Here’s What People Are Saying About the Toyota FT-4X (NSFW)

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The 2017 New York Auto Show saw the debut of a new concept vehicle from Toyota, called the FT-4X, but the teaser may have given off the wrong impression to off-road fans.

Thanks to that teaser and the name, the car built expectations of serious off-road cred, but the final reveal had us looking at something that’s kind of like a Jeep Renegade crossed with a Honda Element.

Needless to say, the cult of Toyota off-roading fans weren’t amused. With this concept car riding on the same TNGA platform shared with the C-HR and Prius, it’s clearly not as hardcore as something like an FJ Cruiser.

It does come with some interesting lifestyle tweaks, though. Toyota created what it calls a “Multi-Hatch,” which opens horizontally or vertically, much like the tailgate on the Honda Ridgeline. It also has a unique take on the interior, which is separated into three zones.

AutoGuide.com readers and viewers of our YouTube coverage of the FT-4X don’t seem to be impressed though.

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Our YouTube Commenters were a bit more understanding and seem to “get-it.”

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No matter how you look at it though, the FT-4X really generated a lot of buzz around the New York Auto Show. What’s your take on it?

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  • Blind Willy

    I get that they are targeting the hipster market that likes to look outdoorsy.
    When Toyota has the reputation for rugged offroad vehicles, this diminishes it.
    All the hype leading up to the reveal was that it was a replacement for the FJ, only different.
    Well it’s different, but not a replacement for the FJ here in North America.
    When I win the lotto, I’ll go for a Land Cruiser. Till then, I’ll stick with my FJ Cruiser.
    (However I would consider a T4R also, the current ones are bad ass) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4d29694e1b23dd6072e532c5bb07413a5394dc928ff9513c541a0ae48b6155a.jpg

  • Jose C

    It’s hideous! It looks like a huge plastic toy truck that a toddler might play with. Sure it has a few innovative ideas but that’s it. I cannot possibly see anything closely resembling this thing come to production it won’t sell – this is like the Pontiac Aztek melted with a Nissan Cube – its that unsightly

  • JamesB

    Those of us who offroad knew this vehicle was toast from the teaser photo: 225/55R18 tires are 27.7 inches. The FJ Cruiser came stock with 31-32 inch tires. This quote explains what they were going for:


    At one point during the press conference, a Toyota exec said the company met with “outdoorsy millennials in the Bay Area” to develop the FT-4X, which said exec later referred to as “casualcore.”

    If that was their goal with this vehicle, they hit it exactly. I’m sure they’ll sell a ton of them to the bearded hipsters here in Denver who clog the hiking lots with Subarus. These are the same people that I’ve had to perfect my “do you know where you’re going?” question as they drive past us on anything north of a ~3 difficulty on TrailDamage. My current, best attempt at not being insulting from the window of my lifted/armored/on-33’s FJ Cruiser is “have you guys been here before?”. When the wife blurts out “no!” you know he’s in trouble.

    Pro: my FJ resale will stay high.
    Con: Toyota officially continues to tell their serious offroading fans to buy 4Runners.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Holy crap! I was more right than I knew (as was one other commenter) comparing the FT-4X with my Scion xB. The 2nd and 2 1/2 Generation versions came with 225/55 tires for the 16″ stock and optional 17″ and 18″ rims. The xB was NOT an off-roader.

  • AND YOU ARE A BULLSHIT!

  • wcjeep

    They asked people who live in San Francisco for their outdoor vehicle opinions? Here’s your sign.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    If you keep in mind that it’s a concept, I think It’ll do fine. People just need to calm down. The boxy exterior will eventually look good and will also translate to more interior space. The design is simple too which will make it easy to customize by providing a simple base which is good for people who want to mod it for their own purposes like serious off roaders tend to do. It’s simple, I like it.

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Clean base*

  • JamesB

    Apparently it can be if you put a transfer case in it, according to Toyota lol

  • Blind Willy

    At least I know how to type and use grammar 🙂
    Keep at it in school, you might make it out of grade school yet.