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in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $14,406 - $18,201
Original MSRP: $23,250 - $28,250
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2011 Jeep Liberty Interior

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In a class filled with spacious, feature-laden compact SUVs, the Jeep Liberty does ok. It’s comfortable enough -- unless you’re an adult stuck in the back seat during a long, bumpy trip. Also, its features list isn’t impressive, but offers the basics like power windows, air conditioning and a sound system. New for 2011 are steering wheel mounted controls that allow the driver to use UConnect, Chrysler’s Bluetooth system.

Starting at $23,250, the Liberty is a pricey SUV that only offers the basics. To get the most for your money, check out the Kia Sportage, which reviewers regard as one of the best deals in the class. It starts at $18,295, $4,955 less than the Liberty, and for $23,990 you can get the Sportage LX with USB input jacks, Bluetooth wireless technology, steering wheel mounted controls, a navigation system and a back up warning system. Hyundai also offers a much longer warranty.

  • "Liberty shares its basic design with the Dodge Nitro, and some cabin materials are a notch upscale of that SUV. Most of the interior, though, is shrouded in hard plastic with no soft-touch surfaces. It's appropriate for a ‘Trail-Rated' Jeep but trails most rivals for overall ambiance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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

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Seating

Most reviewer complaints are directed toward the backseat. The rear has adequate head and foot space, but knee and leg room are tight. 

All models have standard Stain resistant cloth bucket seats and rear seats that fold to increase storage.

  • "Rear legroom and shoulder room are adequate in the Liberty, but the seat is flat and not particularly comfortable." -- Edmunds
  • "Headroom and foot space [in the rear] are good, 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

Interior Features

The 2011 Liberty doesn’t come with a ton of standard interior features, but the base model is equipped with one year of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, air conditioning, power windows and Sentry Key, a theft deterrent system.

For 2011, the Liberty gets a new steering wheel and steering wheel mounted controls that allow the driver to control Uconnect Phone, Chrysler’s Bluetooth pairing system. Unfortunately, this feature is only available on the Limited and Renegade models. 

Other cars in the class offer more interior storage space and more features. Check out the Honda CR-V and the Chevrolet Equinox.

  • "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
  • "At least the cabin controls are generally well-located and easy to use -- well, other than those included with the optional navigation system." -- Edmunds
  • "The Liberty's interior features a large floor console with cupholders, armrest and a storage area with a removable top tray." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The Liberty's cargo area is small for the class. It provides 26.1 cubic feet of space with all seats up and 64.2 cubic feet with the second row folded down. By contrast, the competition offers a lot more room for families who transport a lot. If you need more space, check out the Toyota RAV4, which has 73 cubic feet with the seats folded. Another good choice is the Honda CR-V. It offers a total of 72.9 cubic feet, useful interior cubbies and a cargo shelf.

  • "Luggage space with the rear seat in place is a healthy 31.5 cubic feet; fold the seatback and you're looking at 64 cubic feet, an average figure for this class." -- Edmunds
  • "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

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