By KBB.com Editors
Die-hard Jeep fans may once have worried that any attempt to redesign the Jeep Liberty would have it go soft, but that hasn't happened. The latest model to carry the Liberty name saw a complete remake in 2008, which included a long list of new features, an improved ride, better 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 latest Liberty still embodies all that the Jeep brand has come to represent.
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 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. The Liberty's fuel economy is also less than impressive.
Limited trims receive more standard equipment, while all models are now outfitted with Jeep's Interactive Decel Fuel Cutoff (iDFSO), a fuel saving mechanism that cuts fuel to the engine when decelerating.
Driving Impressions The 2010 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.
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 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.
The interior of the 2010 Jeep Liberty offers the clean, functional simplicity one expects from a Jeep. From the perspective of off-road enthusiasts, the Liberty's easy-to-clean, hard plastic interior is ideal, but those who enjoy a bit of panache from a vehicle's interior should opt for the Limited trim's "Comfort and Convenience" package and the available Uconnect infotainment system. Head room is good in all seating positions; however, with the front seats adjusted for normal-sized adults, rear-seat leg room can be tight. Cargo space behind the second row is good, but those needing more space will appreciate standard 60/40 flat-folding rear seats and the optional folding front-passenger seat.Exterior
The 2010 Jeep Liberty reverts to the squared look of the original Jeep Cherokee while also presenting a modern take on classic Jeep styling cues. A box-like profile and prominent fender flairs create a solid purposeful stance, while its signature seven-slot grille and hexagonal headlamps with round lighting elements give the Liberty a face that looks distinctly Jeep. In back, the spare tire resides beneath the vehicle, allowing easy access to the tailgate's flip-up rear glass.
The 2010 Jeep Liberty is offered in two trims: Sport and Limited. The standard equipment list for the base Sport trim includes Stain Repel stain-resistant seat fabric, air conditioning, body-colored bumpers and fender flares, MP3-capable CD player with auxiliary audio input jack, power windows, heated mirrors and power door locks. The Limited Edition Liberty adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seating , premium Infinity speakers with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier, chrome exterior accents and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Standard safety features for both trims include anti-lock brakes (ABS), stability control with roll-over mitigation, traction control, front row active head restraints, front airbags and two-row side-curtain airbags.
There are several option packages available to further outfit the Jeep Liberty, including the Sport trim's Popular Equipment Group, which features a fold-flat front passenger seat, fog lamps, cruise control, tinted glass and a two-pronged power outlet. Other options include 18-inch wheels, Trailer Tow Group, automatic temperature control, power sunroof, Sky Slider canvas top and the Uconnect navigation and radio system. 4X4 Limited models can be equipped with a Dana 30 front axle, skid plates and all-season tires.
The 2010 Jeep Liberty is powered by a 3.7-liter V6. It offers plenty of power when tackling rough trails but the on-road acceleration is underwhelming. The Liberty features only one transmission: a standard four-speed automatic. The Liberty is offered with a choice of Command-Trac II part-time four-wheel drive or Selec-Trac II full-time four-wheel drive. Both systems include a low-speed transfer case which multiplies engine torque to help traverse challenging terrain at very low speeds.
210 horsepower at 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD), 15/21 (4WD)
By B.D. on Saturday, November 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"It will go nearly anywhere in nearly any type of weather. Those who complain about the 21 mpg should try driving a Prius in the woods. Haven't had a problem with the vehicle since new (almost 4 years ago). Jeeps are the only way to go in northern Wisconsin."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Ed on Saturday, October 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Price as a leftover"
Cons: "Too many minor issues, and no updates on the dash"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I take car of all my cars for exception of all my fishing stuff I keep in the rear, but otherwise keep up with all service needs as required. But I got really annoyed at the little things that began to go wrong after only a few years. For example, the rear brak cover plastic started to get water in it eventually shorting out the brak light on one side, the lighter holder kept falling out of the dash almost immediately after plugging my phone into occassionally. The door window seals must Hve allowed window to leak wter causing window to slide down no longer operable by the electric window motor. That cost about $700 to fix which required n entire door assembly. The in bord computer went just under 60,000 miles. Expensive to fix. One of the brake locked up causing the wheel rotors nd lol other parts of the wheel to be replaced again t round 56,000 (just after warranty...go figure). Though I like th way the jeep handles in snow in 4 wheel drive, and I. Various rugged conditions, I'm not sure I'd buy another one despite their reputation. Too many Nicole and dime service issues."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By FinsFan69 on Saturday, October 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Pretty vehicle"
Cons: "Minor problems often, with very poor gas mileage."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Bought this Jeep Liberty brand new. Off the lot its a nice SUV. Mileage is another thing. I gave it some time as suggested waiting for the mileage to even out. Off the lot and ever since it averages about 17 mpg. Very bad for this type of vehicle. There is nothing dynamic about the vehicle to cause such low gas mileage. It is well maintained and nice. I have had issues such as the following. When I started the vehicle, the windshield wipers would automatically come on. The seats seem to be coming unstable, after just 2 short years of driving. The heater along the floor went out, but still worked through the vents. Although, they seem like minor problems these are things that tie up work days to get fixed. The mileage will never be fixed, and has not lived up to paperwork stats as far as getting around 21 mpg. You will be at the pumps often with this vehicle."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By roby on Saturday, September 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "4x4 fully loaded for a reasonable price"
Cons: "tire wear, fishtelly in snow"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I did a ton of research before buying any vehicle because I have a beater car. I knew I was looking for a 4wd that got around 20 mpg. We get a good amount of snow where I live and I always have to go to work in it. I looked at all kinds of jeeps and other name brands before I came across the jeep I bought. Be patient while buying one of these because some dealers have them way over priced and are trying to get you for every penny. This website said I should pay about 18 thousand for the fully loaded 09 jeep I bought. At the end of the day I only paid 15,500. It does drive a little more off roady then some other suv or cross overs I drove in the search for my new 4x4.One of the things I read about is the front tires wear easy which the dealer also told me. I have yet to use it in the snow which was what made me most nervous about this jeep is that most consumers say it can get fishtelly in the snow. that I will update you on but for now it has been a great jeep."
3 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Jeep lover on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Best Jeep I ever bought. I have the tow package and it can haul, this Jeep is mighty with great gas mileage and excellent in the snow and great city driving as well. Hightly recommend!"
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Nick on Monday, September 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "High visibility, 4WD"
Cons: "Front suspension during turns chews tires really f"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"When you turn wheels all the way rubber is getting scraped off really fast, you can feel it. And it feels as wheels are trying to lay down on the ground. Very unstable on the slippery roads"
1 person out of 4 found this review helpful