2011 Jeep Liberty vs. Its Competition

2011 Jeep Liberty RWD 4-door Sport Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

If you really want genuine Jeep performance, the 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 candidates are the Subaru Forester, which has a tough all-wheel-drive system that can take on muddy, rutted trails quite well.

The RAV4 is styled closer to an SUV, but it's similar to a car too; 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
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The 2011 Jeep Liberty is at home on the trail, but if you plan to do most of your driving on paved roads you can do a lot better.
7.4
The 2011 Honda CR-V is homely, as well as unexciting to drive; yet it's a great minivan alternative on many counts—appealing to practical shoppers with a roomy, versatile interior and top safety ratings.
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If you have a lot of gear to haul to tough-to-reach places, the 2010 Nissan Xterra is a good choice for weekend adventurers.
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The roomy, versatile 2011 Subaru Forester handles better than just about any other small crossover, though the need for a more modern transmission and a little more cabin refinement keep it from greatness.
7.4
The 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser stands above most SUVs—even off-road-capable ones—in both style and trail toughness; but city slickers should look elsewhere.
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Don't let appearances mislead; the 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a modern, practical crossover choice and great for frugal families.
MSRP From     
$23,250$21,895$24,260$20,495$25,790$22,475
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas Flat 4Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door Sport2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door Automatic X4-Door Manual 2.5XRWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD