The Jeep Liberty is a compact SUV from DaimlerChrysler's Jeep brand. The Liberty was introduced in 2002 with styling inspired by the Dakar and Jeepster show cars. It competes with the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox and Nissan Xterra. The Liberty was the first Jeep to use two new PowerTech engines: A 150 hp 2.4 L I4 and a 210 hp 3.7 L V6. Despite popular belief, the Liberty was not the first Jeep vehicle to use an independent suspension; the Jeep Wagoneer first used it in the 1960s.
The Liberty has been very successful for Jeep, outselling the Ford Escape in 2005 to become the best-selling compact SUV in the United States. 70 percent of Liberty buyers are new to the Jeep marque, and the Toledo North Assembly factory in Toledo, Ohio is running overtime to produce the model.
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- 1 Recent Changes
- 2 Styles and Major Options
- 3 Pricing
- 4 Gas Mileage
- 5 Engine and Transmission
- 6 Performance
- 7 Reliability
- 8 Safety
- 9 Photos
- 10 Colors
- 11 Main Competitors
- 12 Hybrid Models
- 13 Unique Attributes
- 14 Interior
- 15 Resale Values
- 16 Criticisms
- 17 Generations
- 18 Current Generation (2008-Present)
- 19 Worldwide
- 20 Design quirks and oddities
- 21 Awards
- 22 See Also
- 23 External Links
- The 2010 LA Auto Show played host to the unveiling of the Liberty Jet Edition. Available in a choice of Bright Silver, Dark Charcoal, Brilliant Black and Blackberry exterior colors, other extra features include 20-inch polished aluminum wheels fitted with P245/50R20 all-season tires; chrome lower fascia opening, body side moldings, license plate brow, roof rails and mirror caps; blacked-out headlamps; and unique 'Jet' badging. Inside, the Jet edition of the Liberty gains an array of standard features such as a 9-speaker premium audio system; a security system with supplemental side-curtain air bags and Park Sense rear park assist; available Dark Slate Gray leather seating with accent stitching; heated front seats, available with six-way power function for the driver and two-way for the passenger; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; and one-touch up/down power windows. The Liberty Jet is offered as an optional package with an MSRP of $1,495 on the Liberty Sport models and $995 on Liberty Limited versions.
- The 2011 Liberty gets some minor updates like a new steering wheel, a choice of media systems and colors.
- The 2008 Jeep Liberty has been completely redesigned and restyled. For example, the rear window is much larger, and the vehicle overall looks like a Jeep Patriot with higher suspension. The rear and grille are similar to that of the Jeep Commander. Overall, the vehicle is much more macho.
The 2011 Jeep Liberty will have new features: standard cruise control, Jeep-branded steering wheel, upgraded interior trim, and an optional navigation system with traffic, fuel prices, and weather updates. While the Liberty Renegade will enter its first full model year, the entry-level Sport is expected to be the big seller, claiming nearly three quarters of sales. Image:Jeep-Cherokee-2.jpg </gallery>
Styles and Major Options
The 2008 Liberty comes available in two trims: the Sport and the Limited. Both operate on the same 3.7L 210hp V6 engine, and while the Sport is available in a 6-speed manual transmission as well as a 4-speed auto, the Limited is only availble in auto. Though the Limited does include some options and cosmetic touches not found on the Sport, most of the standard features remain the same. Some of these include:
- 16" silver styled steel wheels
- 4-way cloth bucket seats
- 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
- Power windows, locks, mirrors
- 17" Silver alloy wheels
- 8-way (6-way power) driver's seat
- Roll-up cargo cover
- 6-Speaker AM/FM/CD/Sirius satellite audio system
- Cruise control
- Body-colored fender flares
- Chrome bodyside and grille moldings
- Front Passenger Side Fold Flat Seat
- Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
For a full list, see the Official Jeep Webiste List
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Engine and Transmission
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- RECALL ALERT: Jeep recalling more than 47,000 2002-2003 Liberty because of loss of lubrication in their front ball joints due to salt and 2009 Commanders, Grand Cherokees, and Wrangler models due to a possible reversed wiring on the driver's airbag controller which may inhibit the airbag's deployment.
The 2008 Jeep Liberty has yet to be tested by the NHTSA but here are the results for the 2007 model. It is assumed that the 2008 results will be similar, if not better.
