While the 2010 Jeep Liberty comes with a host of standard safety features, such as side-impact and side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, and several other electronic off-road aids, it only achieves a worrisome "marginal" rating from the IIHS in side-impact safety—the second-worst rating the IIHS gives. For frontal-offset impacts, the 2010 Jeep Liberty garners the IIHS’ highest rating of "good." New for 2010 are active head restraints for the Liberty, which the IIHS rewards with its second-highest rating of "acceptable" for rear-crash protection.
New for 2010 are active head restraints that help protect occupants in rear-impact crashes.
While Jeep has strayed away from its roots of producing only highly capable off-road vehicles, the 2010 Jeep Liberty remains a true rock-hopper. The same characteristics that make for good off-road performance can also enhance on-road safety when the weather turns ugly. However, SUVs, because of their naturally high center of gravity and heavy weights, are especially susceptible to rollovers. Edmunds finds that “after a report came in from an enthusiast magazine about a rollover of the former model during testing, Jeep made some modifications to the Liberty's suspension. The improvement garnered the Liberty an additional star in the government's rollover rating.”
Rain-soaked or snow-covered roads won’t pose much of an obstacle to the Liberty. Jeep’s Command-Trac and Selec-Trac II four-wheel-drive systems are very capable. Internet Auto Guide says, “Both four-wheel-drive systems make the Liberty highly capable off road, and they are aided by the addition of Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.” Even the New York Times admits, “To Jeep’s credit, all the good safety equipment is standard.”