I've had the Jeep Liberty for about 2 weeks. Before this I had driven a Rodeo. It feels a little more stable than the Rodeo, but the Rodeo had a lot more leg room for both the front and back seats. When you sit in the Liberty, your legs go straight down--you have little room to stretch out your legs, which could be frustrating during a long drive. One of the first things I noticed was that it hardly has a dashboard. I also test-drove the Jeep Patriot, but that was a 4-cylinder and the steering wheel was disturbingly small. Between the Pathfinder and Xterra, the Jeep Liberty feels more like the Pathfinder. The Liberty drives more smoothly than the Xterra.
It has a nice outer look. I'm really not bothered by the plastic inside. It has plenty of space in the back as well as a hidden compartment. I like that the spare is placed underneath as opposed to on the back of the vehicle. I also like that the back seat can be folded down in sections.
At around 55-60 mph, there is so much wind noise it feels like I'm taking off in an airplane. The mpg is quite low. I'm used to having plenty of leg room and the Liberty doesn't. For such a large vehicle you'd think there would be more space for the people riding in it.