2016 Toyota FJ Cruiser TRD

With its rugged throwback looks, spacious interior and comfortable yet go-anywhere ability, it should come as no surprise that the FJ Cruiser has become quite a popular model in the local market. The vehicle has won over many new fans into the Toyota stable, appealing to female drivers, some Jeep and Land Rover faithfuls, as well as a few that have never considered 4x4s until its arrival. The wide availability of aftermarket parts has also helped boost its popularity and it’s not uncommon to see a fully dressed up FJ Cruiser on the streets or in car shows.


In time with the arrival of TRD accessories for the new Fortuner and Hilux, so too have TRD options for the FJ Cruiser been launched. Toyota Motor Philippines even had their own test unit dressed up in full kit, so we thought we’d borrow it for a few days for a test drive.

With already such an imposing façade, the full TRD kit serves only to further emphasize the FJ Cruiser’s rugged abilities. Underneath the front is a new aluminium skid plate with 'TRD' cut out. Riveted wheel arches bolt over the standard flairs, polished black wheels and all-terrain tires serve as the new shoes. Underneath the wheelbase is a new steel bar to serve as protection when going off-road. Behind the wheels are larger mudflaps and a sleek new tailpipe finisher. There’s also the optional TRD side graphic.


Inside is the same throwback interior that has seemingly been designed with hard core off-roaders in mind. No carpeted floors here, just an easy-to-clean rubber lined floorboard perfect for those muddy days on the trails. Indeed, there’s an abundance of plastics, yet given the vehicle’s rugged purpose, it seems rather fitting. With the car being yellow, I can’t help but be reminded of my old Tonka toy trucks, and the rounded child-safe handles only further the illusion. Read more...

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05 Jan 2017

By Inigo S. Roce