2009 Jeep Liberty vs. Its Competition

2009 Jeep Liberty Sport

If you really want genuine Jeep performance, the 2009 Liberty doesn’t disappoint.

If you want something that just looks like it could go off road, there are better choices.

Among those more carlike choices are the Subaru Forester, which has a tough all-wheel-drive system that can even take on muddy, rutted trails.

The RAV4 is styled closer to an SUV, but it's more carlike; inside you can specify a small third-row seat.

Honda's CR-V is one of the smoothest-riding and most fuel-efficient, and it's a good choice for those who don't plan to venture off-road.

For those who want hardy off-road alternatives and really plan to take to the trail, the Nissan Xterra is a good choice, especially if you have a lot of equipment to haul around.

And for off-road fashionistas, the FJ Cruiser is a hot ride.

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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2009 Jeep Liberty is a very capable SUV, but one that might not be right for most everyday drivers.
8.0
It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
7.8
For active people who need to tow or haul a lot of gear or go off-road, the 2008 Nissan Xterra is one of the best—and best-looking—choices.
7.4
Retro-coolness, off-roading, and practicality don’t come together as well in any other vehicle as they do in the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From     
$23,015$19,995$20,700$22,060$23,045$21,500
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door Sport4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door Manual XRWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain     
2-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD