By on September 26, 2007

2008liberty1.jpgBuyers of the first generation KJ Liberty fell into two camps: those who appreciated the trucklet for its off-road, severe weather and towing capabilities; and those who thought it was adorable. Let’s face it: the oh-isn’t-it-darling? brigade made the Liberty a star; they drew it to their collective bosom like a Hollywood starlet clutching the only real friend she ever had (a Chihuahua). The Liberty became one of America’s hottest selling mini-SUVs. As fashion dictates, those days are gone. Upon the redesigned Liberty, dubbed the KK, Chrysler’s cute ute comeback hopes reside. But this time its neither fish nor foul.

The new Liberty's reworked front-end reflects the Jeep engineers' aesthetic angst. The YJ model Wranglers were roundly criticized for square headlights. So Jeep fitted a round peg into a squared-off hole. It's not a terrible solution– until you consider the Liberty's 70'-style bumper treatment. Although removable for off-road work, the bulbous bumper gives the vehicle a silly-ass milk mustache (at least in white).  

2008liberty4.jpgOtherwise, the Liberty’s sheetmetal offers an ironic return to unrelenting angularity (the curvaceous last gen Liberty replaced the sharp-edged Cherokee). Like its Dodge platform partner, the new Liberty boasts clean, Range Rover-esque creases. Still, denied the Nitro's more aggressive blingery, the result is deeply, profoundly generic. Nine vehicles, one look; not good. 

The KK is 2.2-inches longer and .6-inches wider than before, transforming the Liberty into a Commander mini-me. [NB: that’s not a compliment.] Despite blessing the rear seats with an additional 1.5” leg room, ingressing and egressing passengers must still perform a Beatles tribute (twist and shout). And according to Jeep’s published specs, the KK's cargo capacity is 4.8-cu.ft. smaller than the outgoing model's.

interior.jpgNothing says cost-cutting construction quite like hard, cheap plastic– and this sucker brought a megaphone. The Liberty’s dash could be scrubbed with a wire brush without offense. On the plus side, Liberty soldiers on with an excellent sound system, the window controls are back where God intended (on the doors) and sun and wind worshipers will love the [optional] Sky Slider Roof.

The “all new” Liberty contains the same thirsty but dependable 3.7-liter V6 that's graced every non-four cylinder Liberty since its 2001 debut. Ye Olde SOHC is to its competitors’ powerplants what wool is to cashmere. Luckily, the configuration's abundant torque (235 ft.-lbs. @ 4000 rpm) eliminates the need to constantly prove the point. The six' workman-like manners also ensure that the trucklet will not shy away from DIY or the great outdoors (tow rating: 5000 lbs.).

jp008_038lb.jpgIn 2003, rollover lawsuits were all the rage. Jeep responded by chopping the Liberty’s ground clearance by an inch and stiffening the suspension. The resulting ride quality made an arthritic camel seem like a more comfortable option, especially at walking speeds. Hit a bump at 10mph in the old Liberty and rear seat passengers launched heavenwards. On the positive side, the old Liberty cornered with surprising poise for a porky truck standing nearly six-feet tall.

This stiff-legged problem has been well and truly sorted. The new Liberty’s independent front suspension (upper and lower “A” arms, coil springs, low-pressure gas shocks, stabilizer bar) and five-link rear (live axle, upper and lower trailing arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar, low-pressure gas shocks) make it float over broken surfaces with all the aplomb of Luke Skywalker’s speeder. If you’re looking for a Jeep that feels nothing like a Jeep, this is the non-Jeep Jeep to have. And yet…

jp008_034lb.jpgJeep's engineers sacrificed driver control. The Liberty’s over-boosted rack and pinion steering lacks any on-center feel; it tracks back and forth on the highway like an OCD bloodhound. You’d have to pay a professional boxer millions to take the kind of dive the Liberty executes when you stomp on the brakes. And any abrupt handling maneuver is followed by rebounding tremors. The Liberty’s sloppy handling dynamics are only bested (or should I say worsted) by the dreadful Chevy Trailblazer.

I've got one thing to say about the Liberty's off-road prowess: Wrangler. There's no question that the Liberty's trick Hill Descent Control (look Ma, no feet!) and Brake Assist (we don't need no stinking locking differential) git 'er done, leaving "real" cute utes mired in the mud or scrabbling for purchase. But anyone with serious off-road aspirations would be nuts not to stump up the extra $4k or so for the phenomenally capable, visually similar four-door Wrangler. Must choose: magic carpet ride or off-road acumen. 

2008liberty3.jpgAye, there's the rub. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of a genuine 4X4, or take comfort in a sea of cute utes, and by opposing them, make a lifestyle statement. Actually, chances are the cute uters won't bite. So who will prize Liberty above all? Hey, don't look at me.

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47 Comments on “Jeep Liberty Review...”


  • avatar
    JJ

    I guess this is called Cherokee in Europe…And by that I mean without the “Grand” in front of Cherokee.

    Anyway…still those same bad Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep plastics, it’s getting old, but they must be very, very cheap seeing that Chrysler can still afford to put them in every car they sell, including even the Grand Cherokee.

    In a Wrangler…maybe. In anything else, NO.

  • avatar
    doktorno

    Hey Jeep, next time you try a turbo diesel how about a MANUAL transmission.

    Reminds me of my old Cherokee. Of course those old hard plastics survived the time well.

  • avatar
    dword

    Ah, come on guys…..I think you are a little hard on the LIB…..I have a 2007, 2WD Limited, and I just love it. It is my first Jeep, after several other SUVs, and in 18K miles, the quality has been Lexus-grade. Sure, the ride is bouncy, and the tranny holds 3rd Gear a little too long when you kick down, but beyond those points, she is really an endearing vehicle. I think that is why Jeep owners are such a loyal bunch. She is like your funny cousin; the one with the quirky smile. If the new 2008 has the same quality as my 2007, I will be the first to buy one……Especially if Jeep lays on the heavy rebates……

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    This is a vehicle Jeep could do without now, especially with the addition of a 4-door Wrangler. Unless I’m missing something about the dimensions of either vehicle, one is going to end up cannabalizing the sales of the other.

  • avatar

    When I first saw the design, I was relieved as I was so embarrassed that my beloved Cherokee had been neutered and turned into a cabbage-patch-kid cutie-poo Liberty. I still admire the compactness and athleticism of my 7 year old Cherokee, what a great little car…

    Anyway, this thing looks too much like the Nitro, which is an embarrassment to the Chrysler brand. I’m glad to hear it is capable off-road, but the designers overdid the angularity and mansomness – this new Liberty is too WWE for my tastes. Still not a match for my beloved Cherokee, although it probably isn’t as noisy on the road.

    P.S. I think TTAC is pulling a Bangle, all the cars reviewed and pictured on the front page are white white white…

  • avatar
    fallout11

    Speaking of Bangle, I love the “Axles of White Power” caption on the first picture, btw.

  • avatar
    Matthew Danda

    Aye, there’s the rub. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of a genuine 4X4, or take comfort in a sea of cute utes, and by opposing them, make a lifestyle statement.

    To die, to sleep…perchance to dream. For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come when we’ve shuffled off the bloated product line. Must give us pause, for there’s the respect that makes calamity of such long life.

  • avatar
    Steve_K

    The Liberty. Let me begin by stating that ours is currently for sale on Ebay, so the timing of this review is impeccable. The water pump just went bad but overall it’s been dependable. I only regret it took 120k miles to break and piss my wife off enough to let me sell it. My SHORT list of complaints are, noisy, bouncy, uncomfortable, poor road holding on anything but dry pavement. Don’t get me started on the trans shift logic, non-platinum plugs, placement of the power window controls, etc. etc.

    By removing the cuteness the Liberty has lost it’s only redeeming quality.

  • avatar
    N85523

    I don’t hold much hope for this model becoming one of Jeep’s legendary products years down the road. The original Liberty will be worth mentioning, but this will probably just be a forgettable bump in the road.

    JP magazine runs a monthly column called “Jeep Autopsy” where they dissect dead Jeep models. It’s always quite interesting. A month or two ago, perhaps in response to the sorry way Jeep seems to be going, they did an autopsy on the Commander. I wonder if the KK will be far behind…

  • avatar
    carguy

    I fail to grasp which market segment this vehicle is aimed at. For dirt lovers there is the seriously cool four door Wrangler and for those seeking suburban cute-utes there are way better and more economical car based choices from other brands. It looks like the Liberty is stuck somewhere in the middle – too thirsty, minimalist and ride compromised for an urban run about and completely outdone by the four door Wrangler as an off-road machine.

  • avatar
    Jonathon

    What happened? The Liberty didn’t match the new line-up well enough, so they beat it with the ugly stick a few times? I don’t know what’s happened to Chrysler lately, but it seems like nowadays every model they introduce is uglier than the last.

  • avatar

    Mr. Montgomery has read his articles, but he definitely is not a Jeep enthusiest. He does not understand that the Liberty needed to be enlarged to create the perfect sized Jeep for the mid-size market. It looks like a Jeep! The old Liberty didn't and drove off many of the male segment, thank goodness women fell in love with it! The Jeep Liberty is extreemly capable. I believe the women that have a Liberty now will LOVE the 2008 version. 

  • avatar
    Sajeev Mehta

    Mr. Montgomery has read his articles, but he definitely is not a Jeep enthusiest.

    Oh how I love it when people assume stuff about TTAC writers. Like when people told me I don’t know squat about Mustangs, when in fact I own three.

    But I’ll let Bill tell you how much of a Jeep fan he is.

  • avatar
    William C Montgomery

    chryslercraig: Mr. Montgomery… he definitely is not a Jeep enthusiast.

    Oh, I am big Jeep enthusiast. My interest is that Jeep makes the greatest products. You sir, are a salesman who wants to make money by closing as many deals as possible.

    It is my job to praise Jeep when they do well (e.g. my review of the ’07 Wrangler Unlimited) and expose them when they botch things up. Hopefully my critiques will spur Jeep into making better products in addition to informing consumers. Your job is to get people to buy even if personally you think the car you’re selling is crap.

    Our motivations are fundamentally at odds although I suspect that we ultimately both want the best for the brand.

  • avatar
    William C Montgomery

    doctorno: Hey Jeep, next time you try a turbo diesel

    Currently Jeep does not offer a diesel engine for the U.S. market. However, the Jeep Liberty owner’s web site is buzzing with an unconfirmed rumor that Cummins is developing a 2.8L I4 turbo diesel for the Liberty. If true, hopefully we’ll see a Liberty CRD in American showrooms within a couple of years.

  • avatar
    lewissalem

    “Aye, there’s the rub. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of a genuine 4X4, or take comfort in a sea of cute utes, and by opposing them, make a lifestyle statement.”

    For Jeep would bear the whips and scorns of time,
    The management’s wrong, the union man’s contumely,
    The pangs of despised design, the product’s delay,
    The insolence of office and the spurns
    That patient merit of the unworthy plastics,
    When he himself might his quietus make
    With a bare dashboard?

  • avatar
    BobJava

    I might be in the minority, but I happen to think the Nitro looks good (not great, but a solid good). In terms of aesthetics, it always made me wonder why it wasn’t a Jeep.

    So Jeep finally gets what should have been a Jeep and somehow makes it look like a cheap Chinese knockoff of the Nitro.

    I understand why they made it bigger than the old Liberty: they have a pair of delicious, smaller fake utes, the Compass (for women with vision issues) and the Patriot (for … uh … let’s move on). Of course, those vehicles carry the same appeal as a geriatric strip club to frat guys. Oops!

  • avatar
    morbo

    I forgot which site I first read it on, but I still like the “Lieutenant Commander” name for this truck-ute-thing.

  • avatar
    68stang

    Is it just me or have car companies forgotten how to design headlights? Jeep has way to much overlap. I don’t know about the cargo/offroad capabilities of the Patriot, but I don’t see much difference between the two. I’ve spent many hours in and underneath an 88 and a 97 Cherokee on and off road. Why couldn’t Chrysler just have continued that model with some mild styling tweaks and focus of better fuel economy?

  • avatar
    N85523

    William,
    I’m confused about your diesel comment. The CRD Grand Cherokee you reviewed a few months ago is offered in America, is it not?

  • avatar
    Kman

    To Carguy and other arguments about cute-ute vs. Wrangler 4-door.

    I can easily imagine, if the Liberty didn’t exist in the lineup and was just brought out, we might be saying:

    “Finally, something to split the difference between the way-too-truckish and uncomfortable Wrangler, and those soft, on-road cute-utes. Thank you Jeep!”

    That being said, I’m not crazy about this new look. Correction: it’s downright ugly and un-Jeep-like. I happen to be driving a Liberty for a few months (between TSXes — waiting for the ’09), and I find it truckish, though surprisingly stable at high-speed and with — again — surprising handling for a high-truck.

