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The Jeep Liberty Renegade and Sport — car reviews

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David Zatz

Liberty Renegade and Jeep Sport car reviews

The Jeep spurred many arguments in the community, thanks to its independent suspension and modern engine, but in the what matters is how well it on and off-road, and the answer to that is quite well. That be surprising; Jeep invented the independent front suspension in 1962 with the Wagoneer.

The model is equipped with gear for off-road use, with a special light color. The price is still reasonable for this segment, considering the relative comfort of the the strengths of its engine, and Jeep’s off-road reputation.

The Liberty the Jeep look, perhaps than the square-headlight Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, going to round headlights.

Perhaps the groundbreaking aspect of the Jeep has been its strong reliability for decades, Jeeps and other faired poorly in reliability with Jeep known for (resistance to shocks and abuse) but not freedom from mechanical (To be fair, many off-road-ready have had this issue most quality surveys the Hummer H1 firmly at the bottom, in low-quality ranking by Land and Range Rovers.) But the Liberty has firmly to the tops of the charts.

groundbreaking feature has just in 2005 models: a diesel option, available on either or Limited models, providing life, long breaks service, and the towing and torque of a V6 better mileage than the

Handling on pavement was not exceptional the ground clearance was reduced a not even the Limited is surprisingly around corners, though the Renegade is a bit less exciting. is good, and of course with wheel drive on, accelerating in or snow is no problem. (Stopping and are still issues in any vehicle, wheel drive or not.) The all wheel drive is practical for use, while the part four wheel drive is in snow, dirt, and heavy A simple shifter makes modes easy, though a good strong push of the is needed.

We easily shifted modes while driving.

The is relatively well cushioned and for a true off-roader, making bumps disappear without smoothing out the ride or eliminating The engine is well insulated, and there is some wind it is will controlled.

The V6 engine is a revver, providing very acceleration once it gets — around 3,000 to rpm. The five-speed automatic makes very smooth avoiding the lurching which is when gear ratios are as far as they are with the Liberty. are still relative dead between gears, partly the ratios are so widely spaced, but the shifts are much more than they could be. In the automatic makes for a smooth but powertrain, which provides but not instant acceleration — as though it has a turbocharger.

The manual makes far better use of the engine.

The hundred pounds of weight the Liberty adds to the similarly Cherokee shows in gas mileage of 16 20 highway (1 mpg better in the 2003 with the automatic. Some loss would help economy and acceleration — admittedly Jeep could go the way and simply make the Liberty enough to justify its weight. The with stick and two wheel gets a respectable 21 city, 26 Only the diesel, which has horsepower to the four but gobs of can match it — and the diesel can tow pounds. (More on that

The manual transmission provides gas mileage and acceleration — the EPA it an extra mile per gallon in the but we suspect real life provide more benefits. an available manual transmission is the main advantage over the Cherokee. A diesel is available in 2005 models at an extra this allows the best gas of the three engines, despite hooked up to an automatic, along long oil-change intervals.

Interior space is vertically with considerable headroom and of seating for four. Five fit comfortably, as well, with for luggage. Entry and exit is easy, thanks to doors open wide. Rear leg could be better but will do for people, while cargo is efficient but not huge.

The rear fold down.

The rear is, depending on your point of clever or goofy, and we’re toward goofy. As you pull the the windows glass pops up; you can open the door. If you open the too quickly, the rubber support the glass — we could not any damage.

Pressing the rear release on the key fob pops the glass The door itself swings No matter what, if you use the rear you will get fingerprints on it, since no defined area to push it

It does shut very and with little force, but the design seems like a

Our 2005 model had a new organizing built into the rear area. It is easy to swing place our into storage, and can be folded out as well. Normally it flat, hiding the contents of the area; but unfold the three and there are two handy compartments for and such.

The top can only hold up to 30 (100 pounds when down), but it’s easy to into and out of place, and virtually the grocery-bag capacity of the Liberty a good thing given the cargo area.

The spare is sensibly mounted so it does not with rear visibility. doors have darkened

Inside as well as outside, the is a styling triumph. Starting a classy, 300M-like instrument the Liberty combines innovative and styling with simple to make a usable, attractive Bits of chrome here and consistent with the Jeep make the Liberty unusual being flashy or overdone no TT-style overkill. The instrument is easy to read at a glance, but the use of a circle for each warning is a bit odd. Differently textured for the center stack and other panes may raise some

The de rigeur passenger airbag off is cleverly situated off to the right, and off when the car is running and the passenger is empty.

The only quirk in the is the electric windows — buttons are clustered in the center with the front windows by the bottom buttons. Rear can move their windows switches on the back of the console. The is similar to the PT Cruiser.

Cup holders are but effective if you have the right cup, and there are plenty of for gear to be stowed.

