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2009 Jeep Liberty Limited 4x4 Review

Classic Wanderlust

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2009 Jeep Liberty Limited 4x4

In short: A tough but comfortable off-road-loving SUV.


E
nclosed by a rugged yet refined exterior, the five-passenger 2009 Jeep Liberty Limited 4x4 will satisfy the most adventuresome wanderlust while packing all the accouterments that today’s drivers expect in a luxury automobile. A 210-horsepower V6 engine, active 4WD system (a part-time version is standard), all-speed traction control, and hill start assist and descent controls give this hardy SUV access to rough terrain, making the vehicle ideal for people who either live in remote places or regularly enjoy excursions into the boondocks. Our tester came with classy options that included an airy Sky Slider full-length canvas roof, leather-trimmed bucket seats, powered and heated front seats, and a multimedia navigation system with GPS.

Read a review of the 2006 Jeep Liberty Renegade 4x4

Warranty/Service: Lifetime powertrain warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile rust-through warranty; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour towing assistance.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $27,430 / As tested: $32,985

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, 4WD, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 3.7-liter, 12-valve SOHC V6
Horsepower: 210 hp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque: 235 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Curb weight:
4,278 lbs
Wheelbase: 106.1 in
Length/Width/Height: 176.9/72.1/71.1 in
Turning circle: 35.5 ft

Brakes:
all-wheel disc with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: independent front; live axle in rear
Traction: Selec-Trac II active full-time 4WD system; all-speed traction control; electronic stability program; hill start assist; hill descent control

0-60 mph: n/a
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 15 mpg
EPA Highway: 21 mpg

Smog Index:
.4

Safety:
advanced multistage front airbags; supplemental side curtain airbags; occupant classification system; enhanced accident response system; tire pressure monitoring system with an independent tire pressure display; speed-sensitive power locks

Likes:
roomy; somewhat comfortable
Dislikes: not the best city car (mpg)

 

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