  • avatar
    Mrb00st

    what i don’t understand is: why is the 4 door wrangler, a painfully basic vehicle, 4000 MORE than this?

  • avatar
    confused1096

    Why have this and the Patriot in your line up? Two vehicles that look the same and do the same job.

  • avatar
    KixStart

    Chalk up another vote for “it’s ugly.” The front end looks like underbite that should be corrected. Perhaps other colors look better?

    I also imagine fuel economy will be somewhere between “poor for class” and “disappointing.” I was really surprised at how poor the fuel economy of the earlier Diesel Liberty was reported in tests… seemed like it wasn’t worth doing at all. Friends have a 2-3 year-old Liberty and they’re very unhappy with the mileage (they bought it as their high-mpg car; their other is a Pathfinder).

    What was wrong with the Cherokee that needed fixing? It’s the one Jeep that I might have been able to sell to the spouse – except that all the examples in the parking lot are dissolving into heaps of rust before my eyes.

  • avatar
    Justin Berkowitz

    And yet, for reasons unknown to me, the cloned Dodge Nitro is available with the 255 hp 4.0 liter V6, a far more powerful engine. Perhaps it doesn’t meld with the off-roading gizmos.

  • avatar
    Geotpf

    KixStart: If your friends bought a Jeep Liberty to be thier high mileage car, they are, how do I put this politely, rather stupid. Also, I just looked up the EPA mileage ratings for the Liberty and the Pathfinder-and the combined MPG numbers are identical (2WD, automatic verisons for 2007).

  • avatar
    Jordan Tenenbaum

    Geotpf:

    I think he was referring to the Diesel version.

  • avatar
    levi

    I forgot which site I first read it on, but I still like the “Lieutenant Commander” name for this truck-ute-thing.

    Love it, morbo!

  • avatar
    f8

    Hey, it’s a Nitro! With a Jeep front!

  • avatar
    P.J. McCombs

    “Way to go, Jeep!

    What better way to ‘pep up’ your volume seller than by combining the styling of the Compass and Commander, two of your most well-received vehicles?”

    Could more than one person at Chrysler have actually thought this? I mean, they must have.

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    I’m confused about your diesel comment. The CRD Grand Cherokee you reviewed a few months ago is offered in America, is it not?

    Not anymore. Tightened emissions regulations marked its end.

  • avatar
    William C Montgomery

    N85523: I’m confused about your diesel comment. The CRD Grand Cherokee you reviewed a few months ago is offered in America, is it not?

    Currently Jeep does not offer a diesel engine for the Liberty in the U.S. market.

    The Diesel Grand Cherokee is still out there, but due to the $40K+ price, not many have been sold. As quasimondo indicated, they might not be with us much longer.

  • avatar
    ajla

    The Diesel Grand Cherokee is still out there, but due to the $40K+ price, not many have been sold. As quasimondo indicated, they might not be with us much longer.

    Jeep offers the 42-state Grand Cherokee Diesel on the “Limited” trim level now.

    A 4X2 Limited with the diesel (and no other options) is listed at about $37.3K. So, you can now get the diesel for about $3000 less than last year (when it was only on the Overland). However, $37K is still too expensive for most that would otherwise be interested.

  • avatar

    My wife’s CRD Liberty always racks up 27 MPG. Never better, never worse. Well… we did see 30 MPG once on a long trip on a very hot day in eastern Oregon… just once. For as large and heavy machine as it is, that is not bad fuel economy. But Geotpf is right, this is not a “high mileage” vehicle unless all you are used to are H2′s and Yukon Denalis.

    By complaint about the Liberty (old one) is the front seat, which is only adjustable horizontally in the one my wife bought. The seat is so high off the floor that it makes for a small aperture of entry. I’m not THAT tall (at 5′ 11″) but I have to fold myself and the neck and waist to get into the Liberty, which is really odd in a vehicle this size. I have no such issues in my TDI Jetta. Hell, it is almost easier to get into my vintage E-type Jaguar than the wife’s 5x larger Jeep Liberty! Go figure!?

    I wish it had a stick too, but it isn’t my car so that wasn’t my call.

    –chuck
    http://chuck.goolsbee.org

  • avatar
    LamborghiniZ

    WHYYYYYY does this get 3 stars? This is an ongoing problem here on TTAC. Awful vehicles getting awful reviews can’t seem to get below 3 stars.

