2010 Jeep Liberty

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2010 Jeep Liberty Review

Good-looking, capable off-roader in need of updating

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In a Nutshell
The 2010 Jeep Liberty is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that is available in three trims: Limited Sport Utility, Renegade Sport Utility, and Sport Sport Utility. Equipped with rear- or four-wheel drive, the Jeep Liberty is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine married to a four-speed automatic transmission. Properly equipped, the Liberty can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Brawny, aggressive, and rugged, the Jeep Liberty displays superior off-road capabilities. However, the Liberty is a bit underpowered for its large size. While the Liberty's exterior is attractive, the interior is fairly sparse, with hard, cheap plastic components and a few minor leather pieces of leather. The 2010 Jeep Liberty is wider and longer than some previous models and has improved handling and driving abilities. The Liberty is plagued by poor gas mileage in the 15 mpg city / 21 mpg highway range, and its safety record could use improvement as well.

New for 2010

For 2010, the Jeep Liberty gets a few additional standard equipment features, depending on the trim you choose, and there's a new Renegade trim with off-road features and capabilities.

Essentials

Engine: 3.7L V-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Body Style: SUV
Trims: Limited Sport Utility, Renegade Sport Utility, Sport Sport Utility

On the Outside

The Jeep Liberty is distinguished by its rugged looks. If you prefer even more of an aggressive stance, get the Renegade trim that comes with off-road tires and a skid plate.

From the Inside

While the Jeep Liberty Sport trim has a fairly cheap and plastic-looking interior, the Limited trim offers a few pieces of leather.

Driving Performance

Coming with either rear- or four-wheel drive, Jeep Liberty is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine generating 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. With the proper equipment, the Liberty can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Jeep Liberty features a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, curtain first and second row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, traction and stability control, electronic roll mitigation, and active front head restraints.

Gas Mileage

Limited 4x2: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Limited 4x4: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway
Renegade 4x4: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway
Sport 4x2: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Sport 4x4: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Superior off-road capabilities
  • Rugged, brawn good looks
  • Adequate tow capacity

Minuses

  • Underpowered engine
  • Out of date four-speed transmission
  • Poor gas mileage

Rating

Good-looking, capable off-roader in need of updating

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