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2009 Jeep Liberty Sport Utility

RWD 4dr Limited

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2009 Jeep Liberty Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Jeep Liberty Sport Utility

The 2009 Jeep Liberty represents a strong, smart purchase in the compact SUV segment. Among the class, the Liberty is very rugged and truck-like, ideally suited toward light towing or serious off-roading. The Sky Slider roof is also a good option for those who want the open-air feel of a soft top.

What's new for 2009?

The Jeep Liberty benefits from many small changes for 2009.

Model Strengths

  • Strong off-road-oriented features
  • towing ability
  • improved handling
  • interior comfort.

Model Review

The 2009 Jeep Liberty represents a strong, smart purchase in the compact SUV segment. Among the class, the Liberty is very rugged and truck-like, ideally suited toward light towing or serious off-roading. The Sky Slider roof is also a good option for those who want the open-air feel of a soft top.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com has driven the Jeep Liberty on- and off-road in order to give you this expert opinion. TheCarConnection.com's SUV experts then researched available road tests on the new Jeep Liberty to produce this conclusive review.

The 2009 Jeep Liberty defines SUV-lites by not being one. The Liberty's fresh shape, combined with its 4x4 heritage, provides consumers with the rugged Jeep image that has long been the Jeep brand's appeal.

2009 Jeep Liberty models receive upgrades to its 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. A retuned booster, low rollback calipers, and a revised brake pedal ratio are meant to increase brake pedal feel.

The 2009 Jeep Liberty's exterior appearance is a masculine twist on the former version, which was more softly rounded. The interior is restyled, with some of the materials that get complaints from TheCarConnection.com's writers, but plenty of cool features, such as a music hard drive system, are installed.

Reviewer criticisms of the Jeep Liberty range from tepid praise to downright harsh. Their remarks, however, reveal something important about SUVs; there are subsets to this huge segment of vehicles and it's important to know what you want your vehicle to do while you're evaluating alternatives.

For instance, do you require an SUV to be off-road capable or a vehicle that looks the part while commuting to and fro around town in comfort? The Jeep's on-road ride and handling are not as carlike as some other SUVs that couldn't begin to keep up with the Liberty off road; the changes for this year don't really change that. The Liberty's 3.7-liter V-6 is torquey enough, but acceleration is nothing special, nor is fuel economy.

If you'll never go off road in a million years, consider other SUVs. There are plenty of SUV-ish crossovers out there. However, if you're apt to put a wheel on a trail or have another genuine need for the kind of performance that the Liberty provides, spend some time in one and you'll be impressed. It's important for SUV shoppers to know what they want their truck to do. In other words, pick the right tool for your job, and you'll probably be happy with your choice.

While the 2009 Jeep Liberty comes standard with a host of standard safety features, such as side and side-curtain airbags and electronic stability control, plus several electronic off-road aids, it only achieves a worrisome Marginal rating from the IIHS in side-impact safety. Other crash-test results are more positive.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Jeep Liberty is a very capable SUV, but one that might not be right for most everyday drivers.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Jeep Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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