Jeep Liberty - Review

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The 2010 Jeep Liberty is strong suited with excellent off-road capabilities that make this affordable SUV an attractive buy. It stands out with its exterior, trail rated off-roading and unique Sky Slider full length canvas roof, which itself is an industry first. With a base price of $23,000, the 2010 Jeep Liberty is a good value when compared with other off-road SUVs. New to the Liberty is a system that shuts off engine cylinders when decelerating to improve its gas mileage.

The 2010 Liberty is available in three trim levels: Sport, Renegade, and Limited; all come with a choice of two different four wheel drive systems. The 2010 Liberty is powered by a 3.7-liter 210 horsepower V6 engine that is adequate enough to provide enough power for the typical Jeep driver. The only option for the transmission is a four speed automatic, since the six speed manual transmission has been discontinued. Towing capacity ranges from 3,500 to 5,000 pounds, and the Liberty's fuel economy is good for an off-road SUV.

According to EPA ratings, the two wheel drive model nets 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, while the four wheel drive nets 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. The most noticeable feature on the Liberty is the Sky Slider roof, a feature that's a scrolling canvas top that runs nearly the length of the vehicle. Inside, the Liberty's interior is spacious enough, but disappoints in quality and available features. Most have found the five passenger cabin to be comfortable, even though the rear seats are bit cramped. Stain Repel, a stain-, and odor- resistant fabric, is standard on all trims.

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