I love jeeps, but when it comes to crossover suv's, I've found the ford escape/mariner to be some of the best on the market. I had an 01 escape 4x4 and took that poor thing where you wouldn't try to drag a chain and I never had to walk. I abused it off road I will addmitt. My 08 mariner is tougher yet with a better 4x4 system, a rugged stance and a little better ground clearance. Sorry jeep fans, but the escape gets the nod for a small crossover. My 08 4x4 mariner gets 20.6 around town and 24 highway and thats with a 200 hp V-6 and 4 speed automatic and it's not even broke in yet. The 09 has a 240 hp V-6 with a 6 speed automatic. The 4 cylinder is now 170 hp with a 6 speed auto. "Sorry", I have to be honest.
1987 wrangler, 258 I-6, 5-speed.
2007 liberty sport 4X4, automatic
2009 ford ranger 4x4 FX4 OFF/ROAD, 5-speed