The most controversial part of the Liberty's balance was the independent front suspension, which can be and is compatible with off-roading; and echoes the 1962 Jeep Wagoneer, the first off-road vehicle ever to have an independent front suspension. Our 2005 model had a new organizing shelf built into the rear cargo area. The dash is very straightforward, with rotary analog gauges and big air-conditioning and heat controls. That said, the Liberty rides reasonably well for a short-wheelbase 4x4. Our 2005 responded slowly to vent changes while at idle.
It's a good choice for drivers who like to venture into the backcountry, but need comfort and practicality in a daily driver. Steering effort is relatively easy at low speeds for a 4x4, nice when parking. Normal acceleration requires just a slight touch of the throttle, and the Liberty turned out to be a very responsive city car. In an era when most compression-ignition engines are almost as smooth and quiet as their gasoline counterparts, the Liberty's 2. Another groundbreaking feature has just appeared in 2005 models: a diesel engine option, available on either Sport or Limited models, providing long life, long breaks between service, and the towing and torque of a V6 with better mileage than the four.
The Limited adds attractive satin chrome highlights to the instrument panel and doors. Caesar the 160-pound mastiff was happy to ride there. Not as good as the Wrangler but some trail capability and good highway overall driving. Several of the Liberty's competitors are also gone: Both Suzuki and Pontiac no longer sell cars in the United States, and the Honda Element was discontinued after the 2014 model year. This was absent from the Sport, which could use a compass. I had a family emergency and had to sleep in the car for a few hours and it was comfortable.
Its tract Jeep Liberty strikes a balance between off-road capability and on-road sophistication. Before I continue, I acknowledge that I abuse my Jeep, but I also work really hard to fix and maintain it as needed. I could only afford to have front ones done. That helps the Liberty diesel to tow up to 5,000 pounds, and it probably does so with greater ease than the V6. The wider tires that are standard on Limited and optional on Renegade seem to offer more stability than the narrower tires of the Sport. There's no poser power in driving the Liberty. Chrysler's number for this recall is U38.
True, the Liberty gives up some refinement and road agility to do this. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. It is easy to swing into place our into storage, and can easily be folded out as well. Five will fit, with room for some luggage. During a week of testing, we averaged about 21 mpg, including a fair amount of time spent off-road in low range.
Day in and day out, Liberty works like a car or wagon. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. Entry and exit is fairly easy, thanks to doors that open wide, and loading up the rear is convenient thanks to the Liberty's reasonable height. So does their lower maintenance oil changes every 12,500 miles, for example , and their terrific torque at low engine speeds, which is handy in city traffic. Given this, the Liberty can be a bargain even before the standard copious rebates.
If you tow a trailer regularly, or if you need gobs of torque for off-road driving, the diesel may be your best option. Our Liberty was unmistakeably diesel-powered; the familiar uneven clanky diesel sound was present, but not annoying or intrusive at idle. No current passenger-car diesel meets this new standard. Also, removing the rear headrests requires pressing two buttons at once to release them. The rear suspension lower control arms can fracture due to excessive corrosion, causing a loss of vehicle control. Fold the rear seats and it can move two people and some serious cargo.
The manually operated heating and air-conditioni Driving ImpressionsThe Jeep Liberty's 3. Ford Motor Company chairman and scion William Clay…. One cautionary note: If you find the notion of a Liberty diesel appealing, buy soon. The Sorento, on the other hand, is a dynamic disaster. And you'll have to order the optional power seats to get seat-height adjustment. I had over 100,000 miles on a Wrangler before this 05 Liberty. The only thing I'm not the biggest fan of is the chrome accents.
This is largely thanks to the new common-rail technology developed in Europe, which uses a high-pressure fuel injection system that burns diesel fuel much more cleanly than earlier designs. The hood bulges up and over the headlights as where the Renegade has a more clean look. Flooring the gas from idle brought a small delay, then a sudden boost of power and a quick shove forward. That's an improvement over the Liberty's gas-powered 3. The leather wasn't the best quality, and the rest of the seat was covered in cheap imitation leather and cloth. Though the five-speed automatic is responsive, downshifting smoothly and easily as needed, the four-speed automatic seemed to be tuned for more spirited, enjoyable acceleration on demand but lower performance in sustained sprints.