According to the NHTSA, the 2007 Liberty performed well overall in safety tests. For driver front-impact and all side-impact crash tests, the Liberty received a 5-Star rating, while passenger front-impact tests earned it a 4-Star rating. However, rollover tests performed on the 2WD and 4WD versions both yielded only 3-Star ratings.
Some of the standard safety equipment that can be found on all versions of the Jeep Liberty include:
- ABS and driveline traction control
- Electronic stability control
- Front and rear anti-roll bars
- Four wheel anti-lock brakes
- Driver/passenger front-impact airbags
- Side impact bars
A full list of colors for the 2007 Jeep Liberty is viewable at CarsDirect.com. Some of the available combinations include:
- Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl
- Bright Silver Metallic
- Jeep® Green Metallic
- Inferno Red Crystal Pearl
- Light Graystone Pearl
- Modern Blue Pearl
- Stone White
- Red Rock Crystal Pearl
- Bronze Star
- Blackberry Pearl
- Bright White Clear
- Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl
- Pastel Pebble Beige
- Pastel Slate Gray
- Leather Trimmed Pastel Pebble Beige
- Leather Trimmed Pastel Slate Gray
There are currently no hybrid models of the Liberty.
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According to Kelley Blue Book, "the Liberty is projected to retain an average residual value over 24-, 36-, 48- and 60-month periods. The Liberty Limited holds its value better than the Nissan Xterra, Kia Sorento and Suzuki XL-7, but falls behind the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V."
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- "You really feel the weight [4,115 pounds with V6 engine] under braking..." - AutoWeek
- "You'll feel the mass at the gas pump, too, with an EPA estimate of 16 mpg in the city, 20 highway." - AutoWeek
- For some the Liberty might be a bit too "cute" to carry off the image they want from a Jeep, even though the model is very capable off-road. The small rear cargo area may also persuade some to look for a bigger vehicle." - Kelley Blue Book (Both these issues have been resolved in the 2008 model)
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Current Generation (2008-Present)
The Liberty has grown in size and style. It's cutesy looks of the previous generation have grown up, looking like the big boy Jeeps. It's now more of a mid-size SUV, competing more with the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano, and Honda Pilot, although it is the most capable off-road of all three of those vehicles. This is due to the release of new, more compact SUVs courtesy of Jeep for the urban jungle: Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot.
First Generation/Origins (2002–2007)
4-wheel disc brakes were added for 2003. For 2005, a 2.8 L VM Motori turbodiesel engine became available in the CRD model. Although diesel engines are not familiar in the American market, Jeep reported that they sold 10,000 Liberty CRD models in the first calendar year of sales.
In European markets, the Liberty is sold as the Cherokee, and is available in Sport and Limited models. For the 2007 model year, the Renegade was dropped, itself a development of the Extreme Sport which was a limited-run model in 2004. For the 2008 model year, the V6 petrol engine was dropped from the European range - only the 2.8 CRD remaining, either in manual or automatic transmission guises. The range itself apes the USA range, with the same colour options available, and the same options lists. The Cherokee was updated alongside the Liberty in 2005.
The Cherokee is Jeep's most popular European model, but is something of a forgotten entity - the car has a cult following in off-roading circles, and is the darling of those who wish to buck the trend. The Cherokee is not to all European tastes - it is incredibly thirsty, and certainly not as refined as key rivals. Also, the Cherokee has the shortest service intervals of any vehicle in its class.
Prices of the car vary across Europe, but in the UK the prices are as follows:
- Sport Manual - £20,095, which equates to $40,037.
- Sport Automatic - £21,095, which equates to $42,067.
- Limited Manual - £22,635, which equates to $45,138.
- Limited Automatic - £23,635, which equates to $47,132.
The EuroNCAP have crash tested the Cherokee, and the results are four out of five stars. This rating breaks down into:
- Front Impact - 9 points, 56%.
- Side Impact - 15 points, 83%.
- Pedestran Protection - 3 points, 8%.
The addition of a belt reminder for the 2003 MY gained the Cherokee enough points to warrant a four-star rating, but the poor pedestrian protection resulted in one out of four stars for the category. Since the car was tested in 2002, child protection was not tested, but each Cherokee sold comes with chassis anchorage points on the rear seats.
Design quirks and oddities
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- The Liberty was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2002.
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