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Pros: Door locks at 15mph
Cons: Ride was a little bouncy, but it is a truck after all. I was just used to the feel of my Honda Accord. I have since gotten used to the ride and find it to be comparable to my Chevy Blazer.
Advice: Drive the Cherokee first then the Liberty. This will give you an appreciation of how much jeep has improved the ride of the vehicle.Drives as good as the Honda CRV or Toyota Rav4, and the engine has more guts.
Pros: High view of the road
Cons: obstructive view when backing up/decreased cargo space
Advice: Test drive the 2001 Cherokee and run with the incentivesIt drives like a truck, bouncy and stiff. View of the road is similar to the Ram, a higher view to look at traffic ahead. Backing up is difficult due to the high seat backs that prevent a clear view behind. Overall look reminds me of the old Isuzu Trooper with a shorter body. It is a far cry from the sleek appearance of the Cherokee. Cargo space is limited, and the high floor decreases the height of space. The steering wheel is tight and obstructs view of the control panel. The dealer representative commented that she is doubtful that this model will ever match the Cherokee, that it is a poor replacement. Operating the rear hatch door is a joke, having to open the swing out door first and then having the top window section sail up into the air high above. The fun starts with the closing process. Allow room when parking back to front of other cars in the parking lot. As you open the gate door with the full size spare sitting on it, you will need to get out of its path to avoid getting dirty. We opted for a left over 2001 new Cherokee to replace our 1998 model. We did change the color to Silverstone, but love the Cherokee and could not help enjoying the dealer and manufacturer incentives to stay with the Cherokee.
Pros: The fact that it remains a Jeep - worth the value. Good appearance.
Cons: Seems to be tough on gas milage.
Advice: Watch for incentivesAfter owning an all new designed Jeep Wrangler, and a Jeep Cherokee Sport, which I was very fond of, I was skeptical that the new Liberty could do better than that long lived Cherokee. I found myself reconsidering that though. The Liberty has a very smooth, quiet interior ride, and handles much like a sporty sports sedan would handle. The interior is large and roomy, but would like to see more cargo space in the rear. The Bose 6-speaker sound system in the one I test drove was nice, and enjoyed the on-wheel radio controls. The insturment panel is easy to read, and you can see Jeep is going for a luxury SUV approach with the design. The exterior was surprising, but grew on me more and more as I drove the vehicle around town, getting many many looks and ganders. I wish Jeep would come with the 5-speed a little sooner, I want to compare the 5-speed with the auto. The O/D auto is quick, and responds nicely when going up a steep hill. I think the Lberty is going to be my next vehicle purchase .
Pros: Ride, quiet, elevated front visibility, off-road handling, good mileage.
Cons: Front leg room
Advice: Fellow Jeep enthusiasts, don't let the 'cute' image fool you - this is a solid Jeep.I had to pass up some very tempting year-end discounts and incentives of competing manufacturer's vehicles in order to purchase my 2002 Liberty. What sold me on the Liberty is the way it has combined the ready and true off-road feel of the Wrangler, yet with all the comfort and quiet of a large street SUV. I have owned only Jeeps, Wranglers and Cherokees, since '86, and I was at first very skeptical about the arrival of the new Liberty. Now, I would have to say that Liberty is the best Jeep I have ever owned. Maybe I'm just a sucker for 'tradition', but to me it is still true what they say: 'Jeep wrote the book on four wheel drive'. The new Liberty fills that long tradition with style and distinction. This could be the best Jeep ever.
Cons: Gas Mileage
Advice: It's not a car like it's competitorsWe live in Colorado and just bought a new Jeep Liberty Sport V6. It blows away it's 'tin box' predecessor easy. So far it has been awesome and better then anything else in it's class for the same price. If you want a car (car chassey) buy a Sant Fe, Tribute, Rav 4, Escape or Highlander. If you want an SUV with off road skills then buy this Jeep!! Drives tight off road with clearance and has plenty of power. I was more impressed with it's off road skills then my former Jeep Cherokee Laredo and the highway/street driving is smooth with the new front suspension. Good power for mountains and great car. Comes with some nice features and 35/65 back seat split is standard, unlike the Escape and Tribute. We couldn't be happier! This car is in for a road trip beating in the next few years!!! Skiing, Camping, Hiking, Biking!!!
Pros: The body style
Cons: steering wheel blocks line of sight to speedometer
Advice: Try every vehicle you can then drive this one it will sell itself.This is a lower priced vehicle with a luxury feel. The interior feels as if it is a luxury vehicle without the pricetag. The ride was extremely smooth as compared to other SUV's. The V6 engine has more than enough UMPH to get the job done. We found the steering very responsive and easy to control. The infinity sound system is highly recommended. We really didn't want this at first but the controls are so ergonomically correct we are not sure we could buy another vehicle without it. There are some negatives such as the steering wheel falls right over my line of sight to the speedometer but that is just about it except for maybe the gas mileage but heck this is a SUV what do you expect. After our test drive we immediately purchased the vehicle and believe it or not at about 600 below the MSRP. We feel we got a great deal this early on the Limited model with several options we had not intended to get.
Pros: Its made like a Jeep, has lot of head room.
Cons: The small room in the back for my dog.
Advice: Get the V6 Engn. 3.7L for power/towingI think the Liberty Sport is a well built SUV, and it's rugged fetures should last a long time on the road & off the road. It handles very well & is very stable around sharp turns. With the V6,3.7L this has the power to get you moving. I give this Jeep a (9+) rating over all.