Summary, Prices, Specs

By December 13, 2004

Summary

Jeep Liberty strikes a balance between off-road capability and on-road sophistication. It's a good choice for drivers who like to venture into the backcountry, but need comfort and practicality in a daily driver. A higher degree of off-highway capability separates the Liberty from other small SUVs. Though less agile on the road than the so-called cute-utes, the Liberty is superior once you leave the pavement.

New Car Test Drive editor Mitch McCullough filed this report from Charlottesville, Virginia; John Stewart contributed to this report.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Jeep Liberty Sport 2WD ($19,190); Renegade 2WD ($21,975); Limited 2WD ($23,525); Sport 4WD ($20,700); Renegade 4WD ($23,485); Limited 4WD ($25,035); Limited CRD Sport 4x4 ($24,515); Liberty CRD Limited 4x4 ($26,745)
Engines:150-hp 2.4-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4; 210-hp 3.7-liter sohc 12-valve V6; 2.8-liter turbo diesel inline-4
Transmissions:4-speed automatic; 6-speed manual; 5-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):front airbags, driver''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s seat-belt pre-tensioner, LATCH child-seat anchor system
Safety equipment (optional):ABS; side-curtain airbags
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Toledo, Ohio
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Jeep Liberty Limited Edition 4WD ($25,035)
Standard equipment:V6, automatic transmission, Command-Trac part-time 4WD, air conditioning, 12-volt accessory outlets, AM/FM/CD w six speakers, power speed-sensitive door locks, headlamps w time-delay off, , illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, map/dome reading lamps, courtesy and cargo lamps, dual power mirrors, tachometer, rear window defroster, variable intermittent wipers, folding rear seat split 65/35, cargo tie-down loops, matching spare wheel; 136-amp alternator, cargo area cover, cargo area trim panel w storage net, cloth low-back reclining front bucket seats, skid plates for front suspension, fuel tank and transfer case, P235/70R16 tires, 16-inch aluminum wheels, body-color fascias, premium body-colored fender flares, front and rear floor mats, fog lamps, body-color side molding
Options as tested (MSPR):side curtain airbags ($490); ABS ($600); Quick Order Package 28F (-$500)
Destination charge:$610
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$26235
Layout:four-wheel drive
Engine:3.7-liter sohc 12-valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):210 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):235 @ 4000
Transmission:4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:17/21 mpg
Wheelbase:104.3 in.
Length/width/height:174.4/71.6/71.9 in.
Track, f/r:60.0/59.7 in.
Turning circle:35.9 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.7/57.0/40.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:42.1/47.4/37.2 in.
Cargo volume:69.0 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:5000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:live axle, dual lower trailing links, single upper trailing A-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:9.4 in.
Curb weigth:4115 lbs.
Tires:P235/70R16
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:19.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of December 13, 2004.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-925-5337 - www.jeep.com