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2011 Jeep Liberty Comfort & Quality

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The seating configuration—and the cabin in general—in the 2011 Jeep Liberty feels airy and well laid-out. While seats feel skimpy and don't offer much support, there's a lot of headroom and legroom in front and enough in back for most—enough for four adults to feel comfortable for a weekend trip, for instance. Relative to other off-road-capable utility vehicles, the cargo floor is low, too, and the seats fold down neatly to a surprisingly vast space.

That's the good; otherwise, unfortunately, there's a lot of bad to point out. The Liberty's on-the-road ride and refinement are probably the biggest turn-offs of this vehicle. As a tall, narrow vehicle with a pitchy ride, the Liberty results in lots of 'head toss' on rough roads, or even choppy freeways, and blemished road surfaces seem to upset the composure of occupants just as much as they seem to upset the Liberty's grip. There's also a fair amount more interior road and wind noise than in more carlike compact crossover vehicles.

Interior materials, while they've been glossed up a little bit more in recent years, still feel too drab and hard. It fits the part, admittedly, but it's a little disconcerting when comparing it to other affordable vehicles that span this range of ability, like the Suzuki Grand Vitara or, to some extent, the Subaru Forester.

An unforgiving ride, unrefined feel, and lots of hard plastic spoil the Liberty's fundamentally good packaging.

Despite the ride quality, the Liberty is very able on trails, with a low range and under-body shielding, as well as an interior that, when you get down and dirty, feels well put together if not reassuring in its materials.

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