June Sales: SUVs

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
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  • NulloModo NulloModo on Jul 08, 2010

    I'm surprised to see so many people are buying Liberties. I've driven both generations of them and have walked away very unimpressed both times. The new one looks better, and the sky-slider roof is cool, but it is incredibly cramped inside. The Wrangler numbers however, make sense. A Wrangler is a great second or third vehicle, especially with the soft top in a sunny climate. There's nothing like the feeling you get from driving around with the top down and the doors off on a nice warm day.

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    • Ajla Ajla on Jul 08, 2010

      I'm guessing a lot of the the Liberty's popularity comes from its low price and 5000lb towing capacity.

  • Dimwit Dimwit on Jul 08, 2010

    I'm surprised at the strength of the Explorer and even more at the Expedition. I would've thought that that monster would have collapsed in this market. Ford seems to have its act together here as well.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Jul 09, 2010

    I'm blown away that Wranglers sell so well. I've always considered them one of the most useless things on the road. I know they are great off-road but once on the pavement they are like a fish out of water. Wonder what percentage of sales are the 4-Dr models. They seem like they would be a lot more practical. I see Ford is still selling plenty of Exploders with the transmissions that self destruct as soon as you hook a trailer to the back of them.

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    • Pete Zaitcev Pete Zaitcev on Jul 09, 2010

      Fuel economy is kinda bad. Mine returns about 16 to 19 in daily driving, which about corresponds to a pretty big Ford truck (while not having a bit truck's utility); or a Ranger, because it's ancient and sucks. In theory it's even worse than what Frontier/Equator should do, although I heard their EPA numbers are optimistic (of course it's unless you tow something). Surprisingly I am beating Liberty. Chrysler really loves gasoline, it seems.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Jul 09, 2010

    My SIL had one. So I had the chance to both ride in it and drive it numerous times. The ergos where awful. It had a ton of wind and road noise. It handled like crap, rode like crap and was a dog. The mileage was horrid considering it's size or lack of. It could only carry two people somewhat comfortably. You couldn't haul anything with it, you couldn't tow anything with it. After they got married my brother wasted no time getting rid of it. I'll take any 90's compact Toyota 4X4 PU over a Jeep for getting around anytime. To say it's twice the truck is doing the Toy an injustice.

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    • Blue adidas Blue adidas on Jul 10, 2010

      I had one. Loved it, but you're exactly correct that it's crude. It's completely impractical as a commuter car. But as a second car, there's nothing better than taking the top off, doors off, flipping the windshield down and driving it on the beach. If you need a car with the practicality and comfort of a Camry, a Wrangler isn't for you.