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Rating 65/100 Background You can’t be everything to everybody. That’s the lesson we take away from the 2010 Jeep Commander. Nostalgic styling, off-road prowess, seating for seven and a luxurious interior seem to be too much to all fit into this midsize Jeep. It manages to meet these goals, but just barely and not without …

Rating 67/100 Background A luxury off-road family car — now there’s an interesting concept. Now in its fourth year in production, the 2009 Jeep Commander was created to provide the seven-passenger seating of a family crossover, the amenities of a luxury SUV and the endearingly blocky styling of the long-departed Cherokee. The Commander mostly meets …

Rating 82/100 Background Jeep’s big people mover is back for its third year of production. It’s the only seven-passenger SUV in Jeep’s lineup, and it carries the burden of providing rugged off-road abilities with luxury and convenience features for the whole family.Though its blocky exterior styling is obviously influenced by the beloved Cherokee of the …

Rating 80/100 Background The 2011 Toyota 4Runner is, as it has always been, an off-road SUV that is very well-mannered in the city. After a redesign last year, the 4Runner returns mostly unchanged, with one notable exception: The previously available inline-4 engine is no longer offered. Not that you’re going to be particularly broken up …

Rating 67/100 Background Just over a quarter of a century ago, Toyota introduced the 4Runner. Back then, the term SUV referred to a truck-based car designed to negotiate rugged trails and rocky peaks without breaking a sweat. These were the rigs of choice for campers, mountain bikers and skiers, not soccer moms or city slickers …

Rating 67/100 Background In a shameless (and savvy) exhibit of capitalism, Mercury brought out its Ford Explorer twin, the Mountaineer, when the Ford’s popularity was sky high. The Mountaineer provided a different styling take and a slightly more upscale interior than the Explorer, and its available all-wheel-drive system helped make it more appealing to people …

Rating 52/100 Background The Mercury Mountaineer was created at a time when the Ford Explorer was the hottest thing since the planet Mercury. The Mountaineer provided a different styling take and a slightly more upscale interior than the Explorer, and its available all-wheel-drive system helped make it more appealing to people who just wanted all-weather …

Rating 63/100 Background The Jeep Liberty first debuted six years ago as the slightly larger successor to Jeep’s original Cherokee compact sport-utility vehicle. With an ample greenhouse, high roof line and flared wheel arches, it was an evolutionary departure from that earlier SUV’s boxy design, which also paid tribute to the original Jeep Willys off-roader. …

Rating 80/100 Background Although it’s one of the more practical midsize SUVs on the market, the Mercury Mountaineer has always lived in the shadow of its more popular twin, Ford’s Explorer. It has all the main virtues of its sibling — a roomy, functional interior well-stocked with storage areas, a fold-flat third-row seat that allows …

Rating 73/100 Background With two compact SUVs already in its lineup, one may wonder why Jeep bothered to create the 2007 Patriot. Well, it seems that the company’s managers wanted to make the most of the new platform also being used for the Jeep Compass and the Dodge Caliber. To aid in differentiation, the Patriot …