I'm just slightly biased but my preference would certainly be the Liberty with the options you've described. True...the FJ Cruiser did earn 4x4 of the Year (ahead of the Rubicon Unlimited) but Jeeps are Jeeps and the description you gave probably can't be topped in the compact/mid-size SUV market. I say go with the Liberty!
- "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost
2007 Biodiesel-powered Jeep WK Grand Cherokee 4x4 Limited with 3.0L CRD
2005 Ellsworth Truth MTB