Hip to be square
The original Liberty was just a bit too cutesy. Well, that’s not an issue anymore.
This Jeep looks like a Jeep – squareshouldered and tough. Under the metal is a version of the Dodge Nitro’s chassis. The Liberty looks rugged but it’s more refined than its predecessor.
However, because it’s “Trail Rated,” the Liberty can be optioned with real 4wd. And that means a choice of two transfer cases – both with low-range gears. The sole powertrain is a 3,7-litre 157 kW V6 paired to a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic. On our drive, the Limited wasn’t exactly quick. We’d like to see Chrysler’s more powerful 4,0-litre V6 as an option. Or better yet, bring back the Liberty diesel. We dig the optional Sky Slider canvas sunroof for open air Jeeping. Downside? It takes way too long to open and close.
Of course, Jeeps aren’t just for slogging through mud bogs. They have to haul stuff, too. And the new Liberty makes that easy with a completely flat load floor. Builders Warehouse, here we come.