Someone really wanted this 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser; enough to cough up $81,500 for it at auction. Back then a new one could be bought for under $30,000. But some of that $80-plus was because this FJ Cruiser is virtually new.
Maybe having only 63 miles nudged the price up?
With only 63 miles showing on the odometer, it’s as good as new in more ways than one. Still, $81,500 good? Granted, it is optioned nicely. And if the buyer likes the Iceberg white paint, so much the better.
Listed on Bring a Trailer, everything auctioned on the site seems to sell for a premium. There have been three previous owners before the new owner stepped up. So it was kept more as a museum piece than a recreation vehicle.
Now you’ve got you FJ Cruiser, what do you do with it?
And that’s the problem. What do you do with it? If you leave it as is for its almost new condition, you’ve got an expensive doorstop. An impressive doorstop for sure, but a doorstop nonetheless. If you choose to enjoy it as it was meant to be, then your 80-plus value evaporates pretty quickly. The seller only put 30 miles on the ticker with almost five years of ownership.
This FJ came with the 4.0-liter V6 rated at 260 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. It is hooked to a five-speed automatic with a dual-range transfer case. There is also an electronic locking rear differential, active traction control, and CRAWL Control. Its off-road package included trail-tuned Bilstein shocks.
This FJ Cruiser has all the bells and whistles
The roof matches the Iceberg body, with silver trim offsetting it. Black wheel arches, running boards, and rear-mounted spare enhance the visuals. Alloy wheels are factory 17-inchers, wrapped with Dunlop AT20 GrandTrek tires.
Inside there is an infotainment system with an inclinometer, compass, and temperature gauge. Dark Charcoal upholstery contrasts nicely with the exterior, and as you would expect, it looks factory new. Air conditioning, cruise control, a CD player, and power windows, door locks, and mirrors complete the package.
Is it worth it?
With the price of used vehicles today it might actually make sense to spend big on something like this. But those prices will settle down as new-vehicle inventories return to normal. Then, what? As someone once said, “You may not like my spouse, but I do.”
Such is the case with the $80 thou-plus FJ Cruiser. While the price seems a bit excessive, if the new owner is happy, then everybody wins. Now the big decision is whether he or she will drive it, or park it. What would you do?