2012 Jeep Liberty vs. Its Competition

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

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; a new version of this model is due soon, as a 2012 model.

The Nissan Xterra and Toyota FJ Cruiser are also good choices for those who plan to take to the trail and are willing to accept some sacrifices in practicality.

2011 Jeep Liberty RWD 4-door Sport Angular Front Exterior View2012 Jeep Liberty
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2012 Honda CR-V2012 Honda CR-V
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2011 Nissan Xterra 4WD 4-door Auto S Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Xterra
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2012 Subaru Forester2012 Subaru Forester
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2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4WD 4-door Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser
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2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 20122012 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
With the off-road-focused Renegade model now gone, it's hard to see much value in the 2012 Jeep Liberty, as there were already plenty of better choices for those looking to spend most of the time on-road, commuting or shuttling kids..
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
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.
The 2012 Subaru Forester is tough, all-weather-capable, and one of the best-handling compact crossovers--plus, a blast to drive in XT turbo form--but an old-tech automatic transmission and econo-caliber interior remain letdowns.
If head-turning style and true trail toughness are priorities, the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser stands above most SUVs—although families and city commuters need not apply.
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15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas Flat 4Gas V6Gas I4
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2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - AWDSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
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RWD 4-Door Sport Latitude2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door Automatic X4-Door Manual 2.5XRWD 4-Door Automatic (GS)FWD 4-Door I4 (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManualAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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