2010 Jeep Liberty vs. Its Competition

2010 Jeep Liberty
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

If you really want genuine Jeep performance, the 2010 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
7.0
The 2010 Jeep Liberty is at home on the trail—but not so much in suburban driveways or city streets.
7.8
The 2010 Honda CR-V is a bit homely, but it fits right in for those placing the priority on frugality, safety, and interior space.
7.4
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.
8.0
The 2010 Subaru Forester may not be as powerful or well-equipped as its rivals, but it really shines in its more carlike dynamics and superior handling.
7.4
Though the 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser is a bit of a one-trick pony—clearly emphasizing off-road ability to the detriment of on-road comfort—its unmistakable style and agreeable on-road performance make it worth considering even for weekend recreation types.
7.4
Though it might wear a spare tire on its tail like the hard-core SUVs of yore, don't let that throw you off. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is actually a practical, fuel-efficient choice for frugal families on the go.
MSRP From     
$23,255$21,545$22,750$20,295$24,180$21,675
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas Flat 4-CylGas V6Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door Sport2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door Manual 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     
4 Door5 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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