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in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $11,679 - $14,237
Original MSRP: $23,015 - $27,730
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2009 Jeep Liberty Interior

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The 2009 Jeep Liberty's five-seat interior is spacious enough, but largely disappoints reviewers in quality.

  • "This is still a traditional SUV cabin with an upright seating position and minimal frills, unless you choose to add them." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Cars.com
  • "A new two-tone instrument panel is supposed to engender a feeling of space; the four-gauge dial cluster features white graphics on a black background with orange pointers." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The Liberty is comfortable to sit in, albeit a little too rough and tumble for my taste once we started moving. I enjoyed the heated leather seats as well as the funky-looking carrying case for the owner's manual. It could easily double as a casual clutch (the purse, not the pedal!)." --Mother Proof

Seating

The five-seat Liberty provides 100.6 cubic feet of passenger volume, which includes extra rear legroom thanks to last year's wheelbase stretch. Reviewers find the space comfortable, though the rear is still a bit cramped.

  • "Headroom and foot space are good [in the rear], but legroom and knee clearance are tight. The door openings are very narrow at the bottom, making entry and exit a real chore." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior has been completely redesigned, starting with the seats, which by appearance have more prominent bolstering than before." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "In the backseat, there's another inch and a half of legroom thanks to the wheelbase stretch." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Liberty has never been too generous with interior features, but it's improved over the years. New for 2009 is a high-tech option: Chrysler's uConnect multimedia suite, which includes a 30-gigabyte hard drive for storing digital media and a navigation system with real-time traffic updates.

  • "The gauges are large and easy to read. Most controls are clearly marked and logically placed. Note that there are buttons to govern the uconnect wireless cell phone link even if the vehicle is not equipped with that feature." -- Consumer Guide
  • "On the more subtle side, this is the first Liberty to offer several handy features, including remote starting, rain-sensing wipers, memory seats and mirrors, and express up/down windows." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Remote start, rain-sensing wipers, memory seats and mirrors, and express up/down windows are added to the vehicle's ever-growing list of available features and options." -- 4-Wheel & Off-Road

Cargo

Every reviewer praises the Liberty's rear hatch, which is split to include glass on top and a solid gate on bottom. However, some reviewers still think the relatively small cargo area might push buyers toward larger midsize SUVs.

  • "I appreciated how easy it is to fold down the rear seatbacks for additional cargo room. I did it with just one hand." -- MSN
  • "A large hatch opening and cubic shape make the most of the available cargo space. Liberty shares the Nitro's available flat-folding front passenger seat, which is a boon to stowing longer items, but the Jeep does not offer Nitro's Load 'n Go roll-out cargo floor." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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)." -- Cars.com

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