FrontRunners: Expedition Grade
While most SUVs are never asked to demonstrate their recreational capabilities—why would anyone actually take a Cayenne off-road?—the XPLORE Adventure Series FJ Cruiser (www.xplorevehicles.com) demands to see frontline action in the outback theater. This sportier, more utile version of Toyota’s SUV is part of a specialty-vehicle lineup from Venchurs, an OEM parts and logistics company in Michigan. The XPLORE FJ Cruiser is available, through Toyota dealerships, at four enhancement levels ranging in price (for the entire vehicle) from about $30,000 to $60,000. Features can include upgraded wheels, tires, suspension, and interiors; multiple winches; roof racks; and rock rails. The most extreme version of the FJ comes with a tent designed to be pitched on the vehicle’s roof.