Jeeps have long had a cult like following in America. A following that says we "can't understand" unless we are a part of it. So today I took the opportunity to drive the 2012 Jeep Liberty Sport 4X4. As always the Jeep suv's have the boxy Jeep look with a dominant and historically bold grill gracing the front. The style is not my personal favorite, but for some there is no better looking suv on the road. The one I'll drive today is dressed in a marron metallic and looks just as classy as it does ruggedly stylish. This Liberty will fit in at the Country Club or the local P.T.A. meeting. I approach with my normal test drive anticipation, and I'm headed a minimum of 25 miles today. Some highway miles and some back roads. Today's adventure won't have an offroad theme, which is disapointing, but every Jeep I have ever driven off road has performed with unmatched and unparalled capabilities. That being said this one will probably go anywhere you want to take it. Once inside the Jeep, I start to get comfortable. I adjust the mirrors, seat, program my favorite local radio channels, and fire it up. It's not a loud engine at all, but there is a Jeepish sound that is noticeable in the cabin. The seats feel good, but they are sturdy, and made to withstand the elements, so with that, they aren't comparable to say a Lexus RX350 or Acura MDX, but they aren't supposed to be comparable anyway. The interior has a very common feel to it for me. I take pictures for the dealership, so I get in and out of tons of Jeeps. They all use the same buttons, switches, radios, etc. We sell tons of Jeeps. Jeeps have a huge following, and I am starting to understand why. The ride wasn't smooth by any means, but it isn't supposed to be. The sound system was good, the ergonomics were good, and the overall feel is very comfortable. It's a Jeep thing and I'm starting to get it. Jeep customers are paying for what they want and like. It's not supposed to be a Cadillac, it's a Jeep. The power was plentiful and there was always some in reserve. The highway merging was great and pretty fun. These things have some power and the highways were enjoyable. You can pass and merge, and do so with confidence. I didn't really feel much sway in the body on corners or curves, and for an suv it was pretty cool all around. I liked this Jeep. It would fit my lifestyle pretty nicely. I think it would fit most the people I knows lifestyle nicely. They say "It's a Jeep thing you wouldn't understand", but I'm starting to get it:) Well worth a look if your in the midsize SUV market.
Engine & Performance
- Base engine size: 3.7 L
- Cam type: Single overhead cam (SOHC)
- Cylinders: V6
- Valves: 12
- Torque: 235 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
- Horsepower: 210 hp @ 5200 rpm
- Turning circle: 35.5 ft.
- Base engine type: gas
- Drive type: rear wheel drive
- Transmission: 4-speed automatic
- Short and long arm front suspension
- Solid live axle rear suspension
- Front independent suspension
- Front and rear stabilizer bar
- Fuel type: gas
- Fuel type: regular unleaded
- Fuel tank capacity: 19.5 gal.
- Range in miles (cty/hwy): 312.0/429.0 mi.
- EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 16/22 mpg
- Engine Block Heater
- FUEL ECONOMY (CTY/HWY) 16/22 mpg
- CAR TYPE4dr Suv
- TRANSMISSION 4-speed Automatic
- BASIC WARRANTY 3 Yr./ 36000 Mi.
- ENGINE TYPE Gas
- TOTAL SEATING5
- CONSUMER RATINGNot Available