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In our trail testing, we found that the Xterra didn’t exhibit as much suspension articulation as the Liberty, but the difference was minimal. In addition, the limited slip in the Xterra might as well have not been there for all the good it did. The Liberty wasn’t much better. We had to forcefully use the hand brake and throttle to make the Liberty’s limited slip function even slightly. In the Xterra’s favor is its greater ground clearance. The numbers show that the ground clearance difference between the two is 0.45 inches. While this may not seem like a lot, the noises made when the Liberty banged into rocks on the trail indicated it means a lot in the real world.