It's been eight years since the introduction of the Jeep Liberty. Originally added to the line-up as a replacement for the aging Cherokee, the Liberty continues Jeep's iconic vertical slat grille and prominent greenhouse body architecture.
The Liberty's rugged heritage is also reinforced by its classic bulging fender lines and squared-off wheel wells filled by 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, a telescoping drive shaft and an available skid-plate package.
The Liberty comes equipped with a 3.7 Liter V6 that produces 210 horsepower and 235 pound feet of torque. Power is sent through a 4-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels or electronically controlled 4-wheel-drive.
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The split-opening rear lift gate adds functionality and access to the rear cargo area, while the 60/40 split folding and reclining rear seats and a fold-flat front passenger seat add endless options for passengers and cargo alike.
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 an in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 player routed through an 8 channel, 368 Watt premium sound system.
Standard safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, all-speed traction control, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, multi-stage front airbags, and supplemental front and side curtain airbags.
Base MSRP for the 2010 Jeep Liberty Sport is $23,255. The Limited trim starts at $27,125. The Liberty is backed by a 5-Year 100,000-Mile powertrain warranty.
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