2007 Jeep Liberty Interior
The Liberty, which has seating for five, receives mixed reviews on its interior. "We were quite surprised at the interior's high level of fit and finish," says Motor Trend, but the says the Liberty "loses style points for its faux-metal dashboard trim."
The majority of reviewers note the interior styling is nice, but unimpressive. "For the most part, the Liberty's interior is simple and practical," says. "On the passenger's side, it's downright plain." Critics aren't crazy about the placement of the radio controls, and the awkward location of the window controllers on the center console (rather than on the door) frustrated test drivers to no end. Cargo space is adequate, but the rear seats don't fold down completely flat.
Critics like the interior styling of the Liberty mostly due to the absence of faux wood in the interior, but thesays the Liberty "loses style points for its faux-metal dashboard trim." This opinion isn't shared by all, however. The finds that "the interior is just plain nice, with good textures, logical controls and attractive aluminum-looking accents, especially the elliptical door handles." The circular chrome door handles are unusual for the industry, but the majority of reviewers like them, and one even compares them to D-rings found on mountaineering and backpacking equipment.
Overall, reviewers praise the Liberty's rounded gauge design, calling it contemporary and modern. A switch with an embedded push button operates the moonroof controls. The button controls the tilt of the roof and the switch operates the sliding. The steering wheel has cruise control settings on the front, but the stereo controls are on the back. Testers comment that you have to memorize them, but once you do, they are extremely convenient.
For the most part, reviewers agree that the seats in the Jeep Liberty are comfortable. Cars.com says "firm yet comfortable seats offer excellent support and there is ample headroom and legroom." Though Car and Driver finds the seats are "unsupportive" they also note that the cabin is "roomy and comfortable for its size."
The driving position in the Liberty is good. Road and Track says, "The seating position is high and gives the driver and excellent view of the road." Still, Automobile magazine notes that the "seat bottoms are far too small for Big Mac-fed Americans." The agrees, saying "larger seats needed."
In the backseat, reviewers say there is plenty of headroom but that foot and legroom is limited. Consumer Guide says "rear-seat accommodations leave something to be desired," and MSN notes that "front seat tracks impinge on rear-seat foot room." Getting into the backseat can also be a problem. Edmunds says "the Liberty's main fault is the entry and exit for rear passengers; it can be challenging due to small rear doors and the intrusion of the rear wheel well into the doorway." Consumer Guide adds that the "step in [is] higher than Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, but not excessive."
Despite the shortcomings in the rear seat, MSN says there is "decent space for four 6-foot adults," and other reviewers say five can fit in the Liberty for short trips.
All models have a CD player, but several reviewers say the audio system controls are too small. Autobytel has this to say about the previous 2005 model: "The stereo is the usual glossy-faced, can't-figure-out-the-presets, where's-the-frickin'-tuning-knob Chrysler design, but that's going to change with the next Liberty redesign." Jeep was successful in the redesign because reviewers described the 2007 radio controls as a "study in logic." While the controls themselves have been improved, the placement of the controls rub many reviewers the wrong way. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman calls the placement of the radio ergonomically incorrect because it is "high in the dashboard, forcing you to hold your arm uncomfortably in the air to scan radio stations or select songs."
A tester from RockCrawler.com complains about the lack of surface area around the driver and front passenger seats: "Because of the round styling throughout the dash, there are no flat spots to sit anything. We had nowhere to put our GPS or even a set of sunglasses or a tube of Chap Stick. You get two cup holders and that's it." Automatic windows are standard, but almost all reviewers don't like the placement of the window controls, which are located at the rear of the center console and, as one reviewer put, "a bit behind my elbow."
Almost all reviewers wish the window controls were located on the door, however, they also praised what was in its place: padded spaces for arm rests, storage pockets on the front doors and bottle holders on the back doors. Many testers express frustration that there are no window controllers in the back seat, but are appreciative the rear windows are capable of rolling down completely. "My kids should have been complaining about the Liberty," says U.S. News' Rick Newman. "The cupholders containing their juice boxes were totally out of reach, lodged near the bottom of the door panels. And the power window buttons -- usually one of the main attractions -- were on the back of the center console, where my kids could only reach them with their toes. But the rugrats were elated to be in the Liberty."
The Liberty's backseat can fold down and is split in a 65/35 configuration giving drivers three cargo options. "I appreciated how easy it is to fold down the rear seatbacks for additional cargo room," says MSN. "I did it with just one hand." There's also reversible panel in the cargo area that can be flipped to reveal a waterproof, rubberized mat with a spill-containing lip.
Every reviewer gives brownie points to Jeep for the Liberty's new rear gate design. The back hatch is a split design with glass on top and a solid gate on bottom. A button on the key fob opens the glass hatch and the bottom gate swings open from the side, allowing for easier loading. Pulling the bottom gate handle will also automatically trigger the glass hatch to open. "It's a simple idea that works," says the.
While the back of the Liberty is functional, some reviewers still think the size of the cargo area might push buyers towards larger midsize SUVs. In fact, the Liberty has less rear cargo room than the Ford Escape (29 cubic feet to the Escape's 33.3). But with the back seat folded down, the Liberty has slightly more overall cargo space (69 cubic feet vs. 64.8). One slight drawback is that the backseat doesn't fold down flat.