2008 Jeep Liberty


The five-passenger 2008 Jeep Liberty is a great option for consumers looking for an SUV that is both good on the road as well as off. The 2008 model was completely redesigned from the previous year, providing for a whole new look and feel when compared to its predecessor. Although it still maintains the boxy look that is distinctly the Jeep Liberty, it still manages to be both sleek and rugged at the same time.

Consumers looking for an SUV with a good amount of power and interior space without breaking the bank will especially enjoy the 2008 Jeep Liberty. With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price ranging from $20,330 to $26,125, it is certainly an affordable SUV. The gas mileage is also decent, particularly for an SUV of its size, getting 22 miles per gallon on the highway and 16 miles per gallon in the city.

The 2008 Jeep Liberty places a particular interest on safety, with the model offering all of the following features:

  • Stability control, which reduces the vehicle’s engine power and applies braking when it sensing that the vehicle as reached its handling limits.
  • Front-impact airbags, which protect the head of the driver and the front seat passenger when a frontal crash occurs.
  • Overhead airbags, which protect the heads of the occupants when a rollover or side collision occurs.
  • Pretensioners, which work with the seatbelt during a collision in order to tighten the seatbelt and place the occupant in the optimal seating position.
  • Security system, which prevents the engine from starting and disables the ignition if a key other than the original manufacturer’s key is used.
  • Anti-lock brakes, which are capable of sensing when a tire has stopped rotating so it can modulate the brake pressure and make it possible to turn while braking.

The 2008 Jeep Liberty is available in two different trims, the Sport and the Limited Edition. Each version is available in either two-wheel drive or four wheel drive with a standard 3.7-liter V6 engine. The engine is capable of brining 210 horsepower and 235 feet-pound torque. As Car and Driver had to say, the “V-6, with 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque, can still clobber most of the competition in straight-line performance.”

The Sport two wheel drive and four wheel drive both offer a six speed manual transmission with overdrive as standard equipment while the both versions of the Limited have four speed automatic transmissions with overdrive. This SUV is also excellent for towing and off road adventures because, as The Car Connection noted, it includes “Jeep’s strongest, stiffest chassis structure.”

Despite its power, the 2008 Jeep Liberty still offers a smooth ride. According to Canadian Driver, “…it's not 'truck-like' on pavement. It doesn't sacrifice ride comfort and driveability for off-road prowess.” When compared to other compact SUVs, Canadian Driver goes on to say that the, “Jeep's [Selec Trac] 4WD system... allows greater versatility over a greater variety of roads.” Whether enjoying a drive on road or pushing the limts off road, the 2008 Jeep Liberty is able to deliver.

The 2008 Jeep Liberty isn’t all about power, however. In fact, it offers many creature comforts as well as attractive features. The 2008 version, for example, has an optional moonroof that is made from canvas instead of glass. In addition, the interior of the 2008 model is just as smooth as its ride, with The Car Connection saying, “Liberty’s interior is…an oasis of calm.”

Jeep also put a great deal of thought into many of its features in order to make them as convenient as possible. In regards to the swing gate, Edmunds.com said it “opens from the curb-side of the vehicle for safe, convenient loading.” Auto Week was impressed with its rear glass, saying that it “pops open with the press of a button on the optional remote locking key fob.”
In all, the 2008 Jeep Liberty is a solid SUV that provides for a smooth ride, great handling, and excellent performance all bundled into one vehicle. With a performance like that, it is no wonder why USA Today said that it “ran fast, shifted sweetly, coddled occupants, made few bad noises and numbers of good ones.”

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