  • avatar
    William C Montgomery

    Based on the sloppy handling, sub-par interior, and fuel inefficiency, this truck was headed for a two star rating. Indeed, if I were rating it strictly as a 4×2 road machine, it would get two stars. But the authentic off-road performance capability that the Liberty retains (and its CUV competitors lack) earns the KK an extra star.

    The Overall score is not the result of a mathematical formula – it’s an independent comprehensive assessment – but reason dictates that they should be close unless there are supplementary considerations not reflected by the individual scores. In this case, the overall rating aligns well with the individual scores:
    *Performance: 3/5 stars
    *Ride: 4/5
    *Handling: 1/5
    *Exterior: 3/5
    *Interior: 2/5
    *Fit and Finish: 2/5
    *Toys: 4/5
    *Desirability: 2/5
    ————————-
    *Total: 21/40, therefore Overall = 3/5 stars

  • avatar
    svensk

    This vehicle doesn’t have a purpose to the consumer. It can’t off-road, it can’t haul or pull like a pickup nor does it have power close to one. There would be nothing wrong with it being just a “people mover” like a CUV but it fails at even being that because of the cramped room and driving dynamics. Chrysler sucks…

  • avatar
    LamborghiniZ

    But svensk, using the heralded 5 star rating system it gets a 3 using simple mathematical averages! It should be on everyones buyers lists!

  • avatar

    Dear mr Montgomery, you write:

    “The KK is 2.2-inches longer and .6-inches wider than before…”

    That is wrong.

    It is 2.2 inches longer and .6 inches wider than before.

    HTH!

  • avatar
    elaineen@aol.com

    I am very satisfied with my Jeep Patriot which is the 4×4 trail rated version. It looks like a Jeep. I have no idea what the new Liberty is supposed to resemble. When I visited my local dealership for scheduled maintenance 8 new Patriots had arrived. None were trail rated. Only 10% of the vehicles available were trail rated. The Wranglers were of course the premier off road vehicles. It seems that Jeep is content with selling SUV’s for city use. This tarnishes the outdoor image of the Jeep brand and will backfire. If it is not trail rated it should not be a called a Jeep!

  • avatar
    slipkhand

    If it is not trail rated it should not be a called a Jeep!

    That’s funny cause I think the Patriot should not be called a Jeep.

  • avatar
    VerumEternus

    I have to laugh at some of the ignorant comments here about this Jeep.

    First off, the 2008 Liberty can be had in Trail Rated or non-Trail Rated models depending on what you need and how you equip them. Unlike many of the pretend SUVs out there, Jeep offers a choice of 4wd systems with and without a low range, again depending on your needs/desires. Properly equipped, this can be a true off-road vehicle. This isn’t a Toyota RAV4 or Highlander, nor a Honda CRV or Pilot, this is a REAL SUV.

    Styling is always subjective and this is an either you hate it or love it design. Personally, I think it is reminiscent of the Willy’s Jeep wagons of the ’50s, and that’s a good thing, IMO. Getting the spare tire off the rear door and in a sling under the vehicle was a smart move. The interior doesn’t look any cheaper to me than what Toyota is throwing at us these days and I guarantee it will hold up better over time.

    When people question why Jeep has the Liberty and the Wrangler 4-door, all I have to say is go drive both and you’ll immediately understand why. The Wrangler suspension is stiff and the solid front axle doesn’t help the ride any despite Chrysler’s leading edge design. Having driven a Wrangler Unlimited and a Liberty back to back, I can tell you the Liberty makes a better everyday driver and highway hauler. The Wrangler’s ride would get old quick on long trips. The Liberty is a nice blend of ride and off-road prowess that many other small and mid-size SUVs can’t match. And it will tow up to 2-1/2 tons.

    The Jeep Patriot is also a very different vehicle at a lower price point and aimed at the fuel concious. Unlike the Liberty, the Patriot is based off a car platform like a Honda or Toyota and while Trail Rated versions are available, the Liberty is more capable off-road and has a higher towing capacity. To me, the Patriot (and Compass) are faux SUVs like the other cute utes.

    If you liked the old Cherokees, the Liberty (still sold as the Cherokee in some markets) is the direct replacement. It’s hard to believe the last generation Cherokee went out of produciton in 2001, a full 8 model years ago. They had a good run from 1984 till then so what you see on the road could be going on 25 years old, longer than some manufacturers have been building SUVs. It’s a Jeep thing.

