The 2012 Jeep Liberty isn't all that strong of a pick, if occupant safety is near the top of your list. It doesn't omit any essential safety features, but crash-test ratings are disappointing--and potentially disconcerting.
Side-impact and side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, active head restraints, and several other electronic off-road aids are included across the model line.
But its crash-test credentials aren't nearly as good as the feature set might promise. The Liberty has also been rated by the federal government's stricter new NCAP tests, and it's earned some very worrisome scores--including just two stars (out of five) for frontal impact and just three stars overall.
The Liberty only achieves a worrisome 'marginal' rating from the IIHS in side-impact safety—the second-worst rating the IIHS gives. And in the seat-based rear impact test, it gets just 'acceptable.' Protection in both frontal impacts and in the new roof strength score is rated 'good,' however.