Jeep Liberty Renegade Review

Posted on 11. Apr, 2006 by in Auto News

A certain Mr. E. Ferrari used to refer Jeep as "the only true American sports car." I never quite understood the Italian automaker claim until I gave the keys to my Cherokee SUV hating my girlfriend. Employed as my liver is processing bourbon, she entered the Jeep 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder to life. Carving through the Silver Lake hills, the Jeep right now liked the acceleration, handling and scrappy driving position her almost as much as I do. Enzo was right: Jeeps are a buzz. If DCX lent me the new Jeep Liberty Renegade, I slipped on my steel-toed Wolverines and went for a good 'ole thrash in America's redneck Ferrari.

The model replaces the venerable Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Cherokee traded near-perfect two-box design for something like a VW Beetle after a visit to Barry Bonds looks' doctor. Macho dignity is respected (literally) by Renegade seven slot grille and its oversized wheel overcompensation by marble-sized screws as glaring as diamond teeth bows attached. Rock rails and front fog lights (disguised as KC lamps View) reinforce the strong man of aesthetics. That is, as I admire the Renegade on my hard drive, was a desperate housewife, and commented, "That's nice." Yes, well, the Liberty UniFrame design makes stiffer, lighter and more crashworthy than the body-on-frame construction of truck competition. So it's still as tough as nails (the metal kind).

Inside is Mr. Macho all gone schizo. The cabin has three types of fake carbon fiber, phony grip tape, leather and at least two other non-related structures – feel it all feel like the mats at Taco Bell sink found. The driving position is this Jeep name a distinctly ironic edge. Restricted seat travel pretzels anyone over 5'10 ", while limited vertical movement of the chairs in front of Liberty turns in reverse ballet teacher (you need to watch out slouch). There are no dead pedal for the left foot or resting place for your left arm. five miles from git-go, and an average-sized adults will feel 90-year-old.

The Renegade, the instrument binnacle highlights the fact that the Jeep Liberty seeks to drivers who would not use his full take off-road capabilities as BASE jumping. Slide the transfer case in high-4W and a yellow light comes on. Turn off the electronic stability program and an orange light appears. Flip on the fog, and it's one, two, three, go ahead! Turn off the overdrive and another orange light materializes. Call me obsessive ergonomic, but if a dashboard like a Lite-Brite looks was a little better right. Renegade my Toches.

If line speed is the issue, a Bruno Magli loafer Enzo mouth in response. America's sports car? Assigning a numerical value to the interval between standstill and 60 mph for is like trying to keep track of the budget deficit. In pursuit of fuel efficiency, the Liberty antiquated four-speed (six-speed is available) up-shifts at 2500 rpm. While it would cruise all day at 80 mph with under three major on the clock, a Renegade spurred not so much as a kick-down kick has much fuss. The 3.7-liter mill could pull 5000 pounds., But there are faster tree slugs. Handling at the border? Tackling the twisties? Freshly laid asphalt is not a game for the Liberty short wheelbase, high center of gravity and weight. Before 60 mph, you will swear that you are strapped to a machine malfunction.

Fortunately, freedom is still a Jeep. Slow down, rest your arm on the window sill and the world begins to look friendly perpetrators. Thanks to 40 days and nights of torrential rain, I had ample opportunity to mix in gunk. On a wet mound construction, I moved to 4-Low and … fell free to its doors in mud. I turned the wheel to lock, Goosed the gas and sat in amazement as the Liberty dug his way out of the swamp. Again and again, the Jeep chassis geometry massive articulation never disappointed me. The burly soundtrack also rocked-which is a bit of rain to admire Taylor for her fashion sense, but it go.

The new Jeep Liberty Renegade is the real deal: a genuine mud-plugger with, uh, limited to the road acumen. Despite the SUV feeding frenzy of the past decade or so, only the Wrangler Renegade the stable mate and Nissan Xterra expensive claim to this level of off-road authenticity. Saturn Vue? Toyota Rav4? Ford Escape? Land Rover Freelander? BMW X3? Posers. No low gears, which means no sales to consumers who buy their SUVs derived for the intended purpose or brag of it. On broken, mutilated or muddy roads, streets, where would dare not tread Italian vehicle, the Jeep Liberty Renegade is a F430 on the N