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2008 Jeep Liberty

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2008 Jeep Liberty Review

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Die-hard Jeep fans may have worried that the new 2008 Jeep Liberty would go soft in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience, but that hasn't happened. In many ways the latest Jeep Liberty is more civilized, thanks to a long list of features, improved ride and handling and better fuel economy. At the same time, a pair of very capable four-wheel drive systems, a highly functional interior and more rugged styling show that the Liberty retains its off-road roots. While it's difficult to meet the various needs of modern SUV buyers, Jeep fans can rest easy knowing the redesigned Liberty still embodies all that the Jeep brand has come to represent.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like the Jeep Liberty if you want a mid-size SUV with rugged good looks, room for five and go-anywhere off-road capabilities. Plus, the Sky Slider Roof lets you have open air fun without the added noise and security concerns of owning a soft-top Jeep Wrangler.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the Jeep Liberty if you don't plan to venture away from paved roads. By focusing strictly on on-road handling, many newer crossover SUVs offer more comfort and efficiency than the Liberty while still offering SUV roominess.

What's New for 2008

After a thorough restyling, the 2008 Jeep Liberty re-emerges with a more squared-off appearance and a host of appealing features. A new four-wheel-drive system, optional retractable fabric roof, redesigned suspension and available MyGIG multimedia infotainment system make the new Liberty a more appealing vehicle than the one it replaces.

Driving the Liberty

Driving Impressions The 2008 Jeep Liberty must contend with both on- and off-road driving situations and it manages to perform admirably in both. At freeway speeds, the all-new suspension provides a smooth...

and quiet ride, yet on winding roads the steering is responsive and body lean is well controlled. However, it is away from paved roads where the Jeep Liberty really shines, with two highly capable four-wheel drive systems, All-speed Traction Control, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist and anti-lock brakes with rough road detection giving the Liberty truly impressive off-road credentials. The Liberty's V6 provides plenty of power for tackling demanding trails, but on the open road it feels lethargic, requiring frequent downshifts to maintain speed when traveling uphill.

Sky Slider Roof
Opening the optional Sky Slider Roof lets the sun shine in and the breeze waft around the cabin, yet with the soft-top closed interior noise is on par with the standard metal-roof Jeep Liberty.

MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System
Combining a hands-free phone system, voice-recognition, digital music storage, GPS navigation and real-time traffic information, the Liberty's MyGIG option offers lots of information, communication and entertainment resources in one easy-to-use device.

2008 Jeep Liberty Details
2008 Jeep Liberty photo Interior

The interior of the 2008 Jeep Liberty offers the clean, functional simplicity one expects from a Jeep. From the perspective of off-road enthusiasts, the Liberty's easy-to-clean, hard plastic interior is ideal, but those who enjoy a bit of panache from a vehicle's interior may be disappointed. Head room is good in all seating positions; however, with the front seats adjusted for normal-sized adults, rear-seat leg room can be tight. Cargo space behind the second row is good, but those needing more space will appreciate standard 60/40 flat-folding rear seats and the optional folding front-passenger seat.

Exterior
2008 Jeep Liberty photo

The previous Jeep Liberty had a more rounded appearance. However, for 2008 the Liberty reverts to the squared look of the original Jeep Cherokee while also presenting a modern take on classic Jeep styling cues. A box-like profile and prominent fender flairs create a solid purposeful stance, while its signature seven-slot grille and hexagonal headlamps with round lighting elements give the Liberty a face that looks distinctly Jeep. In back, the spare tire has been moved beneath the vehicle, allowing for a new tailgate with flip-up rear glass.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 Jeep Liberty is offered in two trims: Sport and Limited. The standard equipment list for the base Sport trim includes air conditioning, body-colored bumpers and fender flares, MP3-capable CD player with auxiliary audio input jack and power windows, mirrors and door locks. The Limited Edition Liberty adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, YES Essentials stain-resistant seat fabric, premium Infinity speakers with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier, chrome exterior accents and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Standard safety features for both trims include anti-lock brakes, stability control with roll-over mitigation, traction control, front airbags and two-row side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

There are several option packages available to further outfit the Jeep Liberty, including the Sport trim's Popular Equipment Group, which features a six-speaker stereo, fold-flat front passenger seat, fog lamps, cruise control, tinted glass and a two-pronged power outlet. Available for the Limited Edition Liberty is Premium Group 1, which adds leather-trimmed heated seats, remote start and memory functions; and Premium Group 2, which adds automatic climate control, rear park assist, 18-inch wheels and rain-sensing wipers. A tow package with Class-III hitch, seven-pin wiring harness and trailer sway control can be added to either trim.

Under the Hood

The 2008 Jeep Liberty is powered by a 3.7-liter V6. It offers plenty of power when tackling rough trails but the on-road acceleration is underwhelming. The Limited Edition Liberty features a standard four-speed automatic transmission, which is also available as a replacement for the Sport trim's standard six-speed manual transmission. The Liberty is offered with a choice of Command-Trac II part-time four-wheel drive or Selec-Trac II full-time four-wheel drive. Both systems include a low-speed transfer case which multiplies engine torque to help traverse challenging terrain at very low speeds.

3.7-liter V6
210 horsepower at 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22, 15/21 (4WD w/ automatic)

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2008 Jeep Liberty Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 261 Ratings for the 2008 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Great all around vehicle!

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Love the big skyslider sunroof!"

Cons: "There is some wind noise from the sunroof on hwy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have used this vehicle to: vacation, pull a trailer, haul home improvement supplies, move (with many trips) over 600mi., and ferry grandsons to soccer games and college events. My wife also loves it as a daily driver for around town and shopping use. There are no significant problems in use or any unexpected issues. With regular maintenance and attention to detail we expect to own it for many more years. It looks great too!"

UNBEATABLE CAR

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,126

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "lots of storage, good gas mileage"

Cons: "perfect little car."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My jeep has outperformed my expectations. Does wonderful in ice and snow. Because of lifestyle changes, are needing to trade up to a van. I recommend my jeep liberty and know it will run for many years to come."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Comfortable, Utilitarian, Feel safe inside

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable. Good for hauling. Feel safe inside."

Cons: "A bit sluggish. Not the best gas mileage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Not the prettiest vehicle as was my 2002 Grand Cherokee. It is easy to enter & exit for a tall person. Nice capacity for hauling furniture and other goods. Changing back seats for hauling very easy to do. Driving is easy and road and surroundings view is good for an SUV. Wish mileage was better, but it is what it is! Changing to 4WD and back is a snap. Overall I am pleased with the vehicle."

This is jeep always run perfect looks good clean

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "This jeep is trail rated and in perfect condition."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I used this car to tow behind my motor home . I'm selling both of them and I do not need another car"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

jeep is my third car. Ready to sell.

By on Saturday, May 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "blue book value $13,002 Trade in $11,923."

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"great shape. Loaded, never repaired other than battery, tires, and oilchanges. 3rd car. Time to go now that I a retired"

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car, very reliable and comfortable. The "oh God" handle in the front passenger seat is in a terrible location (jams tall passengers' knees), but that is the only thing I would change about this Jeep."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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