2012 Jeep Liberty Overview
2012 Jeep Liberty Overview
For the 2012 model year, Jeep, the king of off-road auto manufactures, once again offered a new version of the Liberty. This year’s edition has all of the hauling, towing, and off-road dynamics that have made this model famous. It continues to offer utilitarian components for the exterior as well as within the cabin design. However, there are better models available in the SUV segment for everyday driving and comfort. The Liberty also falls short in the performance and handling departments, at least on paved roads. If you are looking for a fun, reliable off-road vehicle, the 2012 Jeep Liberty continues to be a good choice, just don’t expect it to do much else.
New for 2012
For the 2012 model year the Jeep Liberty received some changes to the lineup:
- All models are available with optional rear parking sensors
- A new Jet trim level
- A new available Artic special edition package
The 2012 Jeep Liberty is one of the many available SUV options from the famous off-road carmaker. It is offered in three trim levels including the Sport, Limited, and the all-new Jet trim level. The base Sport trim level features 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Limited comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. Jeep put 20-inch polished alloy wheels on the top-of-the-line Jet model.
The Jeep Liberty is more reminiscent of the Jeeps of the past than the Grand Cherokee and other newer models. It retains the rounded headlights and strongly muscled front fenders that originally made this off-road vehicle noticeable. The grille features the vertical metalwork the Liberty shares with most of its siblings. The Jeep emblem is placed low on the hood just above the grille. The rest of the body design is boxy with solid lines and molded metal accents. In sum, the exterior of the Liberty looks like it was made for off-road adventures.
Interior & Cargo
The Jeep Liberty’s cabin is not the most luxurious option for a SUV. It features lackluster, cheap plastics and some seriously padding-deprived seats. The overall design is utilitarian, to say the least. Some drivers might encounter some comfort issues with the tilt-only steering wheel design. The gauges and instruments on the dash are well laid out and sensibly designed. The upgraded, optional audio system complicates things a bit, with small touchscreen controls that are difficult to use, especially on the road.
The amount of space inside the cargo hold is average for its class. With the rear seat upright, the 2012 Liberty gives up 31.5 cubic feet of space. Once the rear seat is laid down, the amount of cargo space jumps up to 64 cubic feet of space for camping supplies, sports equipment, or whatever else you need to haul.
The Jeep Liberty for the 2012 model year is equipped with all of the standard safety features you would expect. It has active front head restraints, side curtain airbags, and anti-lock brakes. All versions are also equipped with stability control, thankfully. The Jeep Liberty has optional rear parking sensors available in all of its trim levels. While parking sensors are optional, it is interesting to note that front seat side impact airbags are not offered at all.
In terms of crash test ratings, the 2012 Jeep Liberty is a mixed bag. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave this vehicle a “Good” rating for frontal offset collision and roof strength. On the other hand, the same organization gave it only a “Marginal,” the second-lowest rating for the side impact test.
All versions of the 2012 Jeep Liberty are equipped with a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission as the only gearbox choice. The V-6 motor offers up 210 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. Consumers can expect the standard rear-wheel drive, though the Liberty can be equipped with a choice of two all-wheel-drive options. Jeep is offering the part time Command-Trac and the always-engaged Selec-Trac as its four-wheel-drive options.
Behind the wheel of the 2012 Jeep Liberty, you’ll never forget this vehicle is made for off-road use. Drivers who plan to use it for everyday needs will quickly discover the available V-6 engine does not produce enough power for quick acceleration, and the cabin is quite noisy. The handling is on the sloppy side with noticeable body roll. The overall feel of this vehicle is decidedly truck-like. With that said, if you plan to go off-road with the Liberty, it would difficult to find a better-suited vehicle than this. It takes to all kinds of terrain with agility, and drivers can rest assured that this vehicle was designed to take the road less traveled.
Key Competitors of the 2012 Jeep Liberty
- Honda CR-V
- Nissan Xterra
- Toyota FJ Cruiser
- Subaru Forester
- Toyota RAV4
The 2012 Jeep Liberty has 6 models that range from $23,395 - $28,995. The 2012 Liberty is a suv with four wheel drive,rear wheel drive that gets between 15 mpg (city) - 21 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 3.7L V6 engine. The 2012 Jeep Liberty has a seating capacity of 5/5, wheelbase is 106.1 inches, cargo capacity of 62.40 cu.ft., and ground clearance of 7.80 inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2012 Sport 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.