|Compact SUV; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $11,500 – $21,200*|
2008 Jeep Liberty Front
2008 Jeep Liberty Rear
2008 Jeep Liberty Interior
2008 Jeep Liberty Rear-2
The second generation of this “Trail Rated” compact is roomier and more refined. Jeep called Liberty one of its “traditional” trucks, as it retained the brand’s trademark off-road prowess-unlike the more car-like Compass and Patriot. Shoppers who have no plans to venture beyond the pavement will be better served by more refined SUVs, such as Toyota’s RAV4; but for those with real wanderlust, Jeep remains the logical choice.
Redesigned for the first time since its introduction, the 2008 Jeep Liberty compact sport-utility vehicle attempted to capture the rugged appeal of its classic Jeep predecessor. Available in two models, Sport and Limited, the Liberty used a 210-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 with a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Two four-wheel-drive systems were available, as an alternative to the standard rear-wheel drive. Selec-Trac II could be left engaged on dry pavement. The Command-Trac system should not be left engaged on dry pavement. Both included low-range gearing for off-road use. Sharing its basic design with the Dodge Nitro, a Liberty could tow as much as 5,000 pounds.
Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system with rollover sensors, and curtain side airbags. The 2008 Liberty marked the debut of the Sky Slider, a retractable canvas roof that opened over both seating rows and provided an open-air experience much like the Jeep Wrangler. Also available were a navigation system and satellite radio. Larger than its predecessor in every dimension, the redesigned 2008 Liberty offered more cargo capacity and passenger space. Possible rivals included the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Suzuki Grand Vitara, and Toyota RAV4; but none of these approached Jeep’s reputation for off-road capability.
The six-speed manual transmission was dropped, so all 2009 Liberty models had automatic. Newly available was Chrysler’s uconnect multimedia suite, including a navigation system with real-time traffic updates, a 30-gigabyte hard drive for storing digital media and picture files, and a wireless cell-phone link. New Rocky Mountain editions included 17-inch aluminum wheels and uconnect.
The 2010 Jeep Liberty lineup gained a new trim level for 2010. The off-road-oriented Renegade model joined the base Sport and top-line Limited.
The 2011 Jeep Liberty sees only minor trim changes.
The off-road-oriented Renegade was dropped from the 2012 Jeep Liberty lineup, but there were no other changes of note.