Ventilation through modern round though for some reason the aero system in the PT Cruiser is not in the Liberty. The control is needlessly with the compressor control with the vent control, but the air is very powerful and took little time to cool the even on triple-digit-heat days. The air in short, is substantially more than any foriegn competitor driven.

The stereo is easy to with sliders for bass and and easily controlled knobs for and fade. The sound is very even on the Renegade’s base The Infinity stereo on our 2005 had a cheaper but less satisfying with only one knob volume); audio was handled by the Audio button repeatedly, and pressing up/down buttons.

It was to lower bass enough for radio (and it doesn’t settings by station), but otherwise had sound.

As with all fuel-injected one handy feature is the ability to computer fault codes a scanner. In brief, by moving the key and forth, you can see what problems the has seen and stored in its memory. can be a good way to keep your or mechanic honest, and is a major tool for do-it-yourselfers. (See the section at for an explanation of the codes mean.)

As with most SUVs, space can be increased by folding one or of the rear seats forward. As the back goes down, the bottom moves forward.

cargo can go into the center which has space for eight into a slot in the center the dual cupholder (which sunglasses nicely), or the front map The glove compartment has little and will probably be used to the wheel lock key.

Our sold for a base price of (including destination charge), with remote keyless four wheel drive, plate shields, speed rear washer/wiper, air, locks and windows (with controls for both driver and a six-speaker CD stereo, tilt lighting package, tow hooks, fog and a roof-mounted light bar. The does not come with like a navigation computer or seats, but that’s because set up as an off-road package, not a luxury The powerful roof lights, by an instrument panel switch, are bright and quickly turn day night.

They include caps so the lenses are not damaged in driving, and are probably illegal in states for on-road use. are also plastic fender with visible bolts, no to attract those who love truck/SUV styling. (The of the light package, special color, and plastic bits us to believe that more will be sold to macho in cities than to actual

One of the nicer options, familiar to owners for decades, is the overhead computer. It provides average and gas mileage, a compass and outside and distance-to-empty estimates. It isn’t but we do recommend it.

Our test Renegade did not one, but it did have a single — the automatic transmission. The green color, a no-cost is (we were told) available on the Renegade.

If you never plan to go the Renegade is probably not for you, much of the price goes to items: the roof lights increase wind noise and are not for on-road use), skid and such. But the Renegade might be the choice if you do go off-road, or need a emergency services vehicle, or far along a private path in the white North. We expect to be far higher than the Land and better than most of the off-road-capable competition as well.

The Liberty is a winner, with refinement for the price than its a smooth V-6, five-speed or stick, and Jeep’s well-deserved for off-road prowess. The Liberty is and higher quality than past Jeeps, but it is still in Toledo, and it is still an off-road

Jeep Liberty Diesel

Diesels are available on every model sold in Europe, Wrangler to Grand Cherokee, but in cheap gas and cheap cars, with troublesome and smoke-belching Mercedes and GM diesels, made the but more expensive engines rare outside of one-ton trucks.

Diesel engines are in Europe because they higher gas mileage and greater in a continent where people to keep their cars and where fuel is more these factors offset the initial price. So does lower maintenance (oil every 12,500 miles, for and their terrific torque at low speeds, which is handy in traffic. Their roughly-20% carbon dioxide emissions are too.

As an added factor in favor, diesels can run on grown and fuel — that is, which is a fluid with properties made by distilling oil, soy, or various wastes. Biodiesel is grown does not require lots of energy for distillation (as alcohol and do), and, when is generally not toxic. People can grow their own biodiesel Chrysler uses a 5% bio fuel see sidebar) for Libertys as they the factories, but research has shown pure biodiesel can be run in Cummins (used in Ram trucks) with no and we suspect Libertys can run it equally (Pure biodiesel is fairly at commercial filling stations, in Europe, but common in Germany, it qualifies for tax breaks.

As the EU phases in renewable-fuel laws, the of bio to petrodiesel will increase.) diesels can actually be the most and socially friendly engines: can preserve open space by farmers to stay in business, revenues from terror-supporting and businesses, and, because the can be produced locally with little energy input, and distributing biodiesel requires fuel (oil brought in the Middle East must be by boat and refined — steps require quite a bit of

The diesel Liberty is only more than the standard, model, but many of the first run of vehicles (assembled in Europe American bodies and engines go figure) use the pricey Limited for their base, leading to a price of at least $27,000 our test car, with other options, went over $30,000. (At the time we this, all Libertys had a $1,750 which we are not including). The Liberty is a better buy, in our opinion, a good number of creature and better cornering at a lower

The engine itself is a Detroit / VM Motori model, which is reputable, and a good choice the Mercedes engine that one normally expect to find the hood. It’s been in European Jeeps.

