Used 2008 Jeep Liberty

2008 Jeep Liberty
List price range
$6,990 - $13,998

Pros

  • Respectable off-road capability, simple and functional cabin, high towing capacity.

Cons

  • Modest and thirsty V6 engine, poor headlight illumination, subpar interior materials, upgraded ride and handling still not as carlike as many rivals.

Used 2008 Jeep Liberty for Sale

Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
119,887 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
List$6,999
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
76,253 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
List$9,495
Est.Loan: $194/mo
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DARCARS Pre-Owned Fairfax is excited to offer this 2008 Jeep Liberty. This Jeep includes%3A P235/70R16 ALL-TERRAIN OWL TIRES Conventional Spare Tire Tires - Rear All-Terrain Tires - Front All-Terrain SPEED CONTROL Cruise Control 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 4-Speed A/T A/T POPULAR EQUIPMENT GROUP Fog Lamps Cargo Shade Tires - Front All-Season Privacy Glass Cruise Control Power Outlet Tires - Rear All-Season SELEC-TRAC II ACTIVE FULL TIME 4WD Four Wheel Drive 3.7L V6 ENGINE %28STD%29 V6 Cylinder Engine Gasoline Fuel PWR SUNROOF Generic Sun/Moonroof Sun/Moonroof CLOTH LOW-BACK FRONT BUCKET SEATS %28STD%29 Cloth Seats Bucket Seats FLEET VALUE GROUP II Cruise Control LUXURY FRONT Rear Floor Mats Floor Mats %2ANote - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.%2A Your buying risks are reduced thanks to a CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee. If you're in the market for an incredible SUV -- and value on-the-road comfort and manners more than ultimate off-road prowess or tow capacity -- you'll definitely want to check out this Jeep Liberty Sport. Where do you want to go today%3F With 4WD, you can choose to drive virtually anywhere and on terrain 2WD vehicles can't handle. In addition to being well-cared for, this Jeep Liberty has very low mileage making it a rare find. More information about the 2008 Jeep Liberty%3A Jeep has dropped prices on the Liberty for 2008, which, combined with the redesign and new features, makes it a much stronger value than last year's model. Among compact SUVs, the Liberty is one of the more rugged and trucklike choices, ideally suited toward light towing or more serious off-roading. The Sky Slider roof is also a good option for those who want the open-air feel of a soft top. This model sets itself apart with improved interior., New off-road-oriented features, and towing ability CALL US NOW AT 703-385-0500, OUR WHOLESALE PRICES GIVE YOU THE BEST DEAL IN THE MARKET . ALL TYPES OF FINANCING AVAILABLE. REPO, BANKRUPTCY .see sales associate for details. Shop Online 24/7 %40DARCARS.COM Prices exclude tax, tags, and %2524499 processing charge. %2ANote - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.%2A %286%29 speakers,12-volt auxiliary pwr outlet,16' x 7.0' aluminum wheels,160-amp alternator,3.21 axle ratio,3.7L DOHC V6 engine,3.7L V6 ENGINE %28STD%29,4-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION,6-speed manual transmission,60/40 split-folding rear seat,600-CCA maintenance free battery,AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc%3A MP3 playback,Air conditioning,All speed traction control,All speed traction control,Auxiliary transmission oil cooler,Black license plate brow,Body color fascias,Body color grille,Bodyside molded-in-color moldings,CLOTH LOW-BACK FRONT BUCKET SEATS %28STD%29,Cargo compartment lamp,Carpeted floor covering,Child safety rear door locks,City 15/hwy 21 %283.7L engine 4-speed auto trans%29,City 16/hwy 22 %283.7L engine 6-speed manual trans%29,Cloth low-back front bucket seats,Command-Trac II part-time 4WD system,Compact spare tire,Corporate 8.25 solid rear axle,Dana 30/186MM front axle,Driver & front passenger advanced multi-stage airbags w/occupant classification system,Dual-note horn,Electronic stability program,Electronic stability program,Enhanced accident response system,FLEET VALUE GROUP II,Flipper liftgate glass,Fold away pwr mirrors,Front & rear stabilizer bars,Front license plate bracket,Front upper & lower A-arm suspension,Full length floor console,Halogen headlamps w/time off delay,Hill start assist,Illuminated entry,Illuminated visor vanity mirrors,LATCH-ready child seat anchor system,LUXURY FRONT,Lamps-inc%3A courtesy map/reading rear dome,Luxury front & rear floor mats,P225/75R16 all-season BSW tires,P235/70R16 ALL-TERRAIN OWL TIRES,POPULAR EQUIPMENT GROUP,PWR SUNROOF,Pwr 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes w/brake assist,Pwr 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes w/brake assist,Pwr accessory delay,Pwr rack & pinion steering,Pwr windows w/driver 1-touch up/down & front passenger 1-touch down,Rear live axle w/upper & lower trailing arm suspension w/track bar,Rear window defroster,Rear window wiper/washer,Remote keyless entry,Removable short-mast antenna,Reversible/waterproof cargo storage,SELEC-TRAC II ACTIVE FULL TIME 4WD,SPEED CONTROL,Sentry Key theft-deterrent system,Speed sensitive pwr locks,Supplemental side airbags,Tachometer,Tilt steering wheel,Tinted windshield glass,Tire pressure monitoring system,Variable intermittent windshield wipers
Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
112,000 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
(5)
Cars 4 Less
17.4 mi away
List$6,990
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
92,124 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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Dealer Notes
***POWER SUNROOF, 4WD...........................2008 JEEP LIBERTY SUV, SILVER WITH A GRAY INTERIOR, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, AIR CONDITIONING, POWER WINDOWS, LOCKS, AND MIRRORS, AM/FM CD PLAYER, TINTED GLASS, ALLOY WHEELS, CLEAN CARFAX WITH 12 SERVICE RECORDS*** MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT.PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. All vehicles sold AS-IS, See Buyer's Guide for Warranty options.
Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
76,697 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
List$8,995
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
108,596 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
List$8,500
Est.Loan: $174/mo
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
91,873 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
List$7,449
Est.Loan: $152/mo
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Limited Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 4A)
112,496 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Limited Edition
TJ Auto Sales
49.6 mi away
List$8,497
Est.Loan: $174/mo
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
62,478 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
List$9,595
Est.Loan: $196/mo
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%2A%2A 2-OWNER %2A%2A 4X4 %2A%2A SPORT %2A%2A SUNROOF %2A%2A ALLOYS %2A%2A 4 MATCHING GOODYEAR %2A%2A 62K MILES %2A%2A INSPECTED %2A%2A CALL us at 410-676-0101,�_< Mon-Fri 10-7,�_< Sat 10-5. %2A%2A 2008 Jeep Liberty 4x4 SPORT w/ only 62k miles %2A%2A 2-owner,�_< ACCIDENT-FREE,�_< CLEAN CARFAX w/ super low miles and well-maintained. %2A%2A 3.7L V6 motor runs perfectly and automatic transmission shifts smooth. %2A%2A 4x4 operates perfectly in high and low gears w/ LOCKING DIFFERENTIAL%2521%2521 %2A%2A This Jeep is ready for any inclement weather. %2A%2A NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY A 4x4. In a few months,�_< prices will be significantly higher with increased demand heading into winter. %2A%2A SPORT model w/ two-tone alloy wheels,�_< SUNROOF,�_< full-power interior,�_< in-dash CD player. %2A%2A All power equipment functions properly and audio sounds great. %2A%2A Alloy wheels are wrapped in 4 MATCHING GOODYEAR tires and really complete the look of the Jeep. %2A%2A SUPER CLEAN UNDERCARRIAGE%2521%2521 %2A%2A With only 62k miles and having been so well-maintained,�_< the Jeep is going to last the next owner a very long time. %2A%2A KEY-LESS ENTRY REMOTE works properly. %2A%2A INSPECTED%2521%2521 %2A%2A The Liberty just passed MARYLAND STATE INSPECTION and is ready to go%2521%2521 %2A%2A TEXT us 24/7 at 443-813-2939 or give us a call at 410-676-0101 with any questions or to schedule a time to come and test drive the vehicle. We are open Mon-Fri 10-7 and Sat 10-5. Give us a call at 410-676-0101. We are a family run business serving the Maryland area for over 30 years. Thanks Power Sunroof|Premium Sound Group|Popular Equipment Group|Selec-Trac 2 Active Full Time 4WD|Speed Control|Power 6-way Driver Seat|Towing And Hauling Cargo Tie Downs|Cargo Area Light|Floor Mat Material Carpet|Floor Material Carpet|Floor Mats Front|Reading Lights Front|Rear Floor Mats|Front Suspension Classification%3A Independent|Suspension Front Arm Type%3A Upper And Lower Control Arms|Suspension Front Shock Type%3A Gas Shock Absorbers|Suspension Front Spring Type%3A Coil Springs|Suspension Rear Coil Springs|Suspension Rear Gas Shock Absorbers|Suspension Stabilizer Bar%28s%29%3A Front|Suspension Stabilizer Bar%28s%29%3A Rear|Drivetrain Oil Cooler%3A Auxiliary|Engine Alternator%3A 160 Amps|Doors Liftgate Window%3A Manual Flip-Up|Doors Rear Door Type%3A Side-Hinged|2-stage Unlocking|ABS Brakes %284-Wheel%29|Air Conditioning - Front|Air Conditioning - Front - Single Zone|Airbags - Front - Dual|Airbags - Front - Side Curtain|Airbags - Passenger - Occupant Sensing Deactivation|Audio - Antenna%3A Mast|Audio - Radio%3A AM/FM|Audio In-Dash CD%3A Single Disc|Audio System 4 Speakers|Audio System 66 Watts|Auto-Lock|Braking Assist|Braking assist hill start assist|Cargo Area 12V Power Outlet|Center Console Front Console With Storage|Drivetrain 4WD Type%3A Part Time|Drivetrain Transfer Case%3A Manual Hi-Lo Gear Selection|Electronic Brakeforce Distribution|Exterior Mirrors Power|Front 12V Power Outlet%28s%29|Front Brakes Ventilated Disc|Headlights Auto Delay Off|Multi-function Remote Keyless Entry|One-Touch Windows%3A 1|Power Steering|Power Windows|Rear Brakes Disc|Retained Accessory Power|Rolling Code Security Key|Seatbelts Rear Center Seatbelt%3A 3-Point|Seatbelts Seatbelt Pretensioners%3A Driver Only|Security Engine Immobilizer|Stability Control|Steering Wheel Tilt-Adjustable|Storage Cargo Net|Storage Door Pockets|Storage Grocery Bag Holder|Tachometer|Traction Control|Vanity Mirrors Dual Illuminating|Warnings And Reminders Low Fuel Level|Windows Front Wipers%3A Intermittent|Windows Rear Defogger|Windows Rear Wiper|Spare Tire Outside Mount Location|Spare Tire Temporary Size|Spare Wheel Steel Rim Type|Child Safety Locks|Child Seat Anchors|Adjustable Rear Headrests|Front Headrests Adjustable|Front Headrests Integrated|Number Of Front Headrests 2|Number Of Rear Headrests 2|Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments|Rear Seats Reclining|Rear Seats Split Folding|Rear Seats Split-bench|Seats Cloth Upholstery|Seats Front Seat Type%3A Bucket
Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
119,635 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
List$7,899
Est.Loan: $162/mo
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
170,341 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
(2)
Thompson Toyota
67.8 mi away
List$7,229
Est.Loan: $148/mo
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Limited Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 4A)
121,042 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Limited Edition
List$8,495
Est.Loan: $174/mo
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Limited Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 4A)
87,375 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Limited Edition
CarMax
87.2 mi away
List$13,998
Est.Loan: $286/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in PA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $118 Document Preparation Charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.
Jeep Liberty 2008 Limited Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 4A)
93,746 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Limited Edition
List$9,911
Est.Loan: $203/mo
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
105,124 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
(2)
Faulkner Honda
90.9 mi away
List$7,800
Est.Loan: $160/mo
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Dealer Notes
Red Rock Crystal Pearl, 3.7L, automatic, 4x4, Alloy Wheels, CD Player, Satellite Radio, Tow Hitch, POPULAR EQUIPMENT GROUP, TRAILER TOW CLASS III GROUP, 3.7L V6 ENGINE, 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, Non-Smoker vehicle. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFOEXCELLENT SAFETY FOR YOUR FAMILY: Child Safety Locks, Electronic Stability Control, Brake Assist, 4-Wheel ABS, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes Safety equipment includes Child Safety LocksKEY FEATURES INCLUDE: Satellite Radio, CD Player. MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Bucket Seats.OPTION PACKAGES: POPULAR EQUIPMENT GROUP 115-volt auxiliary pwr outlet, cargo compartment cover, deep tint sunscreen glass, fog lamps, front passenger fold-flat-forward seat, speed control, temperature gauge, compass, P225/75R16 OWL all-season tires, roof side rails, 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, TRAILER TOW CLASS III GROUP 7-pin wiring harness, 7 to 4-pin wiring adaptor, full-size spare tire w/matching wheel, class III hitch receiver, trailer sway damping *w/DGV Auto Trans HD engine cooling, pwr steering cooler*, 3.7L V6 ENGINE (STD). Jeep Sport with Red Rock Crystal Pearl exterior and Pastel Slate Gray interior features a V6 Cylinder Engine with 210 HP at 5200 RPM*. Non-Smoker vehicle.EXPERTS RAVE: Edmunds.com explains Jeep Liberty is bigger than before and has more premium features and substantially improved on-road ride and handling.. Pricing analysis performed on 8/17/2018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.
Jeep Liberty 2008 Limited Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 4A)
153,650 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Limited Edition
List$9,995
Est.Loan: $204/mo
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
80,300 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
Auto Member
6.3 mi away
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Jeep Liberty 2008 Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
99,228 miles
Used 2008
Jeep Liberty
Sport
M&M Auto
48.3 mi away
ListNot Listed
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Dealer Notes
Here at M & M Auto , customer satisfaction is our guarantee! This 2008 Jeep Liberty Sport is the vehicle for you! See all of the equipment and features! Stay safe with Curtain Airbags! Listen to your personalized playlist from your smartphone or MP3 player with this vehicle's auxilliary port! Keep your devices charged with a USB Port! Fit your family and friends in the same vehicle with the 3 Passenger Rear Seat! Anti-Lock Braking System ensures a smooth stop.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The redesigned 2008 Jeep Liberty is bigger than before and has more premium features and substantially improved on-road ride and handling. Urban- and comfort-oriented buyers will still likely find the Liberty's competition superior in terms of everyday drivability and refinement, however.

