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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
Quick Take
Much less of a cute-ute than it used to be, the 2008 Jeep Liberty defines SUV-lites by not being one. Read more »
Decision Guide
Opinions from around the Web

“an uncanny resemblance to the Dodge Nitro”

Automobile.com »

“A Dodge Nitro wearing a Jeep Commander mask”

EdmundsInsideLine.com »

“Jeep has definitely masculinized the Liberty’s styling”

TruckTrend.com »

“More macho looking”

MotorTrend.com »

“Go-anywhere pugnacity.”

NYTimes.com »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$21,090 $26,640
RWD 4-Door Sport
Gas Mileage 16 mpg City/22 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V6, 3.7L
EPA Class 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
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7.2 out of 10
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The Basics:

TheCarConnection.com’s automotive experts researched reviews from the Web’s most respected sites and combined these findings with our own to compile this conclusive appraisal of the 2008 Jeep Liberty.

It’s a curious thing about the 2008 Jeep Liberty--expert reviews of the new, larger second-generation model ranged from tepid praise to downright harsh. But even after poking hot sticks at the SUV’s quality gaffes, most concluded that the Liberty is actually a capable SUV that offers plenty of fun and safety. Their criticisms reveal something important about SUVs; there are subsets to this huge segment of vehicles, and it’s important to know what you want your vehicle to do while you’re evaluating alternatives.

For example, most SUVs and car-based crossovers are not designed for genuine off-road romps. The Jeep Liberty is. However, its capability comes at a price; the Jeep’s on-road ride and handling are not as carlike as some other SUVs that couldn’t begin to keep up with the Liberty off road. Its 3.7-liter V-6 is torquey enough, but acceleration is nothing special, nor is fuel economy.

Outside the Jeep Liberty’s much crisper appearance is a masculine twist on the former version, which was more softly rounded. The interior is restyled, with some of the materials that get complaints from TheCarConnection.com’s writers, but plenty of cool features, such as a music hard drive system, have been installed.

It’s important for SUV shoppers to know what they want their truck to do. In other words, pick the right tool for your job, and you’ll probably be happy with your choice. If you’ll never go off road in a million years, consider other SUVs. There are plenty of SUV-ish crossovers out there. However, if you’re apt to put a wheel on a trail or have another genuine need for the kind of performance that the Liberty provides, spend some time in one and you’ll be impressed.


  • Great off-road capabilities
  • Enormous Sky Slider roof
  • More interior room
  • Better on-road ride
  • Replaceable fender flares


  • Lackadaisical acceleration
  • Trucklike ride and handing
  • Quality of interior bits
  • Tight rear legroom
  • Not great fuel economy
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