When compared to the Chevrolet Blazer and Oldsmobile Bravada owned by my brothers, this Jeep is very obviously a much more substantial, solid and trouble free vehicle.
The 4.0 Liter Inline 6 is a very powerful engine, capable of delivering accelleration that is surprising to owners of other SUV's. The transmission shifts smoothly and the 4x4 system is beyond compare, even with the allegedly superior Grand Cherokee.
Handling with this Jeep is amazing. There is absolutely no feel of being top heavy and no body lean in corners. Braking is excellent as well.
The interior of the Classic provides a feel of being completely in command of this vehicle. The control panel is well placed and layed out, the seats are very comfortable for a smaller SUV, and the stereo is generally good.
Outside, the Cherokees low roofline, combined with it's classic angular lines and aggressive stance give this car an almost knife-like appearance. Sadly, the new Libery looks more like a mini-van than a performance oriented SUV like it's older sibling.
My new Jeep will be a Wrangler Sport because I do not like the Liberty and the Grand Cherokee is far too large and expensive for my needs. DaimlerChrysler made a huge mistake in cancelling the Cherokee, but they had to. Nobody would have bought the Liberty if they still had the choice of this vehicle.