Meanwhile, Wrangler is climbing all-time record sales!
According to Toyota’s fleet site, the 2014 FJ Cruiser will be discontinued after the 2014 model year.
Last orders for the*ToyotaFJ Cruiser will be due in June 2014 for the FJ Cruiser, which originally debuted in 2006 as a 2007 model. The first couple of years, the FJ Cruiser enjoyed great sales in North America, with over 100,000 units moved between U.S. and Canada.
It took a sharp decline from there in 2008, with 28,688 units sold in the U.S. and 2,630 in Canada. Things haven’t looked much better since for the FJ Cruiser, last year the Japanese automaker moved 13,656 units in the U.S. and 726 units in Canada.
Toyota has said his pretty much every year since 2009. I doubt they're going anywhere...It's marketing to get people to look at them and think "Wow, it's my last chance to get a new one". Then Toyota will introduce a few new colors, phase out a few colors and change the stereo and they'll have a 2015 model.
The Jeep Wrangler is on top because it has had to fight off various competitors over several decades, it's been driven to success. If the Jeep Wrangler loses it's body on frame competition, it may allow it's self to slip to the next lowest level and eventually disappear like the rest of them in a sea of one size fits all vehicles. We do not want that and I actually want to see other motor companies that are committed to body on frame 4x4s to have a certain amount of success to keep things real!
**The FJ Cruiser/ FJ40s hold a close history to Jeep and are closely capable offroad as well. The FJ Cruiser is based off the 4Runner/ Prado Landcruiser platforms with slightly better offroad clearances than it's platform mates. Once you lose the FJ all you might have left is the 4Runner to compete with.
2012 Wrangler Sport 2 Door
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I would have bought a FJ instead of my Jeep if they had made them retro to the original FJ 40 . I loved the old FJ40s , I drove one from Cali. to Alaska in 1975 . They were very similar to a Jeep with their solid axles , tough body , and drivetrain . I also think Toyota has a better reputation for quality then Chrysler.Don't get me wrong , I own two Jeeps.
Sad. I had a 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser TRD, white with white roof - loaded every option. Don't get me wrong I love my Jeep and can't imagine not having a Jeep now that I have my JKU, but it will be sad to see the FJ go. Great vehicle in my opinion and the history of Jeep and the FJ have a lot of ties. If the FJ had full size rear passenger doors and a removable roof it could possibly compete with the JKU. The FJ had terrible visibility, my wife hated it although she thought it looked great she would not drive it, not really wanted to ride in it either. A lot of passengers did not like getting in and out of the FJ suicide doors it was frustrating with a baby and baby carrier so it is a deal breaker for a lot of folks and the JKU does not share those issues and finds itself in the hands if many families who are not hardcore off-roaders.
It does make we wonder if Toyota may have a new rig on the way that can compete with the JK and JKU? The FJ is not far off and with the right design and performance it is possible. When I had my FJ it had really nice power compared to the pre-pentastar Jeep motor and I wanted a Jeep back then but the power was not there....the FJ was a blast to drive for me. The new JK/JKU is a better vehicle in a lot of ways and has the power now and the sales reflect that but Yota could make a comback if they wanted to stay in the market IMO.
Anyways, the Jeep is the most fun I have had in a vehicle and I finally have my Jeep after all these years so farewell FJ, nice knowing ya.
I had one of the first "new FJ's" that came out in 2006 and traded it for my Jeep in July. Was seven years old with only 42000 miles on it. I loved that vehicle but always wanted a Jeep. However, the FJ was a very good vehicle that I took offroad places that it probably shouldn't have gone. VERY capable machine that was bullet proof.
The Jeep is a quirky, rattle-trap that makes noises after a couple months that I never heard out of the FJ in 7 years. It clicks and clacks its way down the trail and I'm OK with that. Driving through the forest with the top and doors off is a feeling that the FJ simply cannot duplicate. Two VERY different vehicles in the way they drive and feel offroad.
I haven't yet pushed the Jeep to the limits I pushed the FJ and I'll be curious to see how it does. The FJ had about 4" less ground clearance than my Jeep and IFS but it also had a rear locker and 3.73 gearing which trumps my open diffs and 3.21. So far, the Jeep has gone over everything I've pointed it at but I really haven't challenged it. I hope not to be disappointed. Also, with winter coming up I am excited about snow driving in the Jeep and again hope it does well.
If Toyota brought back the old style FJ, I would have a difficult decision to make. Boy do I love those old FJ40's and the Toyota brand. I do wish the quality were better on the Jeep, but that's not likely to improve.
I own an FJ40, an FJ Cruiser and now a Rubicon. Each holds a special place in my heart. I have been through both the FJ40 and the FJC with a fine tooth comb and look forward to the same with the Rubicon. There is a reason that FJs never die....they are quality vehicles (of course, with some quirks).
I doubt that the FJ will be gone for long....I would guess that there will be about a 3-5 year hiatus while they figure out what will be needed to meet all of the new vehicle and CAFE standards. I too....would long for a removable roof!
Nissan might take a page from Toyota and discontinue the rugged, body-on-frame Xterra SUV. Toyota recently announced that it will drop the FJ Cruiser from its lineup after the 2014 model year.
The Xterra and FJ Cruiser are part of a dying breed of body-on-frame SUVs, thanks to the popularity of crossovers. Pierre Loing, vice president of product planning for Nissan Americas, told Edmunds that the company’s SUV is on its death bead because of poor sales, fuel economy concerns and a lack of global reach.
Launched in 1999 exclusively for North America, the Xterra lineup has often been neglected. The current model has been on sale since 2005 and has received very minor changes. Nissan sold 88,578 units in 2000, its best year ever, but only managed 17,200 units in 2012.
“The first generation was a huge success,” Loing said. “What we see now, whether us or the (Toyota) FJ Cruiser for that matter, is the same environment. They are struggling.”
A decision on the Xterra’s fate will be made in 2014. It may be replaced or terminated. What do you think is the smartest move for Nissan?