2010 Jeep Liberty Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The interior of the 2010 Jeep Liberty is just fine for most needs. However, some SUVs out there have higher-quality interior materials, and car-based crossovers tend to be roomier, as their floors can be lower.

On-road ride quality is one of the Liberty's low points. Comfort-wise, ConsumerGuide finds that “some road surfaces induce mild bucking, and sharp bumps register, though not harshly.” As a tall, narrow vehicle with a pitchy ride, the Liberty results in lots of "head toss" on rough roads; there's also a fair amount more interior road and wind noise than in more carlike compact crossover vehicles. Last year, Jeep Liberty models received upgrades to their chassis, including stiffer rear axle shafts and retuned springs, shocks, anti-roll bars, and a steering gear valve meant to improve the vehicle’s steering and handling.

An abundance of hard plastic and a rough on-road ride in the 2010 Jeep Libery are somewhat justified by off-road ability.

Seating isn't particularly spacious either, though the Liberty does have space enough for four adults and the backseats fold forward for more cargo space. ConsumerGuide must employ editors with shorter legs and longer torsos, as they contend the interior has “fine legroom, but headroom is limited for tall occupants, despite a high build. The cabin feels narrow and snug overall, though Liberty's high-set seats provide a commanding view of the road.” Edmunds also finds that “all of that extra length has been given over to the rear-seat passengers, who badly needed it. The legroom is still tight, but being forced to sit in the back of a Liberty no longer violates the Geneva Conventions.”

When it comes to cargo space, the Jeep Liberty is only adequate. Cars.com says that "the Liberty's interior features a large floor console with cupholders, armrest and a storage area with a removable top tray." When all the seats are up, the Liberty provides 31.5 cubic feet of space. This figure is enlarged to 64.2 cubic feet when the second row is folded down, but the Liberty is bested by some of its competitors in this category. Operating the seats is a cinch, though, and MSN Autos marvels at how “easy it [was] to fold down the rear seatbacks for additional cargo room.”

While the interior may have been spacious enough for most reviewers, there was general disappointment with the quality of materials. ConsumerGuide finds that the interior “is shrouded in hard plastic with no soft-touch surfaces. It's appropriate for a ‘Trail-Rated' Jeep but trails most rivals for overall ambiance." Despite the lack of enthusiasm for the materials, ConsumerGuide finds that the gauges are “large and easy to read” and that “most controls are clearly marked and logically placed.”

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