2007 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER
Great all-around "sporty" Sport Utility Vehicle. Used for Medical First Response and is great on any terrain.
Pros: Drives like an SUV, feels like a HumVee. Comes standard with a roof rack and the go-getter attitude of a vehicle designed with a purpose. Interior floor is 100% vinyl - just hose the sucker down if you don't feel like vacuuming! Plenty of trunk space for gear. Can operate in conditions not many other vehicles are suited for. Powerful 4.0L V6. Great handling, even off-road. Abundance of "oh shit" handles to hang on to during the bumpier rides. Plenty of room between driver and windshield. Driver's side above dash has extremely handy storage compartment.Multitude of width-adjustable cup holders. Stands out from other SUVs. Thought about going with a Hummer or Jeep, but the FJ out-performed them easily. Great reliability rating on Consumer Reports / Safety rating on JDP, and quite possibly the best car I've owned yet.
Cons: Not much room in the back row seat. Unless the occupants of the back seats are kids or petites, can get very cramped. Have to stretch to step up into driver's seat (I'm 6'1"). Ext. trim is cheaply constructed, but for the line of work I'm in, it's held up considerably well. Have to recalibrate the compass every time the battery is changed (not often, and easily done, just a hassle). 4-wheel drive settings are an intimidating array of shifters and toggle switches, but each serve their purpose and the transition is fairly smooth. No serious complaints, just nit-picks that could only be resolved if I custom-built the thing.