This is one of the few compact Jeep models I'd consider buying, largely because it retains some rock-crawling credentials underneath the boxy skin.
Overall, this SUV neither won my heart nor offended me. The steering was very numb and over-boosted, but the suspension tuning yielded a compliant, comfortable ride over some of Michigan's worst roads. Sure, the interior plastics were hard, but controls and cubbies were logically arranged, and I heard nary a rattle over a long stretch of washboard roads. My biggest complaint lies with the powertrain: this 3.7-liter V-6 is beyond anemic.
Would I buy a Liberty Renegade loaded to the gills like this one? Perhaps not, but a four-wheel-drive Liberty Sport, fitted with the sliding sunroof, a towing package, and the popular equipment package comes in with an MSRP of approximately $28,000, which doesn't strike me as unreasonable.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer