The Jeep Liberty Sport was manufactured from 2002 to 2012 as a replacement for the Jeep Cherokee. After the discontinuation of the Liberty, Jeep released a redesigned Cherokee in 2014. The Jeep Liberty Sport featured a PowerTech engine, rack-and-pinion steering and an independent front suspension.
The first-generation Jeep Liberty was manufactured from 2002 to 2007 with a 2.4-liter straight-four PowerTech engine or an optional 3.7-liter PowerTech V6. The four-cylinder engine produces 150 horsepower, while the larger iron-block, six-cylinder engine produces 210 horsepower. The engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission or an optional six-speed manual transmission. With the PowerTech V6 engine option, the Jeep Liberty has a 5,000-pound towing capacity and achieves 18 mpg on the highway.
This four-wheel drive SUV has a uni-body design and includes traction control, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes with brake assist. The second-generation Jeep Liberty, built from 2008 to 2012, is only available with the PowerTech V6 engine. For the second-generation model, Jeep added standard side airbags, optional rain-sensing windshield wipers, a navigation system and Jeep's MyGig entertainment system.
The redesigned Jeep Cherokee debuted in 2014 and achieves up to 31 mpg on the highway. The 2014 Cherokee features Chrysler's 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four engine, which delivers 184 horsepower. An optional 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine has FlexFuel capabilities, achieves 29 mpg and delivers 271 horsepower.