Vehicle Overview

After 18 years on the market, the venerable Jeep Cherokee was showing its age. So for 2002, the Jeep division of DaimlerChrysler created a slightly larger sport utility vehicle, called the Liberty, as the Cherokee’s replacement. The Liberty is built at a new plant in Toledo, Ohio, and it was claimed to be the stiffest Jeep ever — 45 percent better in bending than the Cherokee and 30 percent improved in torsional rigidity. It was also the first Jeep with rack-and-pinion steering.

The Sport and Limited Edition are two of the available models in the Liberty lineup. The Limited went on sale in late spring 2001 and contains a V-6 engine rather than a four-cylinder. A Renegade model was added later, and it is also equipped with V-6 power. Hoping to attract “a whole new kind of Jeep buyer” without losing the traditional hard-core enthusiasts, Jeep General Manager Tom Sidlik called the 2002 Liberty “a new Jeep for a new adventure.” Developers sought a refined highway experience as well as offroad capabilities.

Rivals of the Liberty include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Xterra and Toyota RAV4. Details on changes for the 2003 model year have not yet been released.

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    Climate Controls
    The air conditioning and heating system is designed to make you comfortable in all types of weather. ...

    Remote Start Comfort Systems — If Equipped
    When remote start is activated, the heated steering wheel, and driver heated seat features will automatically turn on in cold weather. In warm weather, the driver vented seat feature will automa ...

    Automatic Transmission – If Equipped
    Start the vehicle with the shift lever in the PARK position (vehicle can also be started in NEUTRAL). Apply the brake before shifting to any driving range. ...