Oloi and NewYorKars are proud to present Grant Squires’ 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser as our next featured ride. Grant has put extensive time and effort into creating an off-road beast that conquers anything in its path. The story goes beyond the trail, however. This truck holds a special place in Grant’s family.
We’ve been bringing you some fast and furious featured rides in collaboration with Oloi, but this month we are ditching the pavement for some rough trails. Grant Squires’ 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a throwback to the venerable FJ40 series and it shows in its capability and looks. The FJ Cruiser ran for one generation and was produced from 2006-17. It was sold in the United States from 2007-14. Production peaked during the truck’s first years of production, but increased competition and environmental concerns spelled the premature demise of the new FJ.
This FJ Cruiser is finished in striking Iceberg White. Its 4.0-liter V-6 engine produces 259 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission. The factory Off Road Package adds trail-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, electronically controlled locking rear differential, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), and a floating-ball multi-information display.
Grant is the truck’s second owner and he has extensively modified his FJ. He has put over 100,000 miles on the clock since getting it, so he is clearly enjoying the experience! This highly modded truck has been used as a daily driver, but it mostly serves as an off-road conveyance for Grant and his kin. Beefed-up suspension, tires, and armor enable this Toyota truck to conquer any obstacles in its path. And when things get really tough, the Warn M8000 winch can be called into action.
“I come from a bunch of sports cars and modified smaller cars,” Grant said. “A couple of my friends got into off-roading and I decided I also wanted to get in on it. I knew from the FJ40s and FJ60s that the heritage was a huge part as well as the reliability. As soon as I got into the FJ Cruiser, I realized that it looked really big on the outside but was small inside. It has a short wheelbase. The manual transfer case system versus electronic appealed to me. All of these things make it more usable off-road than some of its competitors. It fits down deep trails where larger vehicles do not. The ground clearance is just perfect.”
This Toyota FJ Cruiser has become an important part of Grant’s family. Read more about this modern throwback over at Oloi’s blog: