2012 Jeep Liberty Price, Review

2012 Jeep Liberty Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Liberty is Jeep’s compact sport utility, fitting into the Jeep lineup between the traditional Jeep Wrangler and the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Liberty is the product of more than 60 years of Jeep experience and was introduced in the spring of 2001 as a replacement for the Cherokee. For 2008 the Liberty received its first major redesign with new exterior styling that incorporates a more rugged, classic Jeep look.

For 2012, Sport models are now available with UConnect hands-free connectivity, a universal garage door opener, compass, an exterior temperature gauge and satellite radio. Rear park assist is available for all Liberty trim levels.

The 2012 Jeep Liberty adds the Limited Jet trim, which features 20-inch polished aluminum wheels; chrome lower fascia opening, body side moldings, license plate brow, and roof rails; and blacked-out headlamps. the Limited Jet interior features include a premium audio system with steering-wheel audio controls; and heated, power front seats. The Liberty lineup also gets five new colors: Mineral Gray Metallic, Canyon Brown Pearl, Rescue Green Pearl, True Blue Pearl and Black Forest Green Pearl .

The Liberty, offered in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, is available in three trim levels, Sport, Limited, and the new-for-2012 Jet Edition. The standard powertrain in all Liberty models is a 210 horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and a four-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes SIRIUS satellite radio, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, all-speed traction control, and electronic roll mitigation. The SkySlider option is a full-length open canvas sunroof that can slide accordion-style forward, backward or partially opened to any position in-between. A multimedia infotainment system with 30-gigabyte hard drive and navigation system is available.

At first impression, the 2012 Jeep Liberty feels relatively well laid-out—as well as airy, given the tall greenhouse. Seats feel skimpy, though, and don’t offer much support. But there’s enough space in back, even for adults on a weekend trip, for instance. And the story is pretty good if you plan to haul cargo and gear: The cargo floor is low, too, and the seats fold neatly.

But there’s still plenty to make the Liberty an unappealing choice in today’s market, which is brimming with well-designed, family-friendly utility vehicles. The Liberty’s on-the-road ride and refinement are probably the biggest turn-offs of this vehicle. There’s a fair amount more interior road and wind noise than in more carlike compact crossover vehicles. And as a tall, narrow vehicle with a pitchy ride, the Liberty results in lots of ‘head toss’ on rough roads, or even choppy freeways, and blemished road surfaces seem to upset the composure of occupants just as much as they seem to upset the Liberty’s grip.

Safety features are respectable in the 2012 Liberty, but the federal government hasn’t tested it under the new ratings system, and the IIHS gave it a worrisome ‘marginal’ in side impact and ‘acceptable’ in rear impact. Base Sport, more luxurious Limited, and new Limited Jet trims are offered. Limited Jet models offer a spiced-up appearance, with big 20-inch aluminum wheels, chrome molding, and other black and bright trim throughout, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel and alarm system. Limited models are dressed up with a a long list of equipment over the sport, including leather upholstery, heated front seats, steering-wheel audio controls, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, and a garage-door opener. There are plenty of cool options, such as a music hard drive system, a new Garmin nav system, rain-sensing wipers, and a Sky Slider sunroof, if you don’t mind the higher price tag.

2012 Jeep Liberty Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 4076
City (MPG) : 16
Hwy (MPG) : 22
Horsepower : 210@5200
Torque (lb-ft) : 235@4000
Wheelbase : 106.1
Length (in.) : 176.9
Width (in.) : 72.3
Height (in.) : 71.0

2012 Jeep Liberty Price :

MSRP range : $23,360 – $28,560
Invoice price range : $22,690 – $27,556