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FJ Cruiser Trail Package,Don’t Leave The Home Trail Without It

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
The Toyota FJ Cruiser has a fun new Trail package that appeals to the off-road enthusiast crowd. fj-trail-teams-2009
The FJ Trail Teams Special Edition ($6695 Option Package), consists of rugged exterior features with unique Sandstorm paint, blacked-out hood, sideview mirrors, grille, black beadlock-look wheels with beefy BFGoodrich all-terrain rubber.
It really stands apart from other FJs. The package also comes with a locking rear differential, backup camera integrated into the rearview mirror, and Bilstein shock absorbers.You may not have access to a worthy rock trail to truly test the prowess of this Trail Teams package, but there’s no denying the option group changes the visual character of the FJ from a cute retro-character to a down to business crawler. Those beadlock-look rims are pretty neat looking, as are the powder-coated rock rails, the blacked-out grille trim and hood, and the absence of the love- it or hate -it white roof.

Production of the Trail Teams model is limited, but if Toyota sells out of this batch, there’s some good news for FJ enthusiasts: apart from the cosmetic touches, you’re still able to build a clone. Simply order an FJ Cruiser with the off-road package, and you instantly have the Trail Team’s locking rear diff, A-TRAC traction control, and enhanced suspension thrown into the mix. Dive into the TRD parts catalog, and you can find similar wheels, rock rails, and myriad other off-road goodies.

It would be fun to see something more spicy under the hood other than the 4.0-liter V-6. If nothing else, at least a cold-air intake and free-flow exhaust system included in the Trail Teams package would transform this FJ into a real player when the pavement ends.

I’d caution against adding those features if you plan on spending more time on-road than off, though. The increased ride height and larger tires are great for four-wheeling, but the extra road noise and body roll aren’t enjoyable if you’re just touring in the  FJ Cruiser to the nearest Sonic…