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Through the early generations the Subaru Liberty built a reputation as a lithe and nimble medium-sized passenger car that was a smart choice.
Later it grew in size and weight - as cars do - and lost some of its charm, both to drive and look at.
But the sixth generation was still a very competent vehicle, making it strong competition for the big selling Toyota Camry and the excellent Mazda6.
The Subaru Liberty's all-wheel drive system added surety on slippery roads and its safety equipment list was strong.
The boxer engine was a less convincing part of the package. The four lacked low-rev torque and the six was thirsty.
But as a well-built, spacious and reliable mid-size sedan package, it’s hard to go past the Subaru Liberty.