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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Jeep Liberty

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Thanks to iconic models like the Wrangler and the Cherokee, Jeep has long been synonymous with off-roading, but that’s really not the case with the 2012 Jeep Liberty. A great around-town SUV, the Liberty isn’t really made for getting off road the way that its predecessors were, which is disappointing for a lot of Jeep enthusiasts.

Key Features

Though it has little ground clearance to speak of (and would definitely need a lift kit if you wanted to put real off-road tires on it), the 2012 Jeep Liberty does have a pretty great four-wheel drive system with the Selec-Trac II Active Full-Time 4WD. It’s controlled electronically and moves between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive mode as you need it.

The other big feature for the 2012 Jeep Liberty is the Sky Slider roof. It’s a canvas roof that opens up completely and lets you feel the wind in your hair and really appreciate the scenery around you.

Changes for 2012

In 2012, the Jeep Liberty came in three trim levels with Sport, Limited, and Limited Jet. They also offered a few new colors, including Rescue Green Pearl, Canyon Brown Pearl, Mineral Gray, and Black Forest Green Pearl.

What We Like

We like the option to open up the roof all the way. It gives the new Liberty a classic Jeep feeling, even if you can’t really get off road without a lot of work and upgrades.

What Concerns Us

We have a feeling that most Jeep enthusiasts are probably not going to be the biggest fans of the 2012 Jeep Liberty. If you expect a Jeep to be able to hit the trail as soon as you roll off the lot, you’re looking at the wrong model, and you’re going to be disappointed.

Available Models

All three trim levels of the 2012 Jeep Liberty come with the same engine package:

  • Engine – 3.7-liter V6
  • Power – 210 HP at 5200 RPM
  • Torque – 235 lb-ft at 4000 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 15/21 (4WD), 16/22 (2WD)

Major Recalls

Some 2012 Jeep Liberty models have been recalled because their head restraints failed to deploy in accidents.

Common Issues

Most issues with the 2012 Jeep Liberty come from trying to use it the way you would use most other Jeeps, which can result in suspension problems and other issues. Some drivers have complained about engine noise, as well.

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