2010 Jeep Liberty Renegade

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

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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