2008 Jeep Liberty Limited
Model strengths:New off-road-oriented features; towing ability; improved interior.
Model changes:The Jeep Liberty is all-new for 2008, with a more rugged appearance that borrows cues from the larger Commander and classic Wrangler models, along with a more comfortable and spacious interior design and a newly available Sky Slider full-length canvas roof. New suspension and steering systems also help improve ride and handling. The Liberty is still classified as a compact sport-utility vehicle, but front and rear seating space has been improved, and cargo length is also increased.
Model value:Jeep has dropped prices on the Liberty for 2008, which, combined with the redesign and new features, makes it a much stronger value than last year's model. Among compact SUVs, the Liberty is one of the more rugged and trucklike choices, ideally suited toward light towing or more serious off-roading. The Sky Slider roof is also a good option for those who want the open-air feel of a soft top.
Model overview:While nearly everything else is new on the 2008 Jeep Liberty, a proven 3.7L V6 provides power for the Liberty line. It makes 210 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque and can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic.The Liberty is available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, both in Sport or Limited trim. Two four-wheel drive systems are available, and both are "Trail Rated." Command-Trac is a part-time system, while Selec-Trac II is a more sophisticated system. The Liberty has impressive approach and departure angles, good ground clearance, and sturdy hardware that is well suited for off-roading. Hill descent control, an electronic aid useful in descending steep slopes off-road, is standard on four-wheel-drive models, while hill start assist allows a smoother, safer launch when climbing a steep, slippery slope. The anti-lock braking system also has a "Rough Road" mode oriented toward unpaved surfaces.A few important safety features that were previously optional or not available are now standard. Stability control with roll mitigation is now included with all Liberty models, and there's a trailer sway control system for improved stability when towing. Brake assist is also standard with the ABS, as are side curtain air bags.The overall list of features offered on the Liberty has also been greatly expanded--both in terms of standard equipment and options. Sport models come well equipped with air conditioning, power accessories, and many other common conveniences. Limited models step up to larger alloy wheels, fog lamps, heated mirrors, steering wheel audio controls, and an upgraded audio system.Several new comfort and convenience options are available for those who want to appoint the Liberty more luxuriously. A Sky Slider roof--a full-length canvas arrangement that peels away to open up the entire roof to the sky--is an especially notable new option. Other examples include remote start, a rear parking-sensor system, rain-sensing wipers, and memory seats.Another key option is the MyGig Multimedia Infotainment System, which integrates audio, navigation, and entertainment functions and also includes a Bluetooth hands-free interface. The system includes a 20-gigabyte hard drive that can store up to 1,500 songs, or a combination of songs and images. There's also a built-in voice memo recorder. The navigation functions include real-time traffic information from Sirius satellite radio (which is also available with the system).
Jeep introduced the Liberty in 2002 and completely redesigned it for the 2008 model year. This is a unibody small SUV that tries to marry carlike road manners with a Jeep’s go-anywhere ability. The redesigned Liberty only comes with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 210 horsepower, mated to a four-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. Base Libertys have rear-wheel drive, but there are two available all-wheel-drive systems: Command-Trac, which is a part-time, shift-on-the-fly setup; and Selec-Trac II, which is a full-time system. Hill-descent control is standard with both all-wheel-drive systems, and hill start assist is standard on all Libertys.
The Liberty is a highly capable off-roader, but it suffers from a lack of poise on-road, at least compared with the best offerings from the Japanese, the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. Although the Liberty’s interior is quite spacious, the quality of the materials and finishes is lacking compared with that of the class leaders, too.
On the plus side of the ledger, the Liberty has a lot of standard safety equipment, including front side airbags, stability- and rollover-control systems, and anti-lock brakes. It excels in traditional truck roles. It is excellent off-road and can tow up to 5000 pounds when properly equipped, which is at the top of the cute-ute class.
What’s New for 2008
The Liberty was completely redesigned for the 2008 model year. The exterior is more rugged and masculine than the original, and a new suspension—independent up front and a five-link rear—underpins the vehicle. The Liberty now features more accurate and responsive rack-and-pinion steering. A whole array of new equipment has become available, including the Sky Slider full-length canvas roof.
The base Liberty is the Sport, which starts at $21,025 in two-wheel-drive form, rising to $22,635 for an all-wheel-drive version. Standard features include curtain airbags; 16-inch aluminum wheels; fold-flat, reclining second-row seats; air conditioning; power windows; and an AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers.
The Limited model starts at $25,210 in two-wheel-drive guise and is $26,820 for the 4x4. This adds a fold-flat passenger seat, a classier seat fabric, a power driver seat, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, the four-speed automatic transmission, cruise control, 17-inch aluminum wheels, Sirius satellite radio, and heated power-folding exterior mirrors.
