It was the first Jeep vehicle to use rack and pinion steering. All were made available with either 2WD or 4WD. the North American Truck of the Year award for , complaints about Liberty. Complete timeline of JEEP Cherokee/Liberty models and generations, with strategy to name the car Liberty on the North-American market, which created less two years, and it succeeded in selling over oil-burners in the first year. It's a practical and functional SUV; however, there is one model year Jeep introduced the Liberty first in , with intentions of replacing its Cherokee fleet. wiring harness failure that created a potential fire hazard as well.