The Subaru Liberty has been quietly restoring a solid fan base over the past few years following significant equipment upgrades and price overhauling. It’s not the most spirited vehicle in the segment, however Liberty claws back with class-leading ride comfort, plus high scores for standard features, safety, smoothness/quietness and space. Liberty comes in three variants, and other than a few extra creature comforts and trim upgrades, the mid-spec 2.5i Premium doesn’t miss out on too much. It’s great to see a full-size spare wheel too. With Subaru’s EyeSight safety system on all models, it’s pleasing that Liberty buyers don’t pay more for safety equipment such as a pre-collision braking system, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure warning, lane sway warning and adaptive cruise control. CVTs have come a long way in the past 10 years and Subaru is now one of the most notable exploiters of the technology. The CVT in Liberty can perform like a traditional slick-shifting automatic by employing stepped ratios on the steering wheel paddles. So it’s another case of technology, attention to detail and quality, a generous equipment list and satisfying drive experience being rewarded with a podium finish for Liberty.