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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|2009 Jeep LibertyBrowse Used Listings||2009 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan XterraBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota FJ CruiserBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|RWD 4-Door Sport||4-Door Manual X||2WD 5-Door LX||2WD 4-Door Manual X||RWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)||FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)|
|2-Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||5 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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