  • avatar

    I don’t know about the cargo/offroad capabilities of the Patriot, but I don’t see much difference between the two.

    That’s funny cause I think the Patriot should not be called a Jeep.

    To me, the Patriot (and Compass) are faux SUVs like the other cute utes.

    Jeep Patriot (not Trail Rated)
    Ground Clearance – Breakover Angle [DEG] 21.3
    Ground Clearance – Departure Angle [DEG] 32.2
    Wheelbase [in] 103.7
    Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb) [ft] – Turning Left [ft] 35.6
    Ground Clearance 8.0
    Ground Clearance – Approach Angle [DEG] 28.1

    Jeep Liberty
    Ground Clearance – Breakover Angle [DEG] 22.6
    Ground Clearance – Departure Angle [DEG] 30.3
    Wheelbase [in] 106.1
    Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb) [ft] – Turning Left [ft] 35.5
    Ground Clearance 8.1
    Ground Clearance – Approach Angle [DEG] 29.0

    From MSN Autos:
    “The Trail Rated Patriot has nine inches of ground clearance, a 29-degree approach angle, a 34-degree departure angle and a 23-degree breakover angle.”

    In most dimensions that matter for off roading, the Trail-Rated Patriot and Liberty are identical. The Patriot is also lighter which would help it out in tough off-road situations. If it does have a weakness, it’s in the engine and CVT, but to say that it’s “just another cute ute” when it’s got low-range gearing, skid plates and nine inches of ground clearance is a bit harsh.

    If anybody reads this, I’d like to know William Montgomery’s take on the Liberty versus the Patriot. Would you say the Liberty is a far better off roader than the Patriot or would you peg them about even? I would call it a draw.

  • avatar

    Ah wait. If you can remove the bumpers on the Liberty, you could improve its off-road ability by increasing approach and departure angles.

    Still doesn’t matter. I’d want the Patriot with Freedom Drive II over the (new, not old) Liberty. My family owned a 1980s Cherokee. The Patriot looks like a Cherokee, the Liberty doesn’t.

    The new styling is rather unfortunate, it looks more campy than Batman. Plus, if you’ve gotta take off the bumpers to go off-road, well, they’re not going to cover slipping on mud and hitting a tree with the headlight in the warranty.

    …Of course, I’ve never gotten a chance to drive either. I just don’t see how the Liberty can overcome some of its shortcomings. Unless it still has the articulation of the old model, that is…

  • avatar
    caroline9

    Never thought of buying jeep until the rebates piled up this weekend. Paid $15,200 for a brand new 2009 4×2 Sport. Didn’t even qualify for the farmer or miliary rebates otherwise it would have been $13XXX. Also got the 7/70 extended warranty (which I used to dismiss out of hand) for only $900.

    Even if this is only a mediocre car (but I’m thinking my familty will lovwe it), i got a good deal.

  • avatar
    xpistols

    Realize most are commenting on older models, but we just bought a 2010 Liberty 4×4 trail rated and LOVE it.  If you are looking for something you can call an SUV but is really a family car, go with a Chevy Equinox, Ford Escape or something similar.  This is a REAL SUV.  Mileage isn’t great (buy a Civic), but this is every bit a JEEP.  Although it will be awhile before I convince my wife to fully explore what “Trail Rated” means, I have driven it through heavy rain and snow and it handled great in 2WD and really great in 4WD.  Plus it tows 5,000 lbs while most of the fakers in the class pull 3,500 tops.  The extra room in the rear is a big plus.  This was our first Jeep, but we will always have one from here on out.  Yeah, the rebates were great too, and we wound up with much more SUV for less.

  • avatar
    AJ

    I love driving my wife’s ’04 KJ Limited. It’s Selec-Trac transfer case with full-time, part-time and four-low make it awesome for rough weather conditions or just off the beaten path. I’ve driven across the country several times in December with it (which once included towing a U-haul trailer over the Rockies and across five states) and it sticks to ice covered roads like glue. It’s also been so reliable and well built that even after seven years I’m not about to sell it or trade it in. It’s just a great all-around family Jeep.
    With that being said, would I buy a KK if our KJ was totaled? If I was looking to spend the same amount of money I would. It fit our needs perfectly for a small to mid-size SUV, and I’m sure a KK would do the same.


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