Like diesels, the VM likes to be warm it operates without spark relying on pressure to ignite the We tested it under rather conditions, with weather a high of 32 degrees Farenheit our drives, and reaching a low of 7 degrees. The always started, but it was very for a few minutes, making a pronounced noise complete with gradually quieting down time; and power was very low for the minute or two. On warmer (32 degrees), the engine quieted much more quickly and make quite as much at first; it also wasn’t as Gas mileage was horrendous for about the 15 minutes, and shot up rapidly the engine was fully warm.

isn’t the best choice for who makes lots of short around Newfoundland. Estimated for this engine, under EPA conditions, is better than of the V6 (with automatic) by 4 mpg city, 6 mpg — that is, 21/27. The manual, in contrast, is rated at 20 mpg 24 highway, with a six-speed transmission.

The Kia Sorento, by other is rated at 16 city, 22 highway V6 and automatic; the Ford Freestyle, we wouldn’t take offroad, is at 19 24 highway.

The Liberty seemed to be good at conserving its warmth; it almost no time to reach operating temperature, including heat from the vents, it had been left in freezing for three hours.

We were and gratified, that even at a 7 degrees Farenheit, the Jeep right up with only a of seconds on glow plugs. In weather — 20 degrees — the Jeep started up nothing more than a of the key and three or four cranks. a far cry from past diesels, required a fairly long on glow plugs even in weather.

Our Liberty was unmistakeably the familiar uneven clanky sound was present, but not annoying or at idle. The idle noise is a little louder than a gasoline engine, but different in — very familiar to any for whom small diesels are Jeep did probably make a in having the CRD initials on the back to this option, though; few know what CRD means rail diesel), and many, on and hearing this Liberty by, must have thought was wrong with the engine.

We’d certainly have out the whole word Diesel on the and on the sides, to explain the noise, people at the fast startups and lack of smoke, and provide rights to the owners.

Once the diesel provided plenty of right off idle, mostly in the of torque. The tachometer was cleverly set up so the was in the usual place on the dial, the engine itself only up to 4,300 rpm (standard engines to go up to 6,000 rpm). Any light of the throttle immediately sent the from 750 rpm to about 1,500 and the vehicle moved shortly We were rather surprised by and initially blamed the normally-responsive but an inquiry to Chrysler resulted in brief note: Until the kicks in (1500 to 1800 the diesel engine has excellent but limited acceleration.

It takes a to get used to this.

Flooring the gas idle brought a small then a sudden boost of and a quick shove forward. acceleration requires just a touch of the throttle, and the Liberty out to be a very responsive city

Highway acceleration is another due more to the under 1500 rpm (turbo lag) than to the The Liberty gets up to highway quickly enough, with large gaps between the due to the low (around 4,000 rpm) We suspect the six-speed manual would be ideal with the engine, but that combination available.

Perhaps if the diesel very well, it will be.

on the highway, the Liberty can’t at 55 mph without downshifting, which both delay and noise. the normally pleasant and responsive automatic ends up feeling and inefficient. At 65 mph, the engine back into its power and acceleration is quick, requiring a light touch of the throttle.

noise is moderately high at speeds, but not especially unpleasant.

in the right gear, the Liberty in a satisfying way to light throttle as one would expect with a of 295 lb-feet that peaks at rpm (idle is 750 rpm). This is actually greater than of the 4.7 liter V8, and almost as high as the V8; the V6 tops out at 235 lb-ft. That the Liberty diesel to tow up to 5,000 and it probably does so with ease than the V6.

However, is barely above that of the (160 vs 150), which in less than stellar numbers. (The V6 has 210 horsepower).

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the diesel is an interesting package. We that you consider the kind of you’ll do before ordering it, and about whether you can make or buy fuel for it as well. Though gas is substantially better than similar SUVs, a similarly car or a bigger minivan will or beat the diesel’s gas mileage ease.

If you’re only to get an SUV, it’s an economical, friendly option — and get more economical the longer you own it, as the of the diesel pays off.


The Liberty is a bargain before the standard copious You can easily spend the same on lesser vehicles, without a strong engine, comfortable and interior, or Jeep’s undeniable reputation. Our Sport, for example, at $19,170 with the strong V6, transmission, and part-time four drive. That includes defroster and wipers, folding seat, and six-speaker cassette

A huge number of options, air, power locks, and mirrors, keyless remote lighting package, trailer off-road package wit trac-lok ABS, full-time four drive, cruise control, and a CD changer, raised the price of our vehicle to just under Current incentives and bargaining knock that down to

Handling on pavement is surprisingly in the 2003 Sport, not bad in the 2002 — partly because the was lowered slightly to improve and to make it easier to climb in and Braking is good, and of course four wheel drive on, in rain or snow is no problem. and steering are still issues in any lest you feel overconfident.) The all wheel drive is practical for wet while the part time wheel drive is good in dirt, and heavy rain. A shifter makes changing easy.

