2010 Jeep Liberty Renegade

My co-workers have done a good job pointing out the Liberty's practical problems but the real trouble lies on an existential level. The Liberty just isn't cool; that definitely wasn't the case with its predecessor, the 1984-2001 Cherokee. That SUV is certainly crude and slow by modern standards, but to this day its rugged yet refined styling perfectly captures the Jeep ethos. Even with a neat matte-black-on-silver paint job and a canvas roof, the Liberty just doesn't have that sort of curb appeal.

Fiat has proven with its new 500 that it knows how to treat an icon. Let's hope it sprinkles some of that same magic dust on the Jeep lineup and, come 2013, transforms the Liberty into a reborn Cherokee.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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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