Compare 2012 Jeep Liberty vs 2012 Nissan Xterra

2012 Jeep Liberty
2012 Nissan Xterra
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RWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $22,722 $23,395
RWD 4-Door Sport Latitude 16 22 $22,722 $23,395
4WD 4-Door Arctic 15 21 $24,222 $24,975
4WD 4-Door Sport 15 21 $24,612 $25,395
4WD 4-Door Sport Latitude 15 21 $24,612 $25,395
RWD 4-Door Limited 16 22 $25,852 $26,760
RWD 4-Door Limited Jet 16 22 $26,070 $26,995
4WD 4-Door Limited 15 21 $27,370 $28,360
4WD 4-Door Limited Jet 15 21 $27,960 $28,995
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2WD 4-Door Automatic X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door Automatic X 16 22 $24,147 $25,480
2WD 4-Door Automatic S 16 22 $26,029 $27,470
4WD 4-Door Automatic X 15 20 $26,086 $27,530
4WD 4-Door Manual S 16 20 $26,974 $28,470
4WD 4-Door Automatic S 15 20 $27,968 $29,520
4WD 4-Door Manual Pro-4X 16 20 $28,707 $30,640
4WD 4-Door Automatic Pro-4X 15 20 $29,689 $31,690
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,722
$24,147
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,395
$25,480
Monthly Payment Estimate
$390 / month
$425 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.8
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
With the off-road-focused Renegade model now gone, it's hard to see much value in the 2012 Jeep Liberty, as there were already plenty of better choices for those looking to spend most of the time on-road, commuting or shuttling kids.. If you have a lot of gear to haul to tough-to-reach places, the 2010 Nissan Xterra is a good choice for weekend adventurers.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.6 46.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 58.3
Second Head Room (in)
40.8 39.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 58.3
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
52.7 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
38.2 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105.6 98.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.8 8.1
Length, Overall (in)
176.1 178.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
44.2 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
71.3 74.9
Liftover Height (in)
34.1 32.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.1 106.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
29.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 72.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 36.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
60.9 65.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.4 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 36.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
25.2 36.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 43.3
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 0.5 11.3 x 0.7
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 1.1 11.7 x 1.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.36 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 37.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.4 3.5
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
TRY NA
Front Tire Size
P225/75R16 P265/70R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact P265/70R16
Front Tire Order Code
TRY NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/75R16 P265/70R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 750
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4076 4143
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Engine
Displacement
3.7L/226 4.0L/241
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 261 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 281 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
EKG NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.52
Trans Type
4 5
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 2.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 2.35
Trans Order Code
DGV NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.73 3.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.84
Summary
Vehicle Name
Jeep Liberty Nissan Xterra
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.30
Suspension Type - Rear
Live Axle Multi-leaf
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Solid Axle
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
A-Arms Double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 1.00
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.4 10.2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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