What you see is what you get with the Jeep Liberty
Published: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 3, 2013 23:02
Jeep got its humble beginnings during World War II. Initially, the Jeep was designed to be a military vehicle that could be completely assembled (or disassembled) in minutes, thus giving the United States one of its biggest mechanical advantages during the war.
After the war’s conclusion, civilians could purchase Jeeps and have a brand new, totally disassembled Jeep shipped to their doorsteps in a crate for roughly the price of a refrigerator.
Fast forward to today and enter the Jeep Liberty. The Liberty is just one Jeep’s more recent vehicles that echoes the rugged, outdoorsman-like heritage that Jeeps are famous for.
For starters, when I first sat down in the driver’s seat and closed the door, I felt like I was in a much bigger vehicle. A number of other Jeep owners that I have talked to have echoed my sentiments.
In my opinion, Jeep achieves this with its more angular features and more defined styling, which sets it apart from many other SUV’s on the market today.
Driving the Jeep Liberty is, well, like driving a Jeep. It’s rugged and large, and I couldn’t help but feel like a combination of Rambo and Shaun White when I was driving around. It’s the sense of adventure that really makes Jeeps special.
The particular Liberty that I was driving was a 2010 and featured a 3.7 liter V6 with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle averages 16 mpg in the city and around 22 on the highway.
One of the things I most appreciated about the Jeep Liberty was that I never got bored in it. That’s a hard statement to make about some other SUV’s on the market.
Perhaps, considering that I have an interest in history and consequently am a history minor, I just appreciated what the name Jeep meant. But when I finally pulled back into the lot, I didn’t want to get out.
The Liberty, or any Jeep for that matter, is just one of those vehicles that yearns for more than just a 15-minute commute each day.
No, this review hasn’t been loaded with vehicle specs or technical details like many of my other reviews, but then again, when it comes to Jeeps, it truly is a case of what you see is what you get, and that’s how Jeeps have been for the last 50 years.
Having said that, there is simply a heck of a lot to see, and get for that matter.