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About the Jeep Liberty

Vehicle Summary

The Jeep brand has long been associated with ruggedness and an ability to venture off the beaten path. The Jeep Liberty, which was produced between 2002 and 2012, is no exception. This compact SUV can be a great choice if you're looking for a comfortable and spacious ride that's fun to drive and has off-roading capabilities. And with a few different trim configurations available, you can find the option that best suits your needs and budget. Explore the Jeep Liberty, its features, and competition.

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FAQ

Q: Does Jeep still make the Liberty?

A: No, Jeep ceased production of the Jeep Liberty following the 2012 model year. The Jeep Liberty was available in the United States from 2002-2012.

Q: Is the Jeep Liberty four-wheel drive?

A: Rear-wheel drive comes standard on all Jeep Liberty model years, but four-wheel drive is optional. For the 2012 model year, two different four-wheel drive systems were available (a part-time four-wheel drive and a full-time four-wheel drive system known as the Selec-Trac).

Q: What kind of gas mileage does the Jeep Liberty get?

A: Fuel economy for the Jeep Liberty varies based on model year, trim, and engine configuration. For the 2012 model year, a Jeep Liberty with rear-wheel drive and base 3.7L engine gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined (16 city and 22 highway).1

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.

Jeep Liberty Trim Configurations

Trim configurations for the Jeep Liberty evolved throughout its decade of production, but remained relatively stable from 2009-2012. The following will focus on trim features for the 2012 model year, unless otherwise noted.

Jeep Liberty Sport (2009-2012)

• 16-inch alloy wheels

• Full power accessories

• Fold-flat passenger seat

• Keyless entry

• Heated mirrors

Jeep Liberty Renegade (2009-2011)

• All-terrain tires

• Included tow hooks

• Skid plates

• Improved four-wheel drive system

Jeep Liberty Limited (2009-2012)

• 17-inch alloy wheels

• Premium eight-speaker sound system

• Exterior chrome accents

• Leather-wrapped steering wheel

• Power front seats

Jeep Liberty Jet (2012)

• 20-inch alloy wheels

• Upgraded interior and exterior trim

• Standard security alarm

• Rear parking sensors

It is also worth noting that various trims on the Jeep Liberty are available with a wide range of add-on packages, which boast extra features. In the 2012 model year, for example, a towing package is available on every trim level. A Comfort/Convenience Package is also available for some trims, adding remote ignition and automatic climate control.

Jeep Liberty vs. Other SUVs

Jeep Liberty vs. Other SUVs

The Jeep Liberty had its fair share of competition throughout its decade of production. Compare and contrast the Jeep Liberty with a few of its top contenders below.

2012 Jeep Patriot

The Jeep Patriot is a popular choice among those who want a more compact ride than the Liberty has to offer without sacrificing the off-roading capabilities offered by the Jeep brand. For the 2012 model year specifically, the standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine leaves much to be desired for those who prioritize power behind the wheel.

Likely due to its smaller size, the Jeep Patriot does get better fuel economy than the Liberty. Specifically, the 2012 Patriot base trim with 2.4L engine gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined (21 city and 25 highway), compared to 18 mpg combined for the 2012 Liberty base trim with 3.7L engine.1

2011 Dodge Nitro

The Dodge Nitro was a brawny SUV produced from 2007-2011; interestingly enough, the Nitro and the Liberty share a very similar powertrain and overall platform. The main difference is that the Nitro offers a more powerful V6 engine in the 2011 model year. From a fuel economy standpoint, the 2011 Nitro with base 4.0L V6 engine gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined, which is in-line with the 2011 Liberty's 17 mpg combined in base trim with 3.7L V6 engine.1

2012 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape has been a long-standing contender in the SUV class for many years. Compared to the Jeep Liberty, the Escape offers a more compact size but still affords seating for up to five people. The 2012 Escape's base 2.5L, four-cylinder engine is lackluster compared to the 2012 Liberty's V6, though a more powerful 3.0L V6 is optional on the Escape. The Escape also lacks some standard features that the Liberty offers, including Bluetooth® connectivity.

The Escape gets a slightly better fuel economy at an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined in its 2012 model year with base trim and 2.5L four-cylinder engine.1

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.

Reliability Research

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Above Average

RepairPal gave the Jeep Liberty an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks the Jeep Liberty 14th out of 26 among midsize SUVs.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Jeep Liberty is $674, compared to an average of $622 for midsize SUVs and $719 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Jeep Liberty owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.3 times per year, compared to an average of 0.4 times for midsize SUVs and 0.5 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 12% for the Jeep Liberty, compared to an average of 13% for midsize SUVs and 13% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 12/31/2018. Learn more.

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Reviews for Jeep Liberty

Overall Rating

3.7 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Solid 2011 Jeep Liberty.

The Jeep Liberty Limited has a very solid feel to it. While driving it, you have excellent outward visibility. The controls for the electronics are easy to use and function in a logical manner.

Pros

  • Styling: I like the traditional Jeep styling.
  • Cargo Space: There is plenty storage in the glovebox, door pockets, console box, and in the covered well in the cargo area.

Cons

  • Fuel Economy: It is a little thirsty.
  • Interior Space: It could use a little more front and rear leg room.

- Anonymous , 2011 Jeep Liberty

More than just a car!

The 2012 Jeep Liberty 4-door Limited initially appealed to us by its design. It seems to be a cross between the rugged Wrangler design and the softer Cherokee look. By softer, I simply mean the smoother, airodynamic features. The 2012 Liberty has a great front grill design and a very "Jeep" look, squared and simple. We find the vehicle comfortable on and off road, a definately rugged suspension, and fun to drive.

Pros

  • Ride and Handling: It's a Jeep. It is designed to go where you want it to.
  • Styling: The 2012 Liberty Limited is one of the BEST designs Jeep has come up with.
  • Value: ITs a functional crossover, both street and utility function, and has versatility and usefulness for a one-car family.

Cons

  • Fuel Economy: 17.5 miles per gallon is tough on the wallet. But, we decided that the other features were worth it.
  • Visibility: Blind spots. Both right side and left side blind spots just behind the vehicle. Only fix is side mirror augments.

- Howard Symons, 2012 Jeep Liberty

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