Test Drive 2004 Jeep Liberty Renegade Autos ca

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October 21, 2004

When decided to retire the aging its designers, engineers and product knew the replacement would go with a flood of new compact It had to have the ride, handling and of the car-based competitors and yet it also had to a Jeep, worthy of all that promises. It was a true balancing act capability and refinement for the company invented the SUV.

When the arrived as a 2002 model, the were generally positive. Jeep fans found it to all the essential Jeepness , i.e. off-road ability than in the class. But Jeep dealers also able to show comfort and convenience features and ride and handling properties not available in a compact Jeep.

The has the size and seating to go up against the big in the compact segment but it also has the to go off-road, seriously off-road the others fear to tread. It has a transfer case with low good ground clearance, approach and departure angles and of underbody protection. There is no version, all four wheels of all brought into Canada are

But the Liberty also offers a new of creature comfort, amenities and road prowess as good as of the soft-roaders hogging the sales The Liberty gives people a to boast they own a Jeep and advantage of the inherent abilities having to wear a kidney during and visit to the chiropractor every drive. They got a modern instrument panel, seats with plenty of support and space for four in a squeeze and some cargo or

Liberty pricing starts at the $25K mark, but our tester $37,000 thanks to a heavy on the option sheet by someone who a fancy Jeep. It had an automatic leather interior, power sunroof, power windows, and seats, ABS and a pretty darn sound system. It also had the SelectTrac full-time all-wheel-drive

The standard CommandTrac setup is and has to be disengaged for on-road driving.

Our was a mid-range Renegade distinguished by its appearance with an impressive of halogen driving lights in a plastic shroud at the leading of the roof. In addition to providing candlepower to light up a sports they announce to one and all this is a meant for more than mall runs.

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While they may impressive, be advised they are for on-road use in most jurisdictions and a penalty in fuel mileage and levels because of their effect on aerodynamic properties. The of the Renegade package includes fender flares to contain the from bigger tires on special wheels.

While the is smaller outside than its Cherokee sibling, it packs of space inside those walls. The front doors nice and wide for easy and exit. The front seats are and supportive but the transfer case on room in the foot wells on sides.

Access to the rear is only affected by the intrusion of the rear wells. The rear seat is left to two. Split it can be easily folded almost for added cargo space. to the cargo area is through a tailgate combination of a swing-out gate and flip up top glass.

A tug on the handle and the glass pops up for Pull further, and the tailgate to the left allowing safe from the curb, unlike Japanese competitors. They managed to mount the full-size outside without interfering visibility or useability.

The instrument is flat, modern and contains legible instruments. The large box door is misleading as it covers a small bin. On the ergonomic the power window switches on the center console which some getting used to.

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The Liberty is built on an all-new and solid platform. You notice the by the less of flex or movement encountering road blemishes. But on the scales as this relatively SUV weighs a healthy two tonnes.

The model comes with a four-cylinder engine but the mid and top-level levels get a 3.7-litre V-6 rated at 210 and 235 lb.-ft. of torque. Both manual and four-speed automatic are the latter allowing a class-leading lb. tow rating. Our tester had the V6-automatic

A smooth and pleasant unit, it has the and flexibility needed for the Liberty s In our tester it was mated to a four-speed but there were some with the pairing as the transmission to be hunting for an appropriate gear and not finding one. This evident when climbing grades with cruise engaged. Speed dropped off to the a downshift was necessary but by the time it place, it was necessary to change two gears.

Similarly, when pushing the to the floor in search of a downshift, was considerable delay between ask and Previous versions of the Liberty we ve did not display this so perhaps it was an on the high-mileage tester.

Despite the short wheelbase, the Liberty s is surprisingly pleasant compliments of a spring independent front the first for a Jeep combined a triple-link and coil setup at the Another factor that into play on the paved is the generous 20 cm of wheel travel for off-road prowess. But when hard into corners you are this is a fairly heavy perched high atop pretty flexible rubber and on a long-travel suspension. Four disc brakes are standard but ABS is optional.

The Liberty boasts s first-ever rack and pinion system. It also has a fairly turning circle for an AWD vehicle, it very maneuverable in tight like parking lots.

Since the launch of the first Jeep (CJ-2A) in 1945, has defined off-road. It can also lay to starting the SUV craze with the and Wagoneer in 1984. The Jeep offers a combination of both for someone who enjoys the outdoors and locations but needs everyday and convenience.

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