2010 Jeep Liberty Renegade

At the Fiat-Chrysler business plan meeting on November 4, 2009, the Jeep Liberty was said to be getting a refresh for 2010. So what's new? Larger floor mats, a cabin air filtration system, an "ECO" lamp in the instrument cluster, and an auto-up passenger window. The most significant changes are leather seat trim, heated seats, and Bluetooth for the Limited model. In my book, those changes don't amount to a refresh. They're the normal tweaks that Jeep should be making every new model year.

What the Liberty desperately needs is the new 3.7-liter Pentastar V-6 that makes 80 more hp than the current engine. It also needs a new transmission with more than four forward gears. I was also bothered by the poor seating position with a seat that's too high and a steering wheel that is too far away. While some call the sliding fabric roof a gimmick, to me it's a feature that is a perfect match for the Jeep brand.

We're slated to get a new Liberty in 2013, to be built on a Fiat platform. Let's hope there's a wholesale improvement to the powertrain, the interior, and the styling. Jeep has proven that it can balance on-road practicality with off-road ability with the new Grand Cherokee and what it needs with the Liberty is a vehicle that delivers similar character in a slight smaller, less luxurious, more affordable package.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

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I had an 03 Liberty, and I loved everything about it EXCEPT the mileage. Frakkin terrible. If Fiat can get Jeep up into the 30s+ I'll buy another jeep. But for now, I have to drive my Honda and keep dreaming of fuel efficient Jeeps.
It seems to me that the fuel mileage on this vehicle is terrible. My wife's 04 GC with the 4.7 V8 gets 20.4 on the highway and around 14 in town with more room and comfort. I hope future Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge products get the benefit of all the good things Fiat has to offer.Mercedes sure raped them and scrapped them in a hurry. Maybe some entity will return the favor to MB sometime in the near future.

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