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Pros: The total Jeep Package, high quality
Cons: I wish it was available 3 years ago when I got my Explorer
Advice: Get the Limited Edition, and don't worry about gas mileageWe were originally looking for an Escape because our other vehicle is an Explorer which I personnaly LOVE. Ford has been wonderful in supporting this vehicle. Once we started shopping we found that no dealers were willing to cut us a deal on an Escape. We dropped by a Jeep dealer and drove the Liberty, that's all she wrote. The Drive, Power, Comfort and the 360 degree turn radius sold us on the spot. For LESS than the cost of a basic Escape we got a 3.7 litre engine, heated leather seats, moon roof, power driver AND passenger seats, a great stereo, overhead computer,,etc... I still love my Explorer but this little baby just SINGS quality and performance.
Pros: Ride, comfort.
Cons: Wheels on cheaper models. Availability of full-time 4wd on Sport models.
Advice: Shop around for options and packages.Wonderful ride, compared to the Cherokee I drove before. Interior quality seems first rate. Ride is quite (in town), smooth and comfortable. Havn't yet done much highway driving. First tank resulted in 17.6mpg - in line with my expectations, again based on the Cherokee. Nice little features, especially remote opening of rear glass hatch. Steering very responsive. Some body lean around corners, but nothing unsettling. Had to settle for 2wd, as I couldn't find any Sport models with Selec-Trac (full-time) 4wd, and Limited too expensive for what you get.
Cons: The tires needs to be somewhat bigger.
Advice: Buy whatever makes you happy.I bought a Jeep Liberty, it's ok. Kinda bumpy at times. The odometer moves faster than usual.
Pros: The Infinity speakers
Cons: the possibility of roll over
Advice: Make sure this is the right vehicle for you.It drives great, looks good! It does make a strange noise when at an idle. You can feel it in the floor board and you can also hear it. We checked 2 others and they did the same thing. It drives like a Jeep, stiff suspension. For me, very fun, for Grandma and Grandpa, maybe not. When thinking about purchasing one of these, remember that these SUV's are Jeeps and perform like one.
Pros: over all quality
Advice: drive, buy, enjoyLiberty Sport 4x4 construction appears to be exellent,for instance the steel wheels only have .o1o' radial and axial runnout.It traverses foot deep ditches & 45 deg. banks with ease.Gas mileage first 500 mi. was 17 in town 17 highway. Roof and seats could'a been a little lower I like it. Norm
Pros: The price and it's good looks.
Cons: Gas mileage
Advice: Go buy this Jeep now!!!Drive everything else first then drive the LIBERTY, you will love it. On second thought drive the LIBERTY first, you won't drive anything else. It's looks are second to none. Gas mileage could be a little better but it's performance is great.
Pros: Controls on the back of the steering wheel.
Cons: That it stays in the shop more than at my house.
Advice: Have deep pockets.When I test drove the vehicle it seemed to be the perfect thing. I love the way it looks and basically drives. the only problem I have with it is that is jumps when I go to stop, it idles rough, and I have already had to recalls on it. It just keeps getting better and better. Everytime it goes to the shop they just say we don't know what's wrong we tested everyone of them on the lot and they all do it.