The Jeep wrangler is the iconic off road vehicle. Many people who are new to the world of Jeep vehicles and off roading wonder if a Jeep Liberty will perform as well off road as the Jeep Wrangler does. The answer real simply is NO!
The Jeep wrangler has a lot more clearance than the Jeep Liberty. The suspension on the Jeep Liberty is not designed for off roading and the vehicle as a whole will only tame the mildest of dirt trails. If you are buying a Jeep because you want to go off roading then go with the Jeep Wrangler over the Jeep Liberty.
Jeep Libertys are a great vehicle if it meets your needs but the Jeep Liberty is not in the same category as a Jeep wrangler. If you think that you will show up to an off road event driving your Jeep Liberty and earn the respect of Jeep wrangler drivers think again. They are both Jeeps but the Liberty is no where near the same as a Jeep Wrangler. It is like comparing a Harley Davidson 883 Sportster Low to a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic. They are both Harley Davidson Motorcycles but they are designed for drastically different reasons.
The Jeep wrangler is the iconic off road vehicle that is specifically designed for off road abuse. The Jeep Liberty is what people drive there kids around in. You do get more interior space in a Jeep Liberty but the Jeep Liberty is not designed for off roading. If if you jack up the frame or chassis on the Jeep Liberty it will still be a crappy vehicle for off road. A Jeep is not a Jeep when you are comparing the Jeep Wrangler to the Jeep Liberty.
The Jeep Liberty will handle muddy roads with ease and you are able to be less apt to get stuck in a snow drift in the winter time. If these are your only off roading plans then a Jeep Liberty may be the SUV you need. If instead you want to to some true "digging" and rock crawling in Moab then a Jeep Liberty is definitely no the vehicle you want to but. A Jeep Wrangler should be selected over a Jeep liberty if you truly want to do some off roading.
Instead of purchasing a new Jeep Liberty you may want to consider purchasing a used Jeep Wrangler. You can find some great deals on used Jeep Wranglers. If you want to off road then a used Jeep Wrangler will be the only choice when you are considering both the Jeep Wrangler as well as the Jeep Liberty.
The Jeep Liberty CRD is a diesel motor and it will get much better fuel mileage then the Jeep Wrangler. Are you looking for an off road vehicle or a vehicle with better gas mileage to truck your small family around in? A Jeep Liberty is a great vehicle as long as you are not planning on riding in any Jeep Jamboree events.