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On 7/5/07, Chris Silvester <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> The FJ is probably the best off-roader out there for the money. Good luck
> with it.

As an on-roader though, there are a couple issues.  It's so dark
inside that sitting in it feels like being in a cave, and the huge D
pillars create big blind spots exactly where you'd like to be able to
see when changing lanes. Also, the large, heavy wheels, tires and
driveline compromise the on-road handling IMO.

IIRC light trucks also have different (read: lower) safety standards
than passenger cars.  5 NHTSA stars in a truck != 5 stars in a car.

Fortunately trucks have improved a lot over the past couple years.
The previous generation f150 was downright murderous in a frontal
crash: http://www.leasetips.com/f150crashtest.htm

FWIW, the FJ appears to do pretty well with no apparent gross cabin deformation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmxIoqkWzy8

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