2009 Jeep Liberty

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Engine Engine 3.7LV-6
MPG MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2009 Liberty Overview

The Jeep Liberty is quite capable off road, one of the best in its class.Compared to the Jeep Patriot and Compass, the Liberty is more of a true Jeep, with off-road prowess and bold, upright styling.

The Jeep Liberty was all-new for 2008, and is further improved for 2009, with refinements to its suspension, steering, and brakes.

The 2008-2009 Liberty is taller and more angular than the 2002-2007 models, reminiscent of the much-loved, rugged but crude 1990s Jeep Cherokee.The current model is bigger than the previous generation: 2.5 inches longer overall, and 2.0 inches longer in wheelbase.It rides smoother, too; but it maintains the ruggedness of the previous version.

All Liberty models come with a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 210 horsepower.For 2009, a four-speed automatic is now standard; but in these days of six-speed automatics, the four-speed is somewhat antiquated, and we don't think it gets the most out of the 3.7-liter V6, an engine that could use a little help.When it comes to fuel economy, the Liberty's weight and powertrain provide numbers that are on the lower end of the class.

Jeep has made an effort to refine the Liberty and add premium options.Snow Belt drivers will appreciate the full-time all-wheel drive system available in addition to the part-time system.Both four-wheel-drive systems make the Liberty highly capable off road, and they are aided by Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.Within its class, only the Nissan Xterra can claim as much off-road capability.

When they redesigned it for 2008, Jeep engineers set out to give the Liberty pleasant road manners and, when it comes to ride quality, they succeeded.The Liberty rides firmly, but irons out most bumps quite well and is stable on the highway.The Liberty sacrifices handling for off-road prowess, however.The Liberty leans in turns and has a floppy feeling in quick changes of direction.It's this aspect that makes the Liberty most comparable to the Nissan Xterra and Ford Escape.These three are more rugged, more capable off road than the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue, which are lighter, more agile, and more car-like.If we were heading up a rough logging road, we'd be pleased to be in a Liberty.

Inside, the Liberty has plenty of room for five.We view it as a step back in terms of materials quality and fit and finish, however.The previous Liberty had more soft touch surfaces and closer panel gaps, while the current model has more hard-plastic surfaces.Still, it's not an unpleasant cockpit.

Cargo room is a plus.The Liberty's second row seats fold flat, as does the front passenger seat, to provide plenty of room for hauling boxes, bikes and life's other accessories.

With a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, rugged off-road capability and plenty of cargo space, the Jeep Liberty is a good choice for small families or couples that tow boats or go camping.If your travels don't often take you off-road, the other small SUVs will deliver better fuel economy and better handling, but none will offer a more pleasant ride.
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2009 Liberty Overview

The Jeep Liberty is quite capable off road, one of the best in its class.Compared to the Jeep Patriot and Compass, the Liberty is more of a true Jeep, with off-road prowess and bold, upright styling.

The Jeep Liberty was all-new for 2008, and is further improved for 2009, with refinements to its suspension, steering, and brakes.

The 2008-2009 Liberty is taller and more angular than the 2002-2007 models, reminiscent of the much-loved, rugged but crude 1990s Jeep Cherokee.The current model is bigger than the previous generation: 2.5 inches longer overall, and 2.0 inches longer in wheelbase.It rides smoother, too; but it maintains the ruggedness of the previous version.

All Liberty models come with a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 210 horsepower.For 2009, a four-speed automatic is now standard; but in these days of six-speed automatics, the four-speed is somewhat antiquated, and we don't think it gets the most out of the 3.7-liter V6, an engine that could use a little help.When it comes to fuel economy, the Liberty's weight and powertrain provide numbers that are on the lower end of the class.

Jeep has made an effort to refine the Liberty and add premium options.Snow Belt drivers will appreciate the full-time all-wheel drive system available in addition to the part-time system.Both four-wheel-drive systems make the Liberty highly capable off road, and they are aided by Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.Within its class, only the Nissan Xterra can claim as much off-road capability.

When they redesigned it for 2008, Jeep engineers set out to give the Liberty pleasant road manners and, when it comes to ride quality, they succeeded.The Liberty rides firmly, but irons out most bumps quite well and is stable on the highway.The Liberty sacrifices handling for off-road prowess, however.The Liberty leans in turns and has a floppy feeling in quick changes of direction.It's this aspect that makes the Liberty most comparable to the Nissan Xterra and Ford Escape.These three are more rugged, more capable off road than the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue, which are lighter, more agile, and more car-like.If we were heading up a rough logging road, we'd be pleased to be in a Liberty.

Inside, the Liberty has plenty of room for five.We view it as a step back in terms of materials quality and fit and finish, however.The previous Liberty had more soft touch surfaces and closer panel gaps, while the current model has more hard-plastic surfaces.Still, it's not an unpleasant cockpit.

Cargo room is a plus.The Liberty's second row seats fold flat, as does the front passenger seat, to provide plenty of room for hauling boxes, bikes and life's other accessories.

With a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, rugged off-road capability and plenty of cargo space, the Jeep Liberty is a good choice for small families or couples that tow boats or go camping.If your travels don't often take you off-road, the other small SUVs will deliver better fuel economy and better handling, but none will offer a more pleasant ride.Hide Full Review