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The 2011 Jeep Liberty performs well off-road; otherwise you're bound to be disappointed.
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The steering doesn't communicate much, but it gets the job done.
Motor Trend

Sadly, it seems Chrysler managed to corral the 210 sickliest, overworked and over-the-hill ponies this side of True Grit.

The Liberty's unspectacular acceleration would be tolerable if it achieved good fuel mileage

Liberty never lets you forget that it's a truck. Body lean is prevalent, and the tires squeal even in modest cornering.
Consumer Guide

this 3.7-liter V-6 is beyond anemic
Automobile Magazine

The powertrain in the 2011 Jeep Liberty is adequate but rather unremarkable for its performance. The 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine is torquey enough, but its rather low-revving, raspy, and not altogether smooth character works with the rugged-themed Liberty in a way it wouldn't in more carlike vehicles. Acceleration or fuel economy are nothing special, but this isn't an engine that demands downshifts very often—thus, it manages just fine with the somewhat rough-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.

The Liberty remains offered in a choice of rear or four-wheel-drive layouts. Four-wheel-drive models don't track quite as well on the road, but in either model the steering is reasonably responsive. That doesn't translate to great maneuverability, as it feels uncertain especially over choppy highway surfaces, but it does translate to good low-speed maneuverability, which some city-goers who take weekends on the trail will appreciate.

This Jeep's forte is, of course, off-roading, and for that we recommend you start with the Renegade model, which comes with skid plates, tougher wheels with all-terrain OWL tires, and tow hooks—all of which get you geared up for the trail—though with some on-road sacrifice.

Command Trac is one of two four-wheel-drive systems offered in the Liberty; it's a part-time system intended for trail-running, while Selec-Trac II is a full-time system that's also off-road capable but better oriented for snowy roads.


The 2011 Jeep Liberty performs well off-road; otherwise you're bound to be disappointed.

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