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.