The 2002 Jeep Liberty compact SUV model with a silver/gray color option
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The Jeep Liberty was a compact SUV model produced and sold by the Jeep division of Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)). During its time on the market, the Jeep Liberty was priced and sized between the two-door Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Cherokee midsize SUV.

In reality, the Jeep Liberty is the third and fourth generation of the Jeep Cherokee model (2002-2012 model years), which was renamed during its production run in the North American markets. With the fifth generation of the Cherokee starting in 2013, the original nameplate returned, and the Liberty nameplate was retired.

Seeing as the Jeep Liberty is the Jeep Cherokee in all but name, its shares the same industry rivals as the Cherokee model. Those include the Chevy Equinox, the Ford Escape, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Subaru Forester and Outback, and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

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  • 2012 Jeep Liberty (Starting MSRP $25,395)
  • Pros: The Jeep Liberty compact SUV provides excellent off-road performance paired with a respectable towing capacity for its time.
  • Cons: The Liberty is unfortunately paired with an underpowered V6 engine that still provides tepid fuel economy ratings in addition to poor handling and mediocre interior materials.
  • See Also: Commander and Patriot

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