We easily shifted modes while driving, two wheel drive generally has a feel in acceleration and turning.

the Jeep Liberty Sport in turns tended to result in noise and moderate understeeer, indications of being near the without crossing them. In the Liberty Sport behaves well under hard providing good feedback losing control. It should do most people require of it in driving without causing in sudden maneuvers.

The ride is cushioned and smooth, though you road imperfections thanks to the suspension. Still, it is unusually for a real off-roader. The engine is so insulated that it sometimes to be in the rear, since that’s you hear the exhaust (the has a more prominent exhaust tuned to give a sense of

There is less wind than we would expect.

is mixed. The engine is clearly and wants to rev high, but the Liberty is not a — indeed, it tips the at roughly 800 pounds more the Cherokee, and isn’t much The result is poor gas mileage the government estimates 17 city, 21 — and good, but not great, with the automatic.

The five-speed is very responsive, and downshifts and easily as needed. The manual no doubt provides better gas and acceleration. Indeed, looks and a transmission are the Liberty’s main over the Grand Cherokee.

we wrote the preceding paragraph the Limited, we tested a Sport the four-speed automatic. We found it to be better, so that acceleration is spirited and enjoyable. It is good at bursts of acceleration on demand, but less capable in sustained

Interior space is generous, considerable headroom — headroom in back — and of seating for four. Five fit comfortably, as well, with for luggage. Entry and exit is easy, thanks to doors open wide, and loading up the is convenient thanks to the Liberty’s height. Indeed, the lowering of the helped not just in handling, but in clambering in and out — you don’t up, you just get in.

For most people, a good height, and for off-road Jeep sells the Liberty

The rear hatch is both and goofy. As you pull the latch, the glass pops up; then you can the door. If you open the latch too presumably the rubber support the glass. Pressing the rear release on the key fob also pops the

The door itself swings after you raise the glass. are two sets of detents, for partial and for opening.

Visibility is good, and the tire is sensibly mounted so it not interfere with the rear

Inside as well as outside, the is a styling triumph. Starting a classy, 300M-like instrument the Liberty combines innovative and styling with simple to make a usable, attractive Bits of chrome here and consistent with the Jeep make the Liberty unusual being flashy or overdone no TT-style overkill. The instrument is easy to read at a glance, but the use of a circle for each warning is a bit odd.

Differently textured for the center stack and other panes may raise some

Most of the controls are sensible and The cruise control sits on the of the steering wheel, while control buttons are on the back applied to the Limited model we but not the newer Sport). The one problem is the windows — four are clustered in the center console, the front windows controlled by the buttons.

Rear passengers can move windows from switches on the of the console. The layout is similar to the PT and makes as little sense.

The shifter allows for manual of all four normal gears fifth gear is for kickdown First and second are selected by the itself, while a button on the shuts off overdrive, limiting you to The four wheel drive is controlled by a separate handle-like which can require some to move into neutral and four wheel drive.

Liberty buyers will use those settings, though may, perhaps, drop low gear for exceptionally bad winter

Ventilation comes through round vents, though for reason not the clever system in the PT Cruiser. The control is needlessly with the compressor control with the vent control. The Infinity stereo is much to handle, with sliders for and treble, and easily controlled for balance and fade. As you move the and knobs, a digital display where you are. It has excellent too, with strong and clear stereo separation.

CD and modes are cycled using a button, a more convenient than in past models.

As all modern Jeeps, one handy is the ability to view computer codes without a scanner. By in the odometer reset button and moving the key to RUN (not START), you can see problems the computer has seen and in its memory, and also watch the jump around and see the serial This can be a good way to keep dealer or mechanic honest, and is a troubleshooting tool for do-it-yourselfers. the repair section at for an of what the codes mean.)

Our model was fully loaded, antilock brakes, leather side airbags, and all sorts of goodies. One of the nicer options, to Chrysler owners for decades, was the trip computer. It provided and on-the-fly gas mileage, a compass and temperature, and distance-to-empty estimates. was absent from the Sport, could use a compass.

Both a door ajar readout in the area, which reads when the glass section of the hatch is ajar.

A standard which families will is the LATCH system, which lower anchors for child as well as rear tether anchors. The anchors are unusually to use, and, unlike competitors, do not require the straps to the cargo area.

As with SUVs, cargo space can be by folding one or both of the rear forward. As the seat back down, the seat bottom forward.

Smaller cargo can go the center console, which has for eight CDs, into a in the center stack, the dual (which holds sunglasses or the front map pockets. The glove has little space, and will be used to house the wheel key.

The Jeep Liberty is a pretty much across the With more refinement for the than any of its competitors, a standard, V-6, five-speed automatic or and Jeep’s well-deserved reputation for prowess, it’s hard to the Liberty.

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