The Liberty has clumsy handling but overall is secure. The noisy 3.7-liter V6 feels lethargic and returned just 16 mpg overall in our tests. We found the cabin rather narrow and access awkward. The Liberty is suitable for off-road duty and has a ride that is more steady than the similar Dodge Nitro.
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2012 Jeep Liberty
"The 2012 Jeep Liberty continues Jeep�s iconic off-road heritage, with its vertical slat grille and…
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Awesome Jeep 4x4!!! by ColoradoBoy on 03/02/2012. Trim: 2012 Jeep Liberty Limited 4X4, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: The excellent four-wheel drive system, coupled with Jeep's traction and electronic stability control, make the vehicle unstoppable on trails and on snow/ice-laden roads. The Infinity sound system is fantastic! In addition, the ride and handling of this vehicle are impressive for its size and chassis.
Cons: The antique PowerTech V6 and four speed automatic transmission are nothing to write-home about, as they have been used in the liberty for roughly a decade. Fuel economy is rather poor in the city, but I knew this would be the case prior to purchasing the vehicle.
Overall review: Overall, I am extremely happy with my Liberty. Thanks to Jeep's cash incentives and dealership discounts, the price of this new vehicle was a bargain. The ride and handling of the liberty are fantastic for a truck-based SUV... and I can't understand why it receives such a bad rap in this department. I traded in my 2006 Ford Fusion SEL V6 for this thing and have no regrets. This truck is packed with technology and provides excellent quality and refinement for a rugged, trail-rated Jeep! Oh yes, and this truck can also tow 5,000 LBS... I would love to see a cute ute, crossover, minivan, etc. accomplish all of the above tasks and still yield great driving dynamics on pavement!
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