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On Styling
While there is a familial link to the Nitro, the 2009 Jeep Liberty is distinguished from the Dodge by the Jeep hallmark grille and other details.
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“an unmistakable Jeep grille combined with squared-off, go-anywhere pugnacity”
NYTimes.com

“an uncanny resemblance to the Dodge Nitro”
Automobile.com

“Jeep has definitely masculinized the Liberty’s styling”
TruckTrend.com

The 2009 Jeep Liberty’s look is much more in keeping with its formidable off-road capabilities—something the previous generation’s rather girl-friendly design kept hidden.

Maybe the 2009 Jeep Liberty is no more than what the team at Automobile.com sees: “at first glance, especially from the rear three-quarters, the Jeep Liberty has an uncanny resemblance to the Dodge Nitro.” Edmunds jumps on this similarity: “You might think that the 2009 Jeep Liberty midsize SUV is just a Dodge Nitro wearing a Jeep Commander mask.”

Motor Trend says that with the Liberty, Jeep has amped up the manly appeal: “it gets a more macho-looking Jeep seven-slat grille, replacing the more rounded, friendly-looking grille that ironically has been applied to the iconic, macho Wrangler.” As TruckTrend.com recognizes, the Jeep Liberty’s “[e]xterior changes include squared-off headlamps, a flattened hoodline, and a less rounded body—Jeep has definitely masculinized the Liberty's styling.”

NYTimes.com observes, “The 2009 model, about two inches longer than its predecessor, has an unmistakable Jeep grille combined with squared-off, go-anywhere pugnacity.” For the editors here at TheCarConnection.com, the Jeep Liberty is now a more handsome vehicle, with a more rugged shape that shows off the promise of its off-road performance.

“The interior has sobered up. In place of the collection of design-y circles that made the old interior look something like a toy is a theme of straight lines and flat surfaces. It is similar to — surprise — the Dodge Nitro,” reports Edmunds of the interior design.

Conclusion

While there is a familial link to the Nitro, the 2009 Jeep Liberty is distinguished from the Dodge by the Jeep hallmark grille and other details.

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