Jeep Liberty has a towing capacity of 2000 lbs can be increased to 5000 lbs with tow package. That is enough for a family to tow their camper around to the lake for a fun-filled adventure outdoors.
Jeep Liberty – Engine Options
The Jeep Liberty features two main engine options (gasoline), which are as follows:
1. 2.4L PowerTech I4
This one is a 4-cylinder piston engine that takes petrol directly, and is capable of producing 150 horsepower, and produces a maximum torque of 222Nm @4100 rpm. This engine variant was available from 2002 to 2007.
2. 3.7L PowerTech V6
This 3.7L V6 engine takes straight gas to produce a peak horsepower of 210 @5300 rpm. It features a 4-speed automatic w/OD transmission and 235 lb-ft of torque @4000 rpm.
It’s a given that the more torque your vehicle will have, the better it will be at towing loads. From the available options mentioned above, the 3.7L V6 has bigger torque and hence a better towing advantage over the 2.4L Straight-4 engine option. The better option to go with, considering your towing needs, is the 3.7L V6 with 210 horsepower.
Towing with the Jeep Liberty
The stock Jeep Liberty does not come with a towing package, which means you won’t be able to tow anything out the gate. You will have to purchase a separate towing kit in order to tow loads. The towing capacity is a nice 2000 lbs, which is pretty decent for light to moderate loads. This can be increase to 5k lbs with optional tow upgrade.
It is recommended for the customers to not tow for at least the first 800 miles, allowing the engine to break in.
This allows for the key components of the Jeep-like transmission, engine, steering, and drivetrain to stay safe and in pristine working condition. The car is also not designed to tow a trailer hence it is not recommended. These are the dos and don’ts of the vehicle so proceed with caution when you start towing.
The Jeep Liberty, also known as Jeep Cherokee, is a well-received production compact SUV by Jeep, manufactured from 2002 to 2012. It was placed right in the middle of a Grand Cherokee and a Wrangler. It was launched as a replacement for then discontinued Cherokee (XJ). With that said, Jeep Liberty has some mean towing power underneath the hood.
The final verdict is that the Jeep Liberty is a good towing SUV if used correctly and with caution. It can tow a decent load of 2000 lbs – 5000 lbs, which is plenty for most use. However, it should be kept in mind that if the vehicle is damaged due to towing, it will not be covered by the company.
We recommend going with the bigger engine option simply for the greater and better towing power it has.