vehicle overview

The Jeep Liberty first debuted six years ago as the slightly larger successor to Jeep's original Cherokee compact sport-utility vehicle. With an ample greenhouse, high roof line and flared wheel arches, it was an evolutionary departure from that earlier SUV's boxy design, which also paid tribute to the original Jeep Willys off-roader. Not content to simply look the part like many of its car-based SUV competitors, the Jeep Liberty was also designed to venture off road confidently with extreme approach and departure angles, impressive suspension articulation and thoroughly capable 4WD systems.

However potentially useful that off-road ability was, though, we generally found the first-generation Liberty outclassed (particularly in later years) in terms of comfort, on-road handling and refinement. The 2008 Jeep Liberty has been redesigned in hopes of addressing those shortcomings while adding a more rugged image many Jeep enthusiasts thought the previous Liberty lacked. Underneath new sheet metal -- it bears significant resemblance to Jeep's large Commander -- is the same updated platform that's also used for the Dodge Nitro. This platform's updated independent front/five-link rear suspension and power rack-and-pinion steering system help to improve on-road ride and handling.

A nearly 2-inch-longer wheelbase translates into improved interior roominess and seating comfort. There are also additional premium features like rain-sensing wipers, express up/down front windows, remote starting, driver memory positioning and a hard-drive-based navigation system. Versatility is enhanced with a new rear hatch with separate lift glass and an underbody spare tire carrier instead of the previous tailgate-mounted wheel. Also making its debut is an optional new Sky Slider full-length canvas roof that slides open to give the Liberty an airy, Wrangler-like experience.

Jeep fans don't have to worry that the Liberty has gone completely soft. (That's what the Compass is for, after all.) The Liberty still has a solid rear axle and two available "Trail Rated" 4WD systems -- Command-Trac and the updated Selec-Trac II -- as well as hill-descent and hill-start assist technologies. Carrying over from last year is the Liberty's 3.7-liter V6. It's again rated at 210 horsepower, though fuel economy has been improved slightly.

