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Retro styling has become a popular theme in the car industry from Ford with their Thunderbird and Mustang, Volkswagen’s New Beetle, the Mini Cooper by BMW, Chryslers beautifully styled PT Cruiser and now Toyota with the FJ Cruiser (I didn't realize until just now how similar those two names were), Understandably however the name is due to the fact that it is a throwback to the FJ-60 series Land Cruiser, Toyota’s flagship 4X4 40 years ago.

One of the things that stands out about the FJ Cruiser is its incorporation of the NXT flat panel speaker technology, which comes as a standard fitting.

The FJ Cruiser is the first consumer vehicle in the US to have this technology, which is fitted to its roof, combining with the cruisers speaker system to deliver an amazing audio experience with rich, clear sound.

In contrast the rest of the standard equipment is more in line with the cruiser's off roading history featuring wipe clean, water resistant seats and rubber flooring. Though the initial sales figures have been impressive, it will be interesting to see if Toyota can maintain the momentum. Retro styled cars are still at the basest level a fad, and though initial sales tend to be high, they soon taper off.

The FJ Cruiser which has a 4.0L V6 24-valve engine, can be ordered with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission and starts @ $21700, be mindful though that with customization you can easily hit the $30,000 mark.

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