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Rating 65/100 Background Patrick Henry once famously declared, "Give me liberty or give me death." We’re really glad he wasn’t talking about the 2012 Jeep Liberty, because it’s definitely not worth ditching your mortal coil for. Frankly, it’s barely worth considering since just about every competitor SUV — be it a commuter-friendly crossover or a …

Rating 68/100 Background Patrick Henry once famously declared, "Give me liberty or give me death!" While we wouldn’t side with ditching our mortal coil, the 2011 Jeep Liberty is definitely not worth fighting for. Just about every competitor SUV — be it a commuter-friendly crossover or a dedicated off-roader — is a better, more well-rounded …

Rating 68/100 Background Ah, liberty. It’s what makes this country great. Go anywhere you want, do anything you want and no one will bother you as long as you don’t bother them. That’s liberty, friends, and its appeal is such that a statue devoted to it greets visitors to New York. So it is a …

Rating 67/100 Background Higher gas prices in 2008 have made compact crossovers increasingly popular. People are coming to realize that even if they can’t live without that high, commanding seating position, they probably don’t need an enormous car to go along with it. Jeep would seem to be ideally positioned to help these folks out, …

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 62/100 Background Jeeps and mountain trails go together like the president and the White House; it’s hard to imagine one without the other. Nimble as a billy goat off-road, the 2007 Jeep Liberty more than lives up to this storied tradition. With steep approach and departure angles and plenty of suspension travel with a …

Rating 75/100 Background We have to give Jeep credit for trying harder this year. Nearly all of the improvements seen in the 2011 Jeep Compass are related to issues about which we’ve previously griped. Plastic-fantastic interior? Jeep has added soft-touch materials to the cabin. Not worthy of a Jeep badge? Now there’s an off-road package …

Rating 62/100 Background When you’ve got the nerve to call yourself Nitro, you’d best be able to back it up. Though it shares its model name with a star from American Gladiators — that TV show of the 1990s — the 2011 Dodge Nitro sadly doesn’t have what it takes to beat down its competitors …

Rating 62/100 Background Nitro was one heck of an American Gladiator. His long hair, ‘roidtastic physique and unmatched ability in the Joust all added up to make him a fan favorite among 1990s TV viewers devoted to watching muscle-bound men and women in spandex roll around in giant metal spheres. Sadly, the 2010 Dodge Nitro …

Rating 62/100 Background Long ago, sport-utility vehicles replaced the station wagon as the quintessential family hauler. In the beginning, truck-based, body-on-frame SUVs were all there was. But auto shoppers’ desire for a more mild-mannered city SUV eventually gave birth to the crossover — an SUV based on a passenger car. Nowadays, it seems like crossovers …

Rating 72/100 Background Nothing screams “get out of my way” quite like a gargantuan square grille, blocky front bumper and insanely flared front fenders. Like other Dodge models, this is the approach the 2009 Dodge Nitro takes in hopes of attracting testosterone-filled shoppers looking for a midsize SUV that costs less than $30,000.Although we wouldn’t …

Rating 77/100 Background The compact SUV display has gotten pretty crowded at your local Jeep store, with the traditional Patriot and stylized Compass car-based crossovers joining the larger and pricier second-generation Liberty. Similar to the old Cherokee in appearance, the 2008 Jeep Patriot is a familiar-looking four-door Jeep wagon meant to be the tougher and …