We think the 2008 Jeep Liberty is still a good choice for people planning on using their small or midsize SUV for towing or occasional recreational use. Its low price and simplified trim level structure could also be draws. However, for true off-road ability, the Hummer H3, Nissan Xterra and Toyota FJ Cruiser (not to mention Jeep's own Wrangler Unlimited) are vastly superior. And despite its latest significant refinements and improved on-road manners, the Liberty simply isn't the best choice for consumers who aren't planning on venturing off pavement. For this latter group, we recommend taking a look at models such as the Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander and Toyota RAV4.

trim levels & features

The 2008 Jeep Liberty is a midsize SUV available in Sport and Limited trim levels and with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive. The base Sport model features 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories and a CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. The upscale Liberty Limited Edition rolls with larger 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a power driver seat, heated side mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a high-power Infinity sound system with satellite radio. Many of the Limited's features are also available on the Sport. Major options include 18-inch chrome wheels, the Sky Slider cloth roof or a traditional sunroof, automatic temperature control, heated leather seats, a power passenger seat, an in-dash six-CD stereo, a MyGIG infotainment system with navigation, rear parking assist and Bluetooth.

performance & mpg

Two-wheel drive or one of two different four-wheel-drive systems -- standard part-time Command-Trac or available full-time Selec-Trac -- are offered on both trim levels. All Jeep Liberty models are powered by a 3.7-liter V6 rated at 210 hp and 235 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional on the Sport trim level, while the automatic comes standard on the Limited. A properly equipped Jeep Liberty can tow up to 5,000 pounds, among the best in its class. Engine refinements have translated into slightly improved (though still unimpressive) fuel economy this year; EPA estimates are 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for two-wheel-drive models and 4WD variants with the manual gearbox, while automatic-equipped 4WD models rate a slightly lower 15 mpg/city and 21 mpg/highway.

safety

Antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, electronic roll mitigation and side curtain airbags are all standard on the 2008 Jeep Liberty. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Liberty a perfect five-star rating in both front- and side-impact crashworthiness. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2008 Liberty its highest rating of "Good" for frontal offset impacts, up from "Marginal" for 2002-'07 models. However, it deemed the Liberty only "Marginal" (second lowest) in side-impact crash-testing.

driving

The new 2008 Jeep Liberty exhibits improved on-road manners thanks to a much-needed suspension overhaul, including retuned springs, shocks and rack-and-pinion steering. The revised chassis, together with a longer and wider stance, contributes to greater stability through fast turns and quick transitions, though there's still a modest amount of body roll and harshness to contend with. Like other Jeeps, the Liberty receives top marks for its off-road prowess, and its long suspension travel helps to tame larger bumps on paved roads, too. The Liberty's unspectacular acceleration with the carryover V6 would be tolerable if it achieved good fuel mileage, but it doesn't -- quite the opposite, really. Also, during night driving we found that the headlights were insufficient and inconsistent in their coverage.

interior

The redesigned five-passenger Jeep Liberty features a 2-inch-longer wheelbase and slightly wider dimensions, which translates into more front shoulder room, more rear legroom and increased cargo capacity compared to the previous Liberty. The interior has also sobered up. In place of the collection of design-y circles that made the old interior resemble a toy is a theme of straight lines and flat surfaces. It is similar to -- surprise -- the Dodge Nitro. And in response to what Jeep claims has been a chorus of complaints from owners, the power window switches have been moved to the door panels from the center console.

For maximum versatility, a fold-flat front passenger seat is available on Sport models and standard on the Limited. Luggage capacity checks in at 31.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up; cargo space is 64.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Jeep Liberty.

