It's been six years since the introduction of the Liberty by famed off-road pioneer, Jeep. Originally added to the line-up as a replacement for the aging Cherokee the Liberty continues its lineage with long time styling iconic vertical slat grille and prominent greenhouse body architecture. The split-opening rear lift gate adds functionality and access to the rear cargo area.
Its rugged heritage is also suggested by the bulging fender lines and squared-off wheel wells filled with 16 or 17-inch Aluminum wheels shod with all season radial tires. Both Sport and Limited versions of the Liberty carry Jeep's "Trail Rated" designation; aided in part by a ground clearance of 7.4 inches, its telescoping drive shaft and available skid-plate group.
You can buy the new Liberty with rear wheel drive or with Jeeps part-time electronically controlled 4-wheel drive system. All vehicles share the 3.7 Liter V6 that produces 210 horsepower. And drive train options also include both 4 and 6-speed automatic transmissions.
All Liberty models come with four wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist and electronic stability control standard.
The EPA estimated fuel economy for this latest generation of Jeep's compact SUV is 15 MPG City and 22 Highway.
60/40 split folding and reclining rear seats and a fold-flat front passenger seat add convenience when it comes to carrying passengers and cargo.
Standard and optional electronics include Chrysler's 30-gigabyte hard drive multi-media system with GPS and DVD player sharing the 6.5 inch touch screen LCD display as well as in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 player routed through an 8 channel, 368 Watt premium sound system.
MSRP for the Jeep Liberty rages from $ 23,330 at the low end up to $ 34,000 for a fully optioned 4 wheel-drive Limited Edition. All Liberties carry a 3 year/ 36,000 mile warranty.
The Jeep Liberty: Next generation thinking by America's pioneer SUV manufacturer.