have never imagined with absolute confidence! Everywhere I go people ask me about my car, whether it is a ten year old kid selling lemonade or an older person at the market! What kind of car is that? Or if they know about it they gush about all If it’s benefits! First of all within the second month of owning it I was driving on highway 101 in a freak rain storm and within ten minutes I witnessed and avoided three car accidents. I realized that had I been in my BMW, I probably would not be alive nor writing this comment. It handled so confidentially and effortlessly negotiated me across four lanes to avoid a car that had flipped right next to me and one that was spinning out of control in front of me. You feel like you are in a vault of security! Next it’s easy to clean and you can literally hose it out if you wanted to. I call it my Apocalyptic Zombie Mobile. With all the fires and floods this is a car that can navigate you out and away from hazards most typical street cars could not. It’s a blast to drive! I smile from ear to ear every moment I am behind the wheel, Loving the quirky unique character, the simplicity of the large easy to see and handle knobs. Have you ever heard the term KISS? Keep it simple stupid! Well Toyota did this in spades. It is so easy to drive! Initially one of the reasons I opted for the Acura MDX was due to my bad driving record in reverse, the blind spots due to a massive pillar in the back side intimidated me. In reality I should have been more confident because using the back up sensors in combination with my back up Camera, I can squeeze into spots and parallel park with surprising ease. Every time I go to get my oil changed the service guys at the Toyota dealership ask if I want to sell My car. Last time I was there they told me I could Probably sell it for $40k... the demand is on the rise, especially for the 2014’s the last year they sold them in the US and they have a more Powerful engine and wiring that is less enticing to rats. I think they only sold something like less than 12,000. While I might not be betting the farm that this will Be a classic, There are several articles in car magazines that might beg to differ. Haggerty’s had an article that said it might already be one, in any case, all I know ? I’m keeping mine forever! It’s the most fun, most reliable utterly unique vehicle on the road. Ok gas mileage is not going to compete with a Tesla but at 18-22, and my environmentally conscious lifestyle in every other way allows me to justify keeping this forever! Not only would I recommend this to a friend, I have a friend who is in the hunt for one right now, unfortunately for her she is going to pay too Dollar, but in the flip side it will Hold it’s value better then any other car in the market. The prices are holding steady and it is listed as one of the top Vehicles for holding its original value! Wow why am I not surprised? If you are one of those people who is brand conscious and insist on driving a Range Rover ? Go ahead! My boyfriend is a car buff and he laughs at people that drive them because they have massive price tags and are always in the shop! For those of us who like to March to the beat of a different drum, take the path less travelled, whether you are an artist, an off road enthusiast, a skier, or a fly fisherman, this may be just right!
Most reliable and fun vehicle I've ever owned
I've owned many different vehicles and I can confidently say FJ Cruiser is the most fun, coolest and reliable 4x4 I've ever owned. To get to the rear seats is a little tight but I rarely had anyone in the back seats.