Okay, so this review might be a bit biased seeing how DaimlerChrysler builds the Jeep Liberty in Toledo, and it seems that it is in the best interest of the newspaper to post a good review, but the review was written by a reporter with the San Antonio Express-news and last we checked, there's no Jeep facilities in San Antonio. Here's a snippet:
After driving the Liberty over a variety of roads throughout central Virginia's scenic green hills, I can tell you that Ford, Mazda, Honda and Toyota have a lot to fear from this formidable new competitor.
Of the competing brands, only the Xterra and Rodeo have off-road capabilities that approach those of the Liberty, and even on the highway the Liberty outshines most of the competition in performance, ride quality and handling.
First of all, unlike the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute, Liberty is a true sport utility with a steel underframe, not just a car chassis converted to an SUV.
Jeep designed the Liberty to be, first, a Jeep. That means it is a rugged vehicle capable on taking on Northern California's rugged Rubicon Trail through the Sierra Nevadas.
Using the "uniframe" construction that Jeep pioneered on the Grand Cherokee nine years ago, the Liberty has a body that is mounted to a partial frame that makes use of hardened steel. Jeep officials say the Liberty's body is two to three times stiffer than that of the Cherokee and is the stiffest ever in a Jeep vehicle. That translates into less noise, vibration and harshness in the passenger compartment and a more rugged vehicle for off-road use.
Check out the entire review here.
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