(4.7) 73 reviews
MSRP: $9,000$19,564
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 18-19
Engine: 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x2
Seats: 5
2012 Jeep Liberty

Our Take on the 2012 Jeep Liberty

Our Take

The Jeep Liberty, which is related to the Dodge Nitro, comes in Sport, Limited and new Limited Jet editions. One of the more interesting features in this five-seat small SUV is its optional Sky Slider movable canvas roof. Liberty competitors include the Nissan Xterra and Suzuki Grand Vitara.New ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Highway passing power
  • Cabin quality
  • Cargo area liftover height
  • Cramped backseat
  • Crash-test ratings

Notable Features

  • Standard V-6 engine
  • Two available four-wheel-drive systems
  • True off-road capability
  • Optional retractable canvas roof
  • Optional Bluetooth streaming audio


Our Expert Reviews

At some point, most people I know have wanted a Jeep. These people usually mean a Wrangler when picturing their dream Jeep, but many parents have asked me whether the Liberty is a better option for their teen driver. The short answer is no. An off-road SUV, the 2012 Jeep Liberty is best left to experienced drivers who can handle its rough suspension and unforgiving manner; its less-than stell... Read full review for the 2012 Jeep Liberty

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Consumer Reviews


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by Love the Jet from Minnesota on August 3, 2012

Sick to death of all the reviews I looked at before I finally bought one. I have had it for 3 months now and like it more than when I bought it. I'm 6'2" and have no complaints. Love the sound system.... Read Full Review

6 Trim Levels Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2012 Jeep Liberty.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.