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Pros: It feels very solid and trucklike while having some nice interior comforts.
Cons: The couple serious problems that cropped up early.
Advice: It's a real SUV, not a car. If you primarily drive on the highway buy a car.I've owned my Liberty for 2.5 years and over 60K miles now. I had a couple bad problems crop up at around 12K. I had a serious transmission issue come up where the automatic would randomly downshift on highway driving. Took two trips and many days in the shop to fix but they eventually found a loose wire to the transmission and paid for everything (including the rental). Also had an issue with the rear tail light wires coming loose. Looked like Christmas lights. But aside from these two things which really bugged me at the time I have been extremely pleased. Runs great. Handles like a dream truck. Plenty of off-road umph while doing very well on the highway and in city traffic (I recommend ABS by the way). Storage up front (glovebox) is lacking but the seats are very comfortable. Factory rack is strong and great for kayaks, etc. Don't look for the 21MPG though. More like 19 highway. Just giving you a heads up on the down sides (not a Toyota)but don't want you to think I'm not happy. It's a Jeep and driving the Liberty is a GREAT experience.
Pros: rear window/hatch, roomy back seats & trunk storage
Cons: gas mileage!, limits to interior colors
Advice: buy the optional cargo net - trunk is so big, groceries go everywhere!Love the visibilty, but wish the seats had more lumbar support for long trips. Also need a bigger glove compartment & console storage...no place to store CDs!
Cons: Fuel consumption is not bad
Advice: Its been a great carThe great appearance first attracted me to this car, but the test drive sold me, esp. the suspension which is much better than the 'crash-bang' ride quality of other 4x4's. The suspension really soaks up the bumps. The steering has a 'just right' feel, as do the brakes. The engine is smooth too. Last winter we put it to the test, and the 4x4 with four wheel traction control is the best - on serveral trips it was the only 4x4 to make it to the top of a steep icy road. We have 25,000 miles on it and have had no problems. We did not need new brakes at the 24K service. The dealer service has been friendly & professional.
Pros: 6-CD changer & Sunroof
Cons: No heated seats but had them installed
Advice: Buy one!Handles great. Zippy and responsive. Excellent in snow!
Pros: cruise control (don't forget this option) Nice sound system for car in this price range. LOTS OF LEG ROOM .
Cons: NOTHING VERY GOOD BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does need a little more power but the good gas milage is better in my case. If I needed a fast car I would of got a WRX.
Advice: Drive it . Then think of the other cars in the same price range. IT ALSO HAS TOYOTA OUALITY. Sold you I hope. I enjoy mine.Nice little van, has a pretty good ride for such a light car. I like the auto trans better,lower rpms at highway speeds. I think it is about 2800 at 70 good enough for me.The gas milage is good too.(37 mpg on hwy.)
Pros: car like feeling
Cons: road rumbling noice and Fuel consumption
Advice: Go for it-ve are high fuel consumption and tire rumbling noice
Cons: Gas consumption...still very reasonable
Advice: the liberty is bar none the better deal...for what we neededVery muscular, solid ride. Unlike the --Hyundae Santa Fe--, which has issues getting in the front doors and less solid, and the --Kia Sorento--, which looks like an SUV on the outside but drives and looks like the Sadona on the inside, the Liberty Limited Edition is tight, absolutely solid, and has some really neat options....the liberty is bar none the better deal...and forget the --Toyota 1.8 L Matrix--...I was afraid I'd break half the plastic on it during the test drive!! The Durango was sharp...but we did not need it's size. Hummer too pricey and big. The Highlander was a consideration, but the price and jeep name sold the liberty.