• (4.6) 20 reviews
  • Available Prices: $5,994–$13,782
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2009 Jeep Liberty

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Jeep Liberty

What We Don't Like

  • Unremarkable gas mileage
  • Unknown durability of optional canvas roof

Notable Features

  • 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6
  • Sky Slider canvas roof
  • Navigation radio can reroute around traffic

2009 Jeep Liberty Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Jeep Liberty, which is related to the Dodge Nitro, comes in Sport and Limited editions. One of the more interesting features in the five-seat Jeep Liberty small SUV is its optional Sky Slider movable canvas roof. Liberty competitors include the Nissan Xterra and Suzuki Grand Vitara.

New for 2009
The Jeep Liberty no longer has a manual transmission option. The brakes and suspension have been retuned in an effort to improve ride and handling performance.

The Liberty features Jeep's traditional seven-slot grille and trapezoidal fender flares that enhance the vehicle's side profile. Unlike many panoramic sunroofs offered today, Jeep's Sky Slider roof is made of canvas rather than glass. The fabric roof folds on itself as it opens, and Jeep says the top is leak-proof.

While the Liberty and Nitro share a common underpinning, Chrysler made the Liberty shorter and narrower than the Nitro to distinguish the pair. The Liberty comes in at 176.9 inches long and 72.1 inches wide. This is within an inch of the Grand Vitara and Xterra in width, but the Xterra's body is longer by a couple of inches.

  • Standard auto headlamps
  • Standard body-colored grille, front and rear bumpers, and moldings on all but Limited, which gets chrome
  • Standard remote keyless entry (remote express windows on Limited models)
  • 16-inch aluminum wheels (Sport)
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels (Limited)
  • 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum (optional on Limited)
  • Optional roof rails (standard on Limited)
  • Optional full-open canvas roof system

The Liberty's interior is reminiscent of the Nitro's. For 2009, the leather package on Limited models gets a soft-touch armrest on the door, upper-door trim pieces, and upgraded grained plastics on the instrument panel and center console.

Both left and right rear panels have cargo tie-down loops for securing items to the load floor. The left rear panel houses a concealed compartment for jack storage and tools. Cargo room behind the second-row seat measures 31.5 cubic feet but can be expanded to 64.2 cubic feet by folding the seat; this is similar to the space in the Xterra but smaller than the Grand Vitara's cargo volume with the seats down (68.9 cubic feet).

  • Standard power locks, windows and mirrors
  • Standard floormats
  • Standard satellite radio (with complimentary one-year subscription) and six speakers
  • Cloth, stain-resistant cloth or leather available (leather only available on Limited models)
  • Optional heated and powered front seats (Limited)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with wheel-mounted audio controls (standard on Limited)
  • Optional hands-free communication system and remote start (not available on Sport models)
  • Optional voice-activated navigation and audio system (including touch-screen, voice commands, 30GB hard drive and navigation radio)

Under the Hood
For 2009, the Liberty gets stiffer rear axle shafts, and the shocks, springs, anti-roll bars and steering have all been retuned, which Jeeps says will provide an improved ride.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, but two four-wheel-drive systems — part-time Command-Trac and full-time Selec-Trac II —are offered. Hill Descent Control, which keeps vehicle speed to a minimum when traversing treacherous terrain, is included on four-wheel-drive models. All models now come with a four-speed automatic transmission; the six-speed manual is no longer available. Properly equipped Libertys can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

  • 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 235 pounds-feet of torque
  • Four-speed automatic transmission
  • Trailer tow package that includes a full-size spare, a Class III trailer hitch and trailer sway control
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive

Safety features include:

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard all-disc antilock braking system
  • Standard electronic stability control with electronic roll mitigation and all-speed traction control
  • Standard smart key that immobilizes the engine in a theft attempt
  • Optional rain-sensing wipers
  • Optional parking assist system includes a sonar-based warning system with audible and visual alerts

Consumer Reviews


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I love my jeep

by Zeerod from Idaho Falls on October 7, 2017

This is my dream car I love it so comfortable great everything so happy with my jeep. The Seats are so comfy too that is a huge plus for long trips

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2009 Jeep Liberty Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Jeep Liberty Limited Edition

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Jeep Liberty Limited Edition

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Jeep Liberty Limited Edition

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Jeep Liberty Limited Edition

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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