The driver's choice
By ducati on
2002 Land Rover Freelander HSE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
We compared the LR to the Jeep Liberty, Mazda Tribute, Honda CRV, Ford Escape, and Audi A4 Avant quattro. Out of those choices, only the Land Rover had excellent on-road manners (approaching that of a sport sedan) and off-road capability. It is truly an excellent blend for the real world user. I do think the dash is a bit ugly, but the quality of the leather (HSE) is 10 steps above the crap offered in the Liberty. For only a few more $$ than Liberty, and with 4.9% financing (3.9% for cloth S), this is the vehicle to own for those who like to drive. Interestingly enough, as we got down to our last drives, the Audi A4 Avant quattro was really the only competitor..
Wonderful seat leather in HSE, Nav system, h/k stereo is nice, engine is smooth and has a nice midrange, steptronic tranny is fun, and 4wd that works very well.
Dash materials/styling not up to par (Liberty wins here), fuel economy could be a bit better (although at 20mpg, much better than the 15 we could muster in the Lib).