2010 Jeep Liberty Review


Looking for a Used Liberty in your area?

CarGurus has 7,324 nationwide Liberty listings starting at $990.

Average user score
4.2 5 stars
Based on 5 reviews


The Good

The 2010 Jeep Liberty offers off-road experience and the unique Sky Slider option that is an industry first.

The Bad

Terrible fuel economy from a loud engine comes close to ruining the Jeep experience in the 2010 Liberty.

The CarGurus View

It’s said that no one can serve two masters, and Jeep's attempt to do so with the 2010 Liberty only seems to prove the point. If you plan on trekking off-road, there are better vehicles out there. If you never push past the pavement, there are better vehicles out there.

At a Glance

With the dubious honor of being named one of U.S. Consumer Reports magazine’s “11 Worst Cars of 2008,” the Jeep Liberty has had a spotty and short life. Introduced in 2002, it was redesigned in 2007 and linked to the Dodge Nitro, with which it shares a platform, which led to that painful review.

A new standard feature for 2010 is Chrysler's Interactive Decel Fuel Shut Off, a system that cuts fuel delivery during deceleration to increase efficiency. This comes on Sport and Limited trims, both of which are powered by a 3.7-liter V6 mated with a four-speed automatic transmission. Available in standard RWD and buyer’s choice of two different 4WD drivetrains, the Liberty is one of Jeep’s compact SUV offerings, slated just above the Compass and Patriot.


The Liberty’s sole engine, a 210-hp, 3.7-liter V6, is competent at best, struggling at speed and letting you know in the process. A rough and ragged sound pierces into the cabin at anything above a relaxed cruise, and the archaic four-speed automatic transmission requires enough coaxing to downshift that you’ll wish you were wearing spurs.

The Command-Trac 4WD system is the more rugged of the two and cannot be left engaged on dry pavement, as opposed to the Selec-Trac system, although both come with a low-range gear for off-road use. Maximum towing capacity for the Liberty is 5,000 pounds, quite respectable for a compact SUV, but the fuel economy rating of 15/21 mpg leaves many questioning what the trade-off is. RWD versions fare little better, gaining only 1 mpg at both ends.

Ride & Handling

Broken road surfaces will induce some dancing, and this is worsened during cornering, where body lean and roll are evident. Normal bumps and dips are handled with relative poise, however, especially considering the size and structure of the Liberty.

A neutral, almost absent steering feel warrants almost no comment, but the brakes offer so little feedback as to alarm. Thankfully, little difference is noticed between RWD and 4WD trims, especially considering the off-road ability of these little SUVs.

Cabin & Comfort

The Liberty tries for a rugged ambiance that reflects its marque’s heritage, but the lack of luxurious materials and an over-abundance of hard plastics simply imply a cheap feel. Seats are comfortable and supportive, although some find they are too upright, with a lack of adjustability to suitably compensate for the angle. Headroom is lacking for taller drivers, and a tight, cramped interior leaves many feeling claustrophobic. Rear seats lack in legroom, and a door design that tapers toward the bottom unnecessarily complicates entry and exit.

A unique feature, a retractable canvas roof covering both seating rows, which Jeep calls the Sky Slider, offers a fun option for those who choose it. Surprisingly, when closed it offers impressive sound isolation, in noticeable contrast to soft tops in other Jeep offerings throughout its history.


Dual front and curtain-side airbags with rollover deployment contribute to five-star ratings in NHTSA tests for frontal and side impacts involving both driver and passengers, not to mention front-seat active head restraints, although rollover tests earned only three stars.

Four-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist and an anti-skid system are also standard, as well as hill ascent control and a tire pressure monitor.

What Owners Think

While the Liberty seems to have found its place among consumers, offering Jeep sensibilities with far fewer of the drawbacks of the Wrangler, issues still crop up among owners. Poor fuel economy that seems to be a Jeep trait of late is a very common complaint, especially when considering the lack of performance and refinement of the engine and transmission. Comfort is also a factor, with many finding a lack of space inexcusable even for a compact SUV.


A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA - winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father's latest acquisition.

What's your take on the 2010 Jeep Liberty?

2010 Jeep Liberty Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2010 Jeep Liberty against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

2010 Jeep Liberty vs:

    Have you driven a 2010 Jeep Liberty?  
    Rank This Car

    Cars compared to 2010 Jeep LibertyPeople researching a 2010 Jeep Liberty contacted a dealer about


    Looking for a Used Liberty in your area?

    CarGurus has 7,324 nationwide Liberty listings starting at $990.

    Have questions?   Ask a question

    Jeep Liberty Questions

    I Livein Nc Just Bought A 2010 Jeep Liberty Yesterday After Driving It For ...

    miles the check engine light came on i called the dealer i checked the codes po 420 and po513 last night it rained the inside roof got wet today is sunday can i bring it to the dealer on monday and...

    14 views with 1 answer (last answer 6 days ago)

    Check Engine

    I have a 2010 jeep liberty I was about 3000 miles o er on an oil change my check engine light came car is running fine no problems

    2 views with 1 answer (last answer 6 days ago)

    Cylinder 1 Misfire

    So this problem occurred roughly 3 weeks ago after an oil change (probably unrelated). My Liberty is right at approx 80,000 miles. When I hit 45-50mph or 65-70mph the car will start to "jerk/hiccup"...

    83 views with 2 answers (last answer 4 weeks ago)

    2010 Jeep Liberty Door Locks

    I just got a 2010 Jeep Liberty and I have a remote door lock but it only locks/unlocks the drivers door and I know it's suppose to unlock/lock all the doors so I have to go through the car to unloc...

    24 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)

    2010 Jeep Liberty Km

    How many Km can I expect from a 2010 Jeep Liberty. Looking to purchase a used one, well maintained with just over 200000 km

    9 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)