The Jeep Liberty is no longer in production but originally came on the scene to offer a more moderately priced option for drivers unable to swing the prices of its upper class sister vehicle, the Jeep Grand Cherokee. While only two generations of the Liberty were made, over a million were sold, and pre-owned Liberties may be a good option for those who want a compact SUV with off-road street-cred.
The Jeep Liberty was discontinued after the 2012 model year and though “spy photos” of the 2014 have surfaced on the Internet there is no official information about a newer model. The Liberty featured the typical boxy exterior design associated with Jeep as well as the same strong off-road sensibilities. The Liberty was available in three trims: Sport, Limited, and Jet. It was available in both 2WD and 4WD and featured upgrades like chrome accents and 20 inch alloy wheels.
The basic Sport trim came with standard features like cloth upholstery, A/C, power windows and door locks, rear 60/40 split folding seats that allow you to create more cargo space, and a six-speaker sound system. The next level, Limited, upgraded the sound system and the Jet topped the line with rear parking sensors and additional airbags. Standard features include remote keyless entry, a tilt steering wheel, illuminated entry, AM/FM radio, a CD player with MP3 decoder, fully automatic headlights, rear window defroster, and front reading lights.
Under the hood you will find a 3.7L V6 engine that produce up to 210 hp. This gives the compact SUV enough power to go off-road where it truly shines. Across the board reviewers have said that it is not the ideal vehicle for “on-pavement” only.
With 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space when all seats are in use and 62.4 cubic feet of cargo space if the second row is folded down, the Liberty has adequate space to get your outdoor gear where it needs to go.
2013 JEEP LIBERTY SAFETY RATING
The Liberty received a rating of “Good” for Moderate Overlap Front tests and roof strength tests, a “Marginal” for side impact, and an “Acceptable” for rear crash by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also received 4 out of 5 stars for side crash by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Standard safety features include brake assist, overhead, dual front, and occupant sensing airbags, electronic stability and traction control, ignition disable, panic alarm, and anti-whiplash front head restraints.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE JEEP LIBERTY
The 2012 Jeep Liberty did not win awards from the critics but drivers sure love it. It garnered compliments for its smooth ride, all-weather ruggedness, and its stability rounding sharp turns. Consumer Guide called it “roomy and surprisingly refined.”