Yes, this is the same SUV that went out of production in 2014.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser went out of production in the US market way back in 2014. It was loved by many for its retro styling and incredible off-roading capabilities. Following its departure, used FJ Cruisers continued to be hot property and often sold for shockingly high prices. Last year, we reported that it was still possible to buy a new FJ Cruiser - but only if you lived in the Middle East. All of this led us to be surprised when Toyota revealed its latest sales figures and we spotted something most unusual in the press release: a single "new" FJ Cruiser was sold in the US last month, seven years after the model was discontinued.
It isn't unheard of for older vehicles to sit around in dealer lots for some time after production has ceased, although the time span between the FJ Cruiser being sold here and someone buying one new is unusually long. So, what did that one buyer get? Well, the FJ Cruiser had a 4.0-liter V6 engine that produced 260 horsepower. It was available in both rear- and four-wheel-drive guises, plus there was an option between a five-speed automatic and a six-speed manual. It's unknown what configuration the FJ Cruiser sold last month was. Inside, there are plenty of hard plastics, old-school ventilation dials, and no modern touchscreen.
Interestingly, the FJ Cruiser wasn't the only discontinued Toyota to see new sales last month. The defunct Yaris, which was essentially a rebadged version of the Mazda 2, found nine buyers in June. Perhaps it's somewhat understandable since there are few small hatchbacks on offer in the US; both the Mazda 2 and the Honda Fit are no longer on sale here. Elsewhere in the industry, Volkswagen sold four seventh-gen Golf Rs in Q2 and Honda sold 162 units of the discontinued Fit in June. However, the FJ Cruiser remains by far the "oldest new car" to find a new home in 2021.