By KBB.com Editors
Die-hard Jeep fans may have worried that the redesigned Jeep Liberty would go soft in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience, but that didn't happen. Last year's complete makeover saw the Liberty become more civilized, thanks to a long list of features, improved ride and handling and better fuel economy. At the same time, a pair of very capable four-wheel drive systems, a highly functional interior and a more rugged styling theme allow the Liberty to retain its off-road roots. While it's difficult to meet the various needs of modern SUV buyers, Jeep fans can rest easy knowing the redesigned Liberty still embodies all that the Jeep brand has come to represent.You'll Like This Car If...
You'll like the Jeep Liberty if you want a mid-size SUV with rugged good looks, room for five and go-anywhere off-road capabilities. Plus, the Sky Slider Roof lets you have open air fun without the added noise and security concerns of owning a soft-top Jeep Wrangler.You May Not Like This Car If...
You may not like the Jeep Liberty if you don't plan to venture away from paved roads. By focusing strictly on on-road handling, many newer crossover SUVs offer more comfort and efficiency than the Liberty while still offering SUV roominess.What's New for 2009
The 2009 Jeep Liberty receives more standard content, while improvements to the vehicle's suspension and steering round out the major mechanical changes.Driving It Driving Impressions
The 2009 Jeep Liberty must contend with both on- and off-road driving situations and it manages to perform admirably in both. At freeway speeds, the revised suspension provides a smooth and quiet ride, yet on winding roads the steering is responsive and body lean is well controlled. However, it is away from paved roads where the Jeep Liberty really shines, with two highly capable four-wheel drive systems, All-speed Traction Control, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist and anti-lock brakes with rough road detection giving the Liberty truly impressive off-road credentials. The Liberty's V6 provides plenty of power for tackling demanding trails, but on the open road it feels lethargic, requiring frequent downshifts to maintain speed when traveling uphill.Favorite Features
Sky Slider Roof
Opening the optional Sky Slider Roof lets the sun shine in and the breeze waft around the cabin, yet with the soft-top closed interior noise is on par with the standard metal-roof Jeep Liberty.
uconnect tunes Infotainment System
Combining a hands-free phone system, voice-recognition, 30 gigabyte digital music storage, GPS navigation and real-time traffic information, the Liberty's uconnect tunes option offers lots of information, communication and entertainment resources in one easy-to-use device.