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2011 Jeep Liberty Review

Offroad vehicle with cargo space and a functional back seat

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2011 Jeep Liberty is a compact SUV that provides excellent offroad handling for its class.

The Range

Body style: SUV
Models: Sport, Limited, Renegade

What's New

The 2011 Jeep Liberty features a new steering wheel and radio.

Exterior

Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, a rear window wiper, power door locks and windows, power heated mirrors, dusk-sensing headlights, stability control, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, and tire pressure monitoring.

Optional equipment includes a media center, auxiliary transmission fluid cooler, P235/70R16 OWL all-terrain tires, a power sunroof, a Sky Slider full open sunroof, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, a full-size spare tire, and an engine block heater.

The Sky Slider Sunroof is a power canvas sunroof reminiscent of old time softtop Jeeps. With the Sky Slider open, cabin noise increases greatly during highway driving.

The Limited offers the following standard equipment (in addition to, or in place of, the Sport equipment): a chrome grille, 17-inch painted alloy wheels, a remote anti-theft alarm system, and fog lights.

The Renegade trim level is geared toward the offroad enthusiast. It offers 16-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, Selec-Trac II Active full-time 4WD, skid plates, and a roof rack.

Interior

Interior equipment includes cruise control, power steering, a tilt steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, interior air filtration, air-conditioning, a tachometer, a front console with storage, a manual flip-up liftgate window, a rear liftgate door, cargo tie downs, a brake hill holder, a four-wheel ABS, front and rear airbags, emergency braking assist, ventilated front disc brakes and solid rear disc brakes, an engine immobilizer, premium cloth upholstery, a fold-flat passenger seat, a split-folding rear seatback, reclining rear seats, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite audio system with six speakers.

The Limited offers a multi-level heating passenger seat, a six-way power driver’s seat with manual lumbar support and height adjustment, a two-way power passenger seat, leather upholstery, a universal remote transmitter, a tilt adjusting steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, leather interior trim, an electrochromatic inside rear-view mirror, memory settings for two drivers, and a 368-watt audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite and nine Infinity speakers plus a subwoofer. It comes pre-wired for phone and Bluetooth.

The Renegade includes premium cloth seats, leather trim on the console, and a leather steering wheel.

Performance & Handling

The Liberty has more towing capacity (5,000 pounds) than most of its competitors. It offers plenty of cargo space (60.9 cubic feet, maximum). Its seats are functional and sit high for better visibility. The independent front suspension and five-link rear suspension manage on-road handling. Rack-and-pinion steering comes standard.

The Sport model comes equipped with a 3.7-liter, 210 hp V-6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission with rear drive. The 2011 Jeep Liberty Sport also offers the option of Command Trac part-time four-wheel drive.

Jeep has several packages you can purchase to further customize your 2011 Jeep Liberty Sport. With the optional Towing Package, the Liberty can tow 5,000 pounds. If you choose the four-wheel drive option, equipment includes descent control, electronic hi-lo gear selection, and automatic locking hubs. A skid plate option group is also available.

Safety

When “4WD Low” is selected, Hill Descent Control (HDC) provides a controlled rate of speed when driving downhill. Gear reduction and engine braking are supplemented by electronic brakeforce distribution – traditionally handled by a low-range transfer case. The Liberty’s HDC activates or deactivates by pressing the HDC button. It senses the topography of the off-road surface.

Hill Start Assist (HSA) allows for a smooth start on a grade. The system retains brake pressure for two seconds after the driver takes his foot off the brake pedal, allowing him to move to the gas pedal without having the Liberty roll backwards. As pressure to the gas pedal increases, the ABS (Antilock Braking System) decreases brake pressure.

EPA Fuel Economy

Front-drive: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Four-wheel drive: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Hill Descent Control
  • Hill Start Assist

You Won't Like

  • Unimpressive power
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Poor handling
  • Poor headlights

Sum Up

Offroad vehicle with cargo space and a functional back seat

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