The FJ cruiser will remind you of the days when 4x4s were all about scaling mountains and camping in the wild. Along with its chief rival—the Jeep Wrangler—the FJ is for buyers who view their cars as recreation first and transportation second.
With a flat white roof, rear half-doors and black-painted wheels, the FJ looks like a product of the 1960s, exactly what the retro-minded stylists had in mind when they launched the model in 2006. But underneath the skin, the 2013 FJ is a thoroughly modern off-roader with a 270-horsepower V6 that provides plenty of grunt for climbing and boulder bashing. To make sure there's no doubt about the FJ's mission, the floor is covered in vinyl and the seats (black only) are water-resistant.