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Pros: Ride quality
Cons: Small cargo space
Advice: Give it a test drive and decide for yourself.The Freelander sits like large SUV, but drives like a nimble car. Excellent highway cruiser, precise steering with excellent brakes. It is a bit lacking in low end torque off the line, but using the tiptronic tranny in manual mode solves that problem when quick acceleration is desired. Rear seat room is amazing for adults, but the cargo space is smaller than others in its class. I've put 25,000 miles on my Freelander from the desert sand to the mountain snow and this thing rips though all terain with ease. Fuel economy is good. I get 23hwy, 17 city. The worst has been 16mpg and best is 25mpg. It is too bad that others have had problems with their Freelander, because it has been a fantastic vehicle so far and I have no regrets. I test drove every SUV in its class and I chose this one for a variety of reasons.
Pros: Permanent AWD
Cons: perhaps a little bit better gas milage
Advice: If you want true off road capability with style and comfort in a compact SUVAfter test driving 4 other compact SUV's I picked the 2004 FreeLander and since have not regreted the decision. I am still amazed with this vehicle's performance in snow, mud and flowing water ... yes I took it off road not once but for a 2 week vacation off roading!