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1999 Jeep Cherokee SE 2dr SUV SE 2dr SUV
Bought this very basic 4x4 last summer with 125k on the clock, and just grow more enthusiastic every day. Its not a luxury car, but is very tractable on-road and there is NO vehicle still in production in 2008 that can come anywhere close to matching it for balancing on-road manners and sheer offroad capability. Its also built like a tank and is unbelievably reliable. Important stuff just does not fail on this car. Fuel econ. is quite good in commuting. They're so common that they're almost forgotten- but just look around you in traffic some day and start counting, and note how many still look great. Then remember there hasn't been a new one built for 7 years. Take THAT, Toyota.
Ruggedness and reliability.
Just come up with a real replacement! The Liberty is OK, but gives up too much in offroad capability and is too complex for the gains in on-road manners. The FJ Cruiser is a plastic-encased joke, and the Escape/Tribute is a FWD pretending to be a 4x4. This is a totally empty market segment currently