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According to NHTSA, The liberty mops up the Tacoma. 5 star to Tacoma's 3 star.
In this case, I think h0udini's observations concur with what the IIHS reported. Go ahead and provide us with your skewed interpretations of the IIHS' results - they don't change the fact the IIHS rated the Tacoma higher. I suppose you've self-appointed yourself as IIHS' crash test analyst after you were impeached as our self-appointed moderator, huh? Oh well, at least you haven't lost your loyal supporter **TBUNDY**
If you can't recognize those exaggerated claims in my "tbundyish" post as a joke, well, the joke's even more on you, bub!
Do you want to talk engines? Fine. Consider this:
Tacoma's 3.4 V6:Horsepower 190 hp @ 4800 rpm Torque 220 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm
Liberty's 3.7 V6:Horsepower 210 @ 5000 RPMTorque (lb-ft) 235 @ 4400 RPM
That's pitiful. You have to go 800 RPMs higher to get a measly 15 more lb/ft torque in a BIGGER, NEWER engine! No thanks, you can keep your 3.7! That's because, like it or not, you do not have an advanced V6. With this kind of pathetic competition, it makes me wonder why Toyota even bothering developing their 4.0 V6.
Now let's add insult to injury. You stated your Liberty weighs 4100lbs (I'm just going to use your figure without researching, no matter how inaccurate it may be). According to Edmunds, a V6 4x4 Tacoma Ex-cab - http://www.edmunds.com/new/2003/toyota/tacoma/2drxtracabv64wdsb34l6cyl5m/specs.html?id=lin0018 - so you don't accuse me of plagiarizing - weighs 3515 pounds. This breaks down to:
Liberty: 19.52lbs per 1 horsepowerTacoma: 18.5lbs per 1 horsepower
You see, your Liberty's pork-like curb weight completely cancels out its puny power advantage. Like so many people, it's overweight and underpowered (no offense if that applies to you). Maybe you need to strip that thing of all its foo-foo.
Now would you please post something that relates to this topic? Last time I checked, a Liberty wasn't a Ranger.
Best part?"MB admits no liability and is settling "to avoid lengthy and expensive litigation""
I guess having a vehicle built in "best traditions of Mercedes Benz" is not as good as it seems....
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