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2009 Jeep Liberty

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$4,127 — $10,683 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
18-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard stability system
  • 5,000-pound towing capacity

The Bad

  • Unremarkable gas mileage
  • Unknown durability of optional canvas roof

What to Know

about the 2009 Jeep Liberty
  • 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6
  • Sky Slider canvas roof
  • Navigation radio can reroute around traffic

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2009 Jeep Liberty Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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 (stan...

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.

Exterior
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

Interior
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
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

What drivers are saying

4.6
29 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Great reliable transportation. My "War Horse".

by CarGuy68 from San Antonio on October 13, 2019

Prior to retiring I depended on this Liberty to get me to in from work in any and all weather conditions. It never let me down. I actually looked forward to driving in snow and inclement weather. It ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car ! wished that I had bought one sooner

by Joe L from roseville mi on July 19, 2019

A real beauty of a vehicle and rides great. Love it ! it's a real head turner, I don't want to park it, I'm like a kid with a new toy. Read full review

Safety

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The 2009 Jeep Liberty currently has 0 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Liberty received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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