As a spiritual successor to the Jeep Cherokee (which returned in 2014), the Jeep Liberty has everything you would expect - it has good off-road capability, control, and utility. This five-passenger compact SUV is also affordable, keeping it ahead of the pack.
Debuted in 2002, the Jeep Liberty was the spiritual successor to the Jeep Cherokee and was continuously upgraded throughout its run. It received its first full redesign in 2008, which refreshed its appearance to give the Liberty a more classic Jeep feel. Since its cosmetic redo, the four-cylinder engine option was discontinued to leave the 3.7L V6 engine as the only available option.
As one of the few truly off-road vehicles in its class, this vehicle is best in situations that many other cars cannot handle well. Namely, slippery rock, mud, and snow are barely a challenge to the Jeep Liberty. In contrast, the Liberty is not fully refined on-road, though later editions and modifications to the suspension layout have made it better for highway driving and urban living than previous versions. On some higher trims, the interior is upgraded to be more comfortable for drivers and passengers alike.
The Jeep Liberty, even in later editions, operates similarly to its original models. Most of its changes over the years were cosmetic. With the Jeep Cherokee revived, the Jeep Liberty is decidedly more affordable when shopping for used compact SUVs with off-road capabilities.
The 2008 Liberty is available with a choice between four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive. In recent models, the Jeep Liberty is equipped with a 3.7L V6 engine with either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. Otherwise, expect the same or equivalent features found in each compact SUV in its class.