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Toyota Highlander vs Jeep Liberty
a) Base FWD Highlander v. Jeep Sport
b) Limited V6 AWD Highlander v. Jeep Limited
c) Forester Limited v. V6 Highlander v. Jeep ltd.
a) in this case, I would choose the HL since the gas mileage is way better than the Sport. the trade-off is of course the 2 wheel forward drive as opposed to all wheel drive. also the toyota seems to be overpriced if compared the the base jeep trim. I can't understand why toyota would sell a SUV without skid control on its lower trim! the HL also seems to be a smoother car-like ride. i guess that's coz Jeep is a hard core SUV in the end. it felt stiffer &/or seems to have had a stronger-built.
b)I am welcoming any inputs on this one!
c) Forester: better reliability? (it's been around for more than 4 years)....but the style is bad compared the jeep and HL. the clearance also sucks on the forester? oh, and i'm also getting a great lease rate 48 months on forester for 6.8%. The best jeep can do for me is 9.3% on 48 months lease. i was impressed by subaru's handle, visibility (blind spots are low) and smooth ride. i can only complain of its tired look and they might re-style it next year.
p.s. i do not plan to take my car out to climb over rocks....or rivers. but i do intend to take a 10 hour drive to a ski resort....where i may have to drive in harsh snowy conditions....with many chances of slippage!