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2012 Jeep Liberty: The last of his model



The 2012 Jeep Liberty is one of the regrettably least popular small crossovers out there, which is a shame because it diminishes the Statue of liberty's good image. After all, liberties what great about this country--you can go anywhere and do anything so long as you don't Step on anyone else's toes. That's the American dream: unfettered by government or societal regulation in terms of personal expression.

The Liberty has a few admirable qualities that make it good for off-roading, like a tough chassis, decent ground clearance, and four-wheel drive. These allow the Liberty to handle terrain that would be too much for something like a Honda CR-V. The Liberty also looks quite strong and can tow up to 5,000 pounds--something some other cars in its class can't do.

While the Liberty has some good features, it falls short in comparison to other models such as the CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4. If you're not planning on doing any off-roading or towing, these other options are better suited for your needs in terms of comfort and maneuverability.

Performance & mpg

The Jeep Liberty Sport and Limited come with optional rear-wheel drive or 4WD systems -- part-time Command-Trac or full-time Selec-Trac. The Renegade only has Selec-Trac. All Liberty models are powered by a3.7 L V6 that produces 210 horsepower and 235 torque lb/ft . A fourspeed automatic is the singular transmission choice for all models. With proper equipment, the Liberty can towup to 5,000 pounds . If performance is what you're basing your purchase off of, test results say the Liberty Limited went from 0 mph to 60 in 9.5 seconds--a little slow butagonizingly enough not terrible


The 2012 Jeep Liberty comes with a variety of standard safety features, including antilock disc brakes, stability control, active front head restraints, electronic roll mitigation and side curtain airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Liberty 5 stars in both front- and side-impact crashworthiness crashes. In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Liberty its highest rating of "Good" for frontal-offset impacts; however it received a second lowest rating of "Marginal" when it came to side protection during crashes..


The 2012 Jeep Liberty's on-road handling abilities are subpar, with vague steering and excessive body roll. Underpowered 3.7-liter V6 contributes to the lackluster acceleration relative to other similarly powered compact SUVs; However, it meets most expectations for off-roading like other Jeeps would.


In comparison to its competitors, the Liberty's cabin is lackluster and uninviting. It features lower-quality materials than most other similarly priced vehicles on the market. And while the controls are generally easy to use, those included with the optional navigation system can be difficult to find and understand.

Are Jeep Libertys reliable?

Overall the Jeep Liberty reliability is 56.35 and that makes it not very reliable. The chart below illustrates exactly how this ranks compared to some other cars, but the average overall rating is 57 as some comparison.

Is the Jeep Liberty 2012 a good car?

This version of the Liberty actually scores worse than its predecessor and was the lowest-rated vehicle in its category for the time. Its ride is unsettled, handling is clumsy and the noisy engine guzzles gas. The cramped interior is uncomfortable and sloppily finished.


Is the Jeep Liberty a good used vehicle?

The Jeep Liberty has received average scores on all major reliability ratings. RepairPal rates it a 3.5 out of 5, ranking it 14th out of 26 midsize SUVs. It received higher scores on, earning a score of 4.2 out of 5 based on consumer reviews.

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