2007 Jeep Liberty

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2007 Jeep Liberty Review

For those wanting a compact SUV that will travel through the wilderness with ease, the 2007 Jeep Liberty is ideal. However, city-oriented buyers would find the Liberty’s rivals better-suited for smooth, daily driving.

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Overview

The 2007 Jeep Liberty is as good as it gets when it comes to off-roading and trekking through the mountain trails. Jeeps have long been synonymous with adventurous off-roading endeavors, and the 2007 Jeep Liberty continues in this long-standing tradition. Climbing boulders, weaving through dirt trails, and stirring up some gravel are all easy achievements for the Liberty and do not require much effort. The Jeep Liberty performs best on hills and off-road terrain, as it is equipped with the proper suspension, solid rear axle, and steep departure angles necessary to handle these types of conditions well.

For on-road abilities, the 2007 Jeep Liberty fares well, but not as superbly as it performs off the pavement. Frequent camping trips or other recreational activities can be conquered with this compact sport utility vehicle (SUV), featuring enough cargo capacity to carry tents and supplies. Towing a boat or camper is not a problem, as the Liberty can tow approximately 5,000 pounds. Many of the necessary safety and luxury features are included within the SUV, along with the towing abilities and equipment. When it comes time to choose a vehicle for heavy terrains and off-roading, or even for occasional recreational use, the Jeep Liberty is a solid choice.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.7-liter, V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Jeep Liberty Sport, Jeep Liberty Limited

What's New

In the year 2007, Jeep stopped producing the 2.8-liter, diesel engine, and discontinued the Jeep Liberty’s Renegade trim.

Exterior

The compact 2007 Jeep Liberty SUV has plenty of exterior character, with its rugged and masculine body style. Jeep also offers some standard features to enhance the vehicle’s exterior appearance. The 2007 Jeep Liberty is offered in two body styles: the Sport and the Limited. Steel 16-inch wheels are included on the Sport model, and the Limited model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. The Limited Series models feature the classic chrome grille, and both trim levels come equipped with a roof rack and a rear defogger. Optional equipment includes a sunroof, which can be chosen to add more appeal to the Liberty.

Interior

The interior of the 2007 Jeep Liberty is as comfortable as most sedans, with plenty of room to seat four adults comfortably. The cabin is nicely designed with chrome-ringed gauges and satin aluminum accents. The standard interior features of the Liberty Sport models include air-conditioning, stability control, a six-speaker CD player stereo system, and full power accessories. The Limited Series models include the above amenities, along with cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a six-way, power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Cargo space is sufficient in the Jeep SUV with about 69 cubic feet after the seat folds down, and 31 cubic feet behind the rear split-folding seat. The full-size spare sits nicely on the rear cargo door for convenience and appearance. Additional options that are available include a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, leather upholstery, an in-dash audio system with a six-disc CD changer, and heated seats.

Performance & Handling

Both trim levels come with the option of either two-wheel drive or part-time AWD, along with the ""Selec-Trac"" full-time AWD system. The 2007 Jeep Liberty is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 that produces 210 hp with 235 lb-ft of torque. The Sport models come standard with a manual six-speed transmission, but drivers can opt for the automatic four-speed transmission. The automatic transmission is standard on all of the Limited Series models. Towing capability is impressive, and when the Jeep is properly equipped it can tow around 5,000 pounds.

Acceleration is fairly good with the V-6, but the gas mileage is poor. Fuel economy is certainly not the strong point of the Liberty SUV, but this is a typical drawback of SUVs in general. The strongest feature of the Liberty is its ability to handle off-road adventures with ease, while the long suspension travel takes care of most potholes and bumps during city driving.

Safety

Stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard features on the Liberty, and curtain airbags are optional. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) impact tests, the Jeep Liberty received a perfect score of five stars for driver protection and four stars for front occupant protection. In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Liberty received a less-than-perfect rating of ""marginal.""

EPA Fuel Economy

Jeep Liberty Sport: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Jeep Liberty Limited: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Tow capacity is impressive
  • Extreme off-road capabilities

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy is mediocre
  • Not ""car-like""

Sum Up

For those wanting a compact SUV that will travel through the wilderness with ease, the 2007 Jeep Liberty is ideal. However, city-oriented buyers would find the Liberty’s rivals better-suited for smooth, daily driving.

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