The Sport has a number of packages and stand-alone options. An automatic transmission costs $825, a power sunroof is $850, and the Sky Slider roof is $1200. The latter is great if you like an ambience that’s comparable to a convertible’s, but the trade-off is a ton of wind noise. The Trailer Tow Group ($495) includes sway control. Jeep offers a more sophisticated all-wheel-drive system than the standard part-time, shift-on-the-fly Command-Trac II setup. Called Selec-Trac II, this is an active, on-demand system and costs $445. The Premium Sound Group ($395) includes a six-CD in-dash changer, and the Popular Equipment Group ($1095) consists of fog lamps, cruise control, deep-tinted glass, a fold-flat front-passenger seat, and a cargo-compartment cover.
The Limited has a lot more options. You can still order the power sunroof as a stand-alone option, along with the full-length canvas roof, the Selec-Trac II all-wheel-drive system, and the Trailer Tow Group, just $395 on the Limited. The MyGIG infotainment system with navigation costs $1550 and incorporates a 20-gigabyte hard drive for tunes and photos, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and real-time traffic information through the Sirius satellite-radio system. There are three options packages. The Premium Sound Group is $395. The Premium Group I costs $995 and upgrades to leather seating, heated front seats, auto on/off headlights, a power passenger seat, and remote start. The Premium Group II incorporates Premium Group I and adds automatic climate control, 18-inch wheels and tires, and a rear backup alert system. The cost is $2295.
All Liberty models have front and side airbags as standard, along with anti-lock brakes, hill start assist, a skid-control system with rollover mitigation, and traction control. All-wheel-drive models have standard hill-descent control, and a trailer-sway-control system is part of the trailer-towing package. Finally, a rear backup system is available on the Liberty Limited.
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The Jeep Liberty, or Jeep Cherokee (KJ/KK) outside North America, is a compact SUV that was produced by Jeep for the model years 2002–2012 for US consumers. Introduced as a replacement for the Cherokee (XJ), the Liberty was priced between the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. It was the smallest of the 4-door Jeep SUVs until the car based 4-door Compass and Patriot arrived for 2007. Like the XJ Cherokee, the Liberty featured unibody-construction. It was assembled at the Toledo North Assembly Plant in the United States, as well as in other countries including Egypt and Venezuela. The Liberty ceased production on August 16, 2012. The next generation restored the previous nameplate of Jeep Cherokee that was always used outside of North America.
First generation KJ (2002–2007)
Main article: Jeep Liberty (KJ)
Inspired by styling from the Dakar and Jeepsterconcept vehicles, the Liberty was intended as a replacement for the discontinued Jeep Cherokee. The Liberty also marked a few firsts for Jeep. It was the first Jeep vehicle to use rack and pinion steering. It's also the first Jeep to use the two then-new PowerTech engines; the 150 horsepower (110 kW) 2.4 Lstraight-4, which was discontinued in 2006, and the 210 horsepower (160 kW) 3.7 L V6, as well as a short-lived 2.8 L VM Motori turbo diesel (2005-2006 only). The Liberty was the first Jeep vehicle to use an independent front suspension since the 1963-1965 Jeep Wagoneer.
Three trim levels were initially offered; the top end Limited, a more rugged looking Renegade and the base Sport. All were made available with either 2WD or 4WD. In 2005, all Liberties received a minor facelift. The 2005, 2006 Renegade and 2005 Rocky Mountain Edition Liberties received an exclusive flat hood and taller grille. In 2007, the Renegade trim level was replaced with the Latitude which appeared to focus more on an urban appearance and lost the Renegade trim's unique hood and grill. While the Liberty was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2002, complaints about Liberty styling and reliability persisted, in addition to safety recalls.
Second generation KK (2008–2012)
Main article: Jeep Liberty (KK)
The Jeep Liberty received a complete redesign for the 2008 model year with a more boxy look, like that of the 2007 Dodge Nitro, the latter of which lasted until its final production in December 2011. The 2008 Liberty debuted at the 2007 New York International Auto Show.
With the smaller Patriot and Compasscrossover SUVs now available to cater to economy conscious buyers, the four-cylinder engine was dropped from the Liberty's offerings. The iron-block, aluminum-head V6 was the only engine available for 2008. Towing capacity was 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg). Jeep discontinued the Liberty CRD for the American market because it could not meet tougher 2007 emissions standards for diesel engines. Transmission choices were both carry-overs: a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Standard equipment included electronic stability control with roll mitigation, traction control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist. Jeep offered a rare 2WD version on the "Jet" model. New Features included standard side airbags. Optional features are rain-sensing wipers, Sirius Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, a navigation system, and the MyGig entertainment system complete with a 30GBhard drive.
Total U.S. sales
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