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STYLING | 7 out of 10
“Jeep has definitely masculinized the Liberty’s styling”
“an unmistakable Jeep grille combined with squared-off, go-anywhere pugnacity”
“an uncanny resemblance to the Dodge Nitro”
The 2010 Jeep Liberty’s exterior appearance has become a bit more masculine, and the tweaks work well to emphasize off-road prowess and all-around Jeep-ness.
The Liberty is closely related to the Dodge Nitro, with the latter model equipped a bit more for on-road duty, but reviewers note that there isn't much of a difference between the two. Edmunds says that the “Jeep Liberty midsize SUV is just a Dodge Nitro wearing a Jeep Commander mask,” and Automobile.com sees, “at first glance, especially from the rear three-quarters, the Jeep Liberty has an uncanny resemblance to the Dodge Nitro.”
With its most recent refresh, Jeep amps up the macho-man appeal and makes the Liberty look the off-road part a bit more. The New York Times observes that the Liberty is “about two inches longer than its predecessor” and “has an unmistakable Jeep grille combined with squared-off, go-anywhere pugnacity.” According to Motor Trend, “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.” Considering the Liberty’s “exterior changes include squared-off headlamps, a flattened hoodline, and a less rounded body—Jeep has definitely masculinized the Liberty's styling,” says Truck Trend.
The 2010 Liberty interior looks tough and straightforward from a distance, but up close it's still appointed in chintzy-feeling materials. According to Edmunds, “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."
For those wanting to set out on the trail, the 2010 Jeep Liberty has a style that will look the part, though the interior is nothing to write home about.