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in 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $16,508 - $20,515
Original MSRP: $23,395 - $28,995
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2012 Jeep Liberty Interior

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Reviewers find that the 2012 Jeep Liberty has an interior that is cheap and unimpressive for the class, but think it will suffice for shoppers who need a cabin that they don’t mind getting dirty.

  • "If the point of the Liberty's indoor environment is to get you to your favorite outdoor environment, it will do the job just fine." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Most of the interior, though, is shrouded in hard plastic with no soft-touch surfaces. It's appropriate for a ‘Trail-Rated’ Jeep but trails most rivals for overall ambiance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Liberty's cabin has all the aesthetic flair of a storage shed -- it's angular and drab. The materials are also on par with a storage shed, though at least some of them get covered up with some padding and leather in the Limited." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Most reviewers find issues with front and rear comfort. The driver and front passenger will have good legroom, but taller adults will be short on head space. The most complaints are directed toward the back seat. The rear has adequate head and foot space, but knee- and legroom are tight. 

  • "The greenhouse is expansive, but front seat passengers will be more comfortable than those relegated to the rear seat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Fine legroom, but headroom is limited for tall occupants, despite a high build. The cabin feels narrow and snug overall, though Liberty's high-set seats provide a commanding view of the road. Visibility is hindered somewhat by thick roof pillars." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2012 Liberty doesn’t come with a ton of standard interior features, but the base model is equipped with a one-year satellite radio subscription, air conditioning, power windows and doors and a stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Bluetooth isn’t standard, but it is available on the base model this year.

Test drivers think the available features are well-organized and easy to use, but that overall interior quality is very poor. There are a lot of hard, cheap plastics. The cabin just can’t match the competition, they say.

  • "The gauges are large and easy to read. Most controls are clearly marked and logically placed." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Then there's the interior. To call it ‘not up to par’ would imply it's playing on the same metaphorical golf course as those it competes against. On the contrary, materials are hard and cheap, the look is drab, the seats are flat and the wheel doesn't telescope, just to name a few offenses." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2012 Liberty's cargo area is small for the class, and small-item storage is also limited. It provides 26.1 cubic feet of space with all seats up and 62.4 cubic feet with the second row folded down. Competitors like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V have a lot more room. They don’t have the off-road capabilities of the Liberty, but they are available with four-wheel drive.

  • "A large hatch opening and cubic shape make the most of the available cargo space. ... The rear seat backs fold flat as well, but their headrests must be removed if the front seats are set far back. Cabin storage is limited to a narrow center console and smallish glovebox." -- Consumer Guide

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