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2008 Jeep Liberty Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Jeep Liberty was new.

Reviewers generally approve of the Liberty's redesigned five-seat interior, which provides more passenger room than the previous model and features a cleaner design. Motor Trend explains, "The 2008 Liberty is a full two inches longer and half an inch wider than the outgoing model, which helps contribute to the 1.5 inches of legroom that the rear passengers gain and provides for additional cargo space, two areas where the Liberty could previously have been said to be lacking in light of its competition."

Cars.com finds the new interior "reminiscent of the Dodge Nitro's," the Liberty's platform mate.  Edmunds finds the base model a bit Spartan: "This is still a traditional SUV cabin with an upright seating position and minimal frills, unless you choose to add them."

Seating

Several reviewers, including Road and Track, note "more comfortable seats" as one of the new Liberty's interior improvements. New Car Test Drive says all of the seats "have more prominent bolstering than before."

The five-seat Liberty provides 100.6 cubic feet of passenger interior volume, which includes an extra inch-and-a-half of rear legroom thanks to the wheelbase stretch. This is a delight to several reviewers, many of whom criticized the previous model for its lack of rear legroom. Of the 2007 model, Consumer Guide noted, "rear-seat accommodations leave something to be desired." Reviewers like New Car Test Drive find the 2008 model much more acceptable in these respects, commenting, "The most noticeable increase comes in rear-seat leg room."

Interior Features

Another 2008 improvement for the Liberty is an increase in standard and optional features. New Car Test Drive notes "several handy features" that are new for 2008, including optional remote start, rain-sensing wipers and memory seats and mirrors.

The base Sport model comes standard with speed-sensitive power locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, a single-disc CD player with four speakers and a tilt steering wheel. Power windows with driver and front passenger one-touch up/down now come standard on the Sport as well. The Limited model adds such conveniences as a power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, speed control, eight amplified speakers with a subwoofer and Sirius satellite radio.

A noticeable change for 2008 is the placement of the window switches. Their previous placement on the dashboard frustrated reviewers. New Car Test Drive registers approval, noting, "They've been moved from the dashboard (bad) to the door panels (good)."

Entertainment

Reviewers love the new optional MyGig, an audio, navigation and entertainment system that includes a 20-gigabyte hard drive for storing music and photos. Customers use the touch screen or voice commands to control the system, which even includes a voice-memo recorder and CD-ripping capability. It also shows real-time traffic information through Sirius satellite radio, and can provide alternate driving routes based on traffic conditions.

Additional Features

The 2008 Liberty's most talked-about feature is its all-new Sky Slider scrolling canvas roof, which is optional on both trims. It's controlled via a one-touch switch. MSN appreciates how the top "slides back so both front- and rear-seat passengers can enjoy sunny skies over their heads."

Cargo

Cargo capacity in the new Liberty is 31.5 cubic feet with both rows of seats in use, or 64.2 cubic feet with the 65/35-split second row folded down. "I appreciated how easy it is to fold down the rear seatbacks for additional cargo room," says MSN. "I did it with just one hand." There's also a reversible panel in the cargo area that can be flipped to reveal a waterproof, rubberized mat with a spill-containing lip.

Every reviewer gives brownie points to Jeep for the Liberty's rear gate design, which debuted with the 2007 model. The back hatch is a split design with glass on top and a solid gate on bottom. A button on the key fob opens the glass hatch and the bottom gate swings open from the side, allowing for easier loading. Pulling the bottom gate handle will also automatically trigger the glass hatch to open. "It's a simple idea that works," says the Detroit Free Press.

While the back of the Liberty is functional, some reviewers still think the size of the cargo area might push buyers toward larger midsize SUVs. And despite a larger wheelbase on the new Liberty, maximum cargo capacity is nearly five cubic feet less than the 2007 model.

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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