Am I the only one?? 2008 Liberty Sport 4x4
jrramzak, 8/21/2012
I bought my 2008 Jeep Liberty Sport brand new. As my first big purchase as an adult all on my own, I could not have been more excited about this vehicle. However, in the 4 years I have owned it, I have realized that this was the worst mistake of my life. At first, it was the four wheel drive that took a crap, and having never had a chance to use the four wheel drive yet, i was surprised. Then came the Sky Slider leak, and the interior light leak, followed by all four tires dry rotting out causing me to blow a tire while driving. Yet the tires still had at minimum 40% tread left. Then heater core died followed by the blower motor, then we had to replace a computer chip that was causing my
Sky Slider Wind Noise FIXED
Bigger in Texas, 4/30/2009
Ladies & Gentleman: Alas, I finally had the Sky Slider Wind Noise FIXED on my 2008 Jeep Liberty Limited! I was paranoid about a mechanic touching my roof and making it worse. Since the date I purchased the vehicle in August 2008, I had extreme wind noise and the roof would "puff up" 1/2" -1" in the interior after I reached 65 mph. The noise was completely unbearable when I drove into a 10-15 mph headwind, it was impossible to carry on a conversation, and very difficult to hear the radio. Today, I took my Jeep to Ancira Jeep on I-10 West. Jaye Patton was extremely helpful at the front desk, and the service tech did a marvelous job! I took my Jeep up to 85 mph on the Interstate
I love my Jeep but there are a few character flaws
drivenlp, 8/20/2012
I actually built my Liberty up with a 3 inch lift kit, skid plates etc. and I believe it improved the exterior stance of the vehicle. Jeeps can get through anything (with the right tires, I highly recommend the BFGoodrich All Terrains) The interior is comfortable and there is A LOT of neat storage spaces, fold flat seats including the passenger seat. I have not had one mechanical problem. Very tight turning radius. What I dont like: I bought the skyslider and it is awesome for going to the beach etc, but it leaks water into my headliner which is now stained and starting to smell. Also this causes quite a bit of wind noise. I believe they fixed in 2009 a bit.
Solid as a rock
E.Roberts, 2/6/2016
I would like to say that we have owned our jeep for six years. We bought it with only 30,000 miles and it now has 112,000. We had to replace the heater core about 8 months ago, but this is about it. My wife travels a lot, and has not had any issues at all. This vehicle, has been a great purchase for us. I will say that the interior colors aren't the greatest because the seats are stained and will not come out. Other than that, no problems.
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Features & Specs

MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
210 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
210 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Marginal
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Marginal

More about the 2008 Jeep Liberty
More About This Model

You might think that the 2008 Jeep Liberty midsize SUV is just a Dodge Nitro wearing a Jeep Commander mask.

We wouldn't disagree exactly. We might note that the Jeep is offered with a low-range four-wheel-drive transfer case and the Nitro isn't. The Jeep is available with a very large hole in its roof with a retractable fabric cover, and this homage to the Renault Le Car is not available for any price on the Dodge. And the new Liberty is offered only with the 210-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, while the Nitro is offered with the same motor or a more powerful V6.

Some people grab life by the horns, you see. And others, well, they just like to have fun out there.

Man Up!
It might sound as if we're knocking the 2008 Jeep Liberty for getting the ol' Nitro injection. We're not, really. The original Liberty with its vulnerable-looking big peepers needed to butch up a bit. Jeep says that 60 percent of the buyers of the first-generation Liberty were women. Now Jeep says it expects buyers will be split evenly between men and women and that hermaphrodites won't account for a measurable segment of buyers.

You'll have noticed that the Liberty is now a simpler box than it once was. All the bulbous or rounded features have been shaved and then all the edges have been chamfered off. This is to impart a look of honest capability or legendary Jeep cues or some such thing. The Liberty is now a more handsome, if less distinctive, thing than the outgoing model. And it is anything but cute.

You won't see unpainted gray-plastic fenders and bumper covers on the '08 model, not even on the entry-level Sport version. With two new cheap little brothers — the Compass and the Patriot — the Liberty gets a slight bump up the marketing scale to a more prestigious neighborhood.

No More Funny Business
Of more pressing concern to Jeep than aesthetics, however, has been an improvement in the Liberty's stability on the road. After a report came in from an enthusiast magazine about a rollover of the former model during testing, Jeep made some modifications to the Liberty's suspension. The improvement garnered the Liberty an additional star in the government's rollover rating (from a miserable two stars for 2WD models to a decent three stars).

We anticipate the '08 Liberty will do at least as well now that Jeep has widened the new SUV's track by an inch up front and slightly more than an inch in back. At the same time, the new Liberty is about an inch shorter in height than last year's version. Further, the new Jeep has an electronic stability control system with roll mitigation, something not available for any price on the old Liberty.

