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I looked at the 4Runner too, but with a base-price of $34,410 it is just out of my reach and it just doesn't have the same appeal as an FJ. The FT-AC would hit that affordable yet fun sweet spot for people like me.
You should consider the fact its one of the most well built SUV's on the market and could very well be a great long term vehicle for you. In a way its a multi-tool of a vehicle. Hard to find anyone limited by what the 4Runner can/can't do. In addition they are good enough that people have no problem buying them used.
 

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Don't be confused by "FT" because that's just a concept designation which is easy to confuse with the "FJ" marque that has been used for so many decades. Looking back at the last 10 years of Toyota concepts you will find that "FT" concept designation every where.
 

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I think we have the market to thank for that otherwise Toyota would have even less of a reason to come out with a "baby FJ" with a different name. Funny how they could just call it an FJ _ _ (numbers go in those blanks) but didn't, you think its a way to protect the historical value of past FJ's?
 

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Probably so the new car won't constantly be compered to the FJ when it comes to performance because certain badges carry certain expectations. It's like the Wrangler, you won't see the nameplate on a city driver.
Sure seems like it, this will free them up to run with enough of the FJ's characteristics but mold the product how they please which in this vastly different market is needed more than ever. Its hard to keep traditional ways of doing thing these days all while planning for the future.

So maybe it can be said this will be the off-road that brings enough of the old and new together.
 
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