In all reality toyota is probably not trying to market this towards people who are actually going to take it off road, like most suv's. But, if you are in the market for something like that and want to have something that has a legendary heritage than I say get it. Kicks the crap out of a Honda element, although hopefully it will be in the same price range. It would be pretty cool if my wife and I had his and hers FJ's.
I'm pretty sure they went out of production a year or two ago. They used M-B engines and Toyota body dies. No way to get one in the US. It wouldn't pass minimum safety standards for the mid 80s. Good thing our government is looking out for us. Without them we might just buy a car that was unsafe. :
Hey, didja see the post by Tien Do on the LCML? There's a report saying they might very well build these for the US at either the NUMMI plant or at the new Mexico plant. I sure would like to see what a production version looks like.
A couple of years will work just about right for the end of car payment on my current fleet and my boy's 13 now so we'll need another Cruiser. HMMM