Compared to the outgoing Liberty, the '08 model has a wheelbase that's nearly 2 inches longer. (When was the last time a new version of an existing model got smaller, maybe like the 1970s?) All of that extra length has been given over to the rear-seat passengers, who badly needed it. The legroom is still tight — an average-height man sitting behind us had to splay his legs to either side of our seatback — but being forced to sit in the back of a Liberty no longer violates the Geneva Conventions. And while the load height of the cargo floor is a distressing 3 inches higher than the old version, the length of the cargo area has been extended by 3 inches.

The interior has also sobered up. In place of the collection of design-y circles that made the old interior look something like a toy is a theme of straight lines and flat surfaces. It is similar to — surprise — the Dodge Nitro. And in response to what Jeep claims has been a chorus of complaints from owners, the power window switches have been moved to the door panels from the center console.

Train
There's a reason that we have waited until now to mention the Liberty's new powertrain. This is because it is essentially identical to the old Liberty's powertrain. Same 3.7-liter V6 making the same 210 hp and 235 pound-feet of torque. It's connected to the same six-speed manual or four-speed automatic, and even the gear ratios are the same.

Nevertheless, Jeep has managed to increase the V6's compression ratio without forcing the use of premium fuel, and the result is a slight improvement in fuel economy. The EPA numbers look essentially the same — 16 mpg city/22 highway. But given the tougher testing procedures the EPA uses for 2008 ratings, this represents a slight real-world improvement, as well as something the Liberty needs to stay competitive in its class of carlike crossovers.

The V6 engine is torquey enough to live up to its Jeep heritage, we suppose, but the progress of the Liberty (4,030 pounds in 2WD, 4,222 pounds in 4WD) is best described as deliberate. The automatic's shifts are a bit clunky. Simply put, there are far better powertrains out there.

Rocks and Rolls
The Liberty comes in either Sport or Limited guise, and the base models are rear-wheel drive. There are two four-wheel-drive systems offered: the Selec-Trac II full-time automatic system and the Command-Trac part-time arrangement. Either system is available on either trim level. Unless you're pinching every penny, we say get the full-time system since it will give you the best arrangement in inclement weather and still offers a low range should you want to put a few scratches in your new truck by driving around where there are no roads.

We have to let you know that the Liberty isn't quite as agile when it's off-road, although maybe not by much. The longer wheelbase plays a role here, but more importantly, the Liberty abandons its Jeep heritage by relocating the spare tire from its traditional mounting on the hatch (easily accessible for tire swaps on the trail) to a new home under the rear portion of the platform (making the cargo area easily accessible), thereby compromising its departure angle over obstacles.

The 2008 Jeep Liberty is still capable when the road ends and it certainly outdoes the competition in this respect. We're actually more impressed that its on-road handling has improved. A new five-link rear axle and new wishbone-type independent front suspension certainly do improve both ride and handling. The 2008 Liberty doesn't feel as tippy or truculent as the old model. Despite these improvements, the new small Jeep is still a truck at heart, and it's well behind its car-based competitors when it comes to ride quality, body control, steering action and general responsiveness.

Oh, Those Guys
Some will choose to see the 2008 Liberty's personality as evidence of being faithful to Jeep's off-road heritage. But with a raft of largely car-based competitors — and seemingly more arriving every day from all corners of the world — the Liberty has its work cut out for it. Heck, with its similarities to the Nitro and with a number of crossovers and wagons from the Chrysler brands, the Liberty will have enough competition just from its own corporate stablemates.

At least this Jeep is very competitive on the cost side. A 4x2 Liberty Sport starts at $20,990, while the part-time four-wheel-drive Command-Trac version will add $1,610 to the bottom line. The better-equipped Limited starts at $25,175 for a 4x2, and the Limited with Command-Trac four-wheel drive is $26,785. No price has yet been announced for the full-time four-wheel-drive system. But the power-retractable canvas roof is $1,200.

With the 2008 Jeep Liberty, most of the glaring failings of the outgoing model have been addressed, but we're not sure that the combination of these improvements and aggressive pricing is enough in this market anymore.

Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.

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