Diesel fuel is similar to home heating oil, so late autumn and early winter typically bring scarcity that raises diesel prices. But the Liberty is among the best of the small sport-utilities for drivers who want serious off-road capability on the weekend yet need practicality and affordability during the week. All-new for 2001, Liberty was extensively updated for 2005, with more comfortable seats and a more contemporary appearance. I had to drive a little farther than I would for gas, but I rationalized it away. I got into the Jeep Liberty thinking all these notions were overstated and out of date. Diesels have a bad reputation in the U.
Nowhere is this rough and crude engine type going to succeed more than in the rough and crude genre of off-road vehicles. But the long-travel off-road suspension, set up to absorb impact without being overly harsh, makes for lethargic transient response in lane-change maneuvers. Jeep Liberty Engines Gasoline Diesel Type 3. Several of the Liberty's competitors are also gone: Both Suzuki and Pontiac no longer sell cars in the United States, and the Honda Element was discontinued after the 2014 model year. On the road, the steering is reasonably solid on-center, a benefit of its power-assisted rack-and-pinion design. The standard cloth upholstery feels like it will hold up well. So what exactly is good about diesels? When I abuse my Jeep drive 90-100 down the interstate, pull big trailers, plow through snow drifts, go rock climbing, etc.
That said, the Liberty rides reasonably well for a short-wheelbase 4x4. We've also found the Liberty capable of handling fairly gnarly trails. Not only is the engine way loud — you can't hold a conversation driving around town in the Liberty with the windows up — it doesn't deliver enough horsepower to keep up with traffic on the freeway. People complain that diesel fuel is too hard to find, too messy to dispense and not substantially cheaper than gas. This is not a bad thing for the stop-and-go nature of U. Historically, diesel fuel cost considerably less than gasoline.
True to its Jeep heritage, Liberty offers superior off-road capability that sets it apart from the herd of compact urban cute-utes. There's a little bit of a toy quality to the Liberty — it is definitely a cute ute, not an intimidating vehicle by any means. Significantly cheaper fuel will never come. When I absolutely baby it. It looks like the offspring of a and a , snatching styling cues from each end of the Jeep lineup to create a unique look all its own. Biodiesel offers all of these and is compatible with petroleum diesel. But that means that the cargo floor isn't perfectly flat when the rear seats are folded down, and that is our biggest gripe with this vehicle.
It handles pretty well, especially for a high setting suv. We clambered over big rocks and fallen trees and slowly forded boulder-strewn creeks with 18 inches of rushing water. Diesel engines are about 20 percent more efficient than comparable gasoline types, so they burn less fuel. It's a good choice for drivers who like to venture into the backcountry, but need comfort and practicality in a daily driver. True, the Liberty gives up some refinement and road agility to do this. The Renegade front seats are tailored with unique cloth center panels and vinyl bolsters.
My totally shallow analysis, based on the science of opinion, is that it is a bad application in the Liberty. They like waiting for a glow plug to warm up before starting the engine. Fuel pricing is always complex and seldom follows rules. The reality is that many Americans have been exposed to modern executions of diesel power by sharing the road with Mercedes and Volkswagen diesel models. The accessory controls work well and intuitively, and don't look like they came out of a sedan or a minivan because they didn't. On the passenger's side, it's downright plain.
The reality is that many Americans have been exposed to modern executions of diesel power by sharing the road with Mercedes and Volkswagen diesel models. Door panels are scalloped out for elbow rests, and a grab handle is provided on the passenger's side of the dash. The traditional Jeep seven-slot grille nails the heritage, along with a flat hood and trail-worthy stance. The electronic stability program that comes on Liberty models can help the driver avoid accidents. If the materials were at the level of the design, the interior would be great — as is, it's just okay. Roughly half of the vehicles sold in Europe are diesel, mainly because fuel is much more expensive there and concern about greenhouse gases is greater. And you'll have to order the optional power seats to get seat-height adjustment.
Because diesels burn less fuel, they release less carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas. Their contribution to smog is why diesel car sales are outlawed in California and a few restrictive Northeastern states. As I said above, I take care of my vehicles. It has a wierd harmonic or slight stutter or shaking when in Drive idle like a stop light. When I arrived, the diesel pump was out of order. The system is calibrated to offer more control of the vehicle under a variety of conditions, and to operate in a manner that is not intrusive in normal or spirited driving. Fold the rear seats and it can move two people and some serious cargo.
Before I continue, I acknowledge that I abuse my Jeep, but I also work really hard to fix and maintain it as needed. This is not a bad thing for the stop-and-go nature of U. Fit and finish on the Liberty was very good throughout, with rich paint and tight gaps and seams. Day in and day out, Liberty works like a car or wagon. The most we can hope for are alternatives that are slightly more affordable or that have some other benefit, such as renewability, lower pollution and domestic sourcing. It would be nice if the driver's seat was a more comfortable perch, though — it's a little hard, and the thigh support is too short. The automatic transmission has five gears, but I noticed when accelerating onto the interstate that the stallion went a bit lame.