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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
“Like a convertible”
the Sky Slider Roof lets you have open air fun without the added noise and security concerns
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Jeep Liberty has a big list of available features, including removable fenders for the true off-roaders, but it’s the Sky Slider canvas roof that grabs the attention of most reviewers.
Internet Auto Guide says, “For wow factor, it will be hard to beat Jeep's Sky Slider canvas roof. This power rolling canvas top runs nearly the length of the vehicle, and can be opened front-to-back or back-to-front.” Truck Trend raves, “Our favorite interior change is the industry-exclusive Sky Slider optional power sunroof, which almost makes the Liberty feel like a convertible when it's fully open.”
In addition to the Sky Slider, the 2009 Jeep Liberty “is offered in two trim levels, both with rear- or four-wheel drive,” reports Internet Auto Guide. “The models are Sport ($20,330), Sport 4WD ($21,940), Limited ($24,515), and Limited 4WD ($26,125). The lone engine is a 210-horsepower 3.7-liter V6. Sport models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic ($825) is optional for Sport and standard on Limited. The base four-wheel-drive system is Jeep's Command Trac, a part-time system designed for off-road use. Also offered is Selec-Trac II ($445), a full-time system that allows use of four-wheel drive on dry pavement. Both systems have low-range gearing.”
MSN Autos points out some practical features: “Nifty touches: I appreciated how easy it is to fold down the rear seatbacks for additional cargo room. I did it with just one hand. It's also easy to get into the rear cargo area of the Liberty from the back of the vehicle, thanks to the new swing gate/flipper glass system that Jeep is patenting.” Going back to the Dodge Nitro comparison, Automobile Magazine comments, “while there's no Load 'n Go sliding load floor like on the Nitro, there is waterproof under-floor storage bin.” Inside the Liberty, Jeep clearly considers practical conveniences—and about cleaning up after a seriously dirty adventure.
Other notable upgrades in the 2009 Jeep Liberty involve an increase in available features, from big-ticket items to smaller, more subtle updates, including Bluetooth, a MyGIG audio system, and rain-sensing wipers.
While much of what’s in the 2009 Jeep Liberty is standard fare, one feature catches the attention of almost every reviewer: the huge canvas sunroof.