If ugly, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, then the Toyota FJ Cruiser could really be just "industrial modern."
That's how Toyota describes the semi-retro evocation of a 40-year-old Land Cruiser FJ utility wagon. Other observers mutter about nomination to the All-Ugly Hall of Fame, Pontiac Aztec/Honda Element wing.
Actually the new FJ copies the little grille between the round headlights of the old FJ. It rounds off the square lines and does away with the cute yellow turn signals on the separate fenders. It does away with fenders, too. The upright windshield goes, but a white roof remains.
But beauty and ugly are only skin deep. What's not in doubt is that this is a fearsome rock crusher. FJ Cruiser is more at home on the rugged range than on the boulevard.