2008 Jeep Liberty

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2008 Jeep Liberty Review

Can be fun off-road vehicles with improved handling and performance on the highway.

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Overview

The 2008 Jeep Liberty is available in two models: the Jeep Liberty Sport and Limited Edition. Both the Sport and Limited Edition have 3.7-liter V-6 engines and comparable fuel economy. Four-wheel drive and stability and traction control come standard in both models. An MP3 player and satellite radio are also standard on both the Limited and Sport Liberty. The Limited has more features and, therefore, is priced higher, but both are more affordable than the competing luxury brands models.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: standard six-speed manual, optional four-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Liberty Sport, Jeep Liberty Limited Edition

What's New

The 2008 Jeep Liberty is fully redesigned from previous models. Revised steering and suspension systems improve the on-road ride and handling. The redesigned sheet metal of the body gives the 2008 model a more rugged appearance than older versions. More new features include a roomier interior and a Sky Slider canvas roof. The power window control is on the center console. The limited lifetime powertrain warranty is also new with the 2008 Liberty.

Exterior

Both models have many similarities on the exterior. The alloy wheels are painted with the Sport model having 16-inch wheels, and the Limited Edition having 17-inch wheels. The rear defogger and rear window wiper are standard on both models. Two additions for the Limited Edition are tinted privacy glass and a handy roof rack, great for off-road experiences. Both models have an external transmission-fluid cooler to prevent the drivetrain from overheating. The liftgate window is powered on the Liberty models, but the rear liftgate door is still manual. Cargo tie-downs are provided on both models. The Liberty Sport comes with a temporary spare tire, while the Liberty Limited Edition comes with a full-size matching spare tire. Both models’ spare tires are mounted on the underbody.

Interior

The front seats of both Liberty models are bucket seats and have the same head, hip, and legroom. Both models have cloth front seats with the Limited Edition’s being six-way power-adjustable. The front passenger seat in the Limited Edition can fold flat while the Sport’s cannot. Both models come equipped with remote power-lock doors and power mirrors, while only the Liberty Limited Edition has heated mirrors. Both models have 12-volt outlets available in the front and back, but the Limited Edition model also has a 115-volt outlet available in the front. The electrochromic inside rearview mirror and the leather steering wheel are the only extra comfort features to be found in the Limited Edition’s interior. The Liberty Sport has a six-speaker audio system, and the Limited Edition has a nine-speaker system. Both models have Sirius satellite radio and auxiliary MP3 players. The Limited Edition’s audio system is supplemented with a subwoofer.

Performance & Handling

Both models have a two-wheel-drive system and two four-wheel-drive systems. The 210-horsepower V-6 that is used in both Liberty models puts out 235 lb-ft of torque. The Jeep Liberty has a tow capability of 5000 pounds. The on-road handling is improved in the 2008 model because of the suspension modifications. The 2008 model’s stance is both wider and longer, which improves the vehicle’s stability on speedier turns. As usual with the Jeep brand, the Liberty performs well in off-road environments, and the suspension evens out larger bumps and holes that normal suspension cannot handle. The acceleration of the V-6 in the Jeep Liberty is not impressive, and it does not improve fuel economy to make up for its sluggishness.

Safety

The 2008 Jeep Liberty has four-wheel ABS that is ventilated in the front. The rear discs are solid. Stability control and traction control help the electronic brake force distribution keep the Liberty on balance on and off the road and keep a good grip during braking. The Jeep’s safety features are limited in comparison to other automobile makers, and the Liberty does not come equipped with front or rear side-mounted airbags. There are front and rear head airbags available that will protect everyone in the vehicle in case of a front collision.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jeep Liberty: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Off-road capabilities
  • Decent highway fuel economy
  • Redesigned suspension system
  • Redesigned steering system

You Won't Like

  • Slow acceleration
  • Very low city fuel economy
  • Insufficient and inconsistent headlamp
  • Lack of extensive safety features

Sum Up

Can be fun off-road vehicles with improved handling and performance on the highway.

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