Jeep Cherokee (KK)

Jeep Cherokee (KK)

The Jeep Cherokee (KK) was a compact SUV produced and marketed by Jeep for the model years 2008 – 2013. On the North American market, it was sold as the Jeep Liberty (KK).

Jeep Cherokee (KK) was introduced for the 2008 model year to replace the Jeep Cherokee (KJ). Compared to the KJ, the KK was boxier and looked more utalitarian. Unlike the KJ, it came with side airbags as standard.

Since MPG-conscious buyers were expected to go for the Jeep Patriot or Compass crossover SUVs, the Jeep Cherokee KK wasn’t offered with any four-cylinder gasoline engine. The available engine choices were instead the 3.7 L PowerTech V6 (gasoline) and the 2.8 L VM Motori RA 428 I4 (turbodiesel). With the iron-block, aluminium-head V6 engine, the KK had a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs (approximately 2,268 kg).

Examples of KK standard equipment:

  • Electronic stability control with roll mitigation
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock brakes with brake assist

Examples of KK optional equipment:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Navigation system
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • MyGig entertainment system with 30 GB hard drive

Many of the KK buyers were people who had never owned a Jeep before. Data from 2010 show that on the U.S. market, approximately 70% of the buyers were first-time Jeep buyers.

Jeep Cherokee KK

Short facts about the Jeep Cherokee KK


Jeep (Chrysler)

Also called

Jeep Liberty (KK)



Model years



106.1 in (2,690 mm)


  • 176.9 in (4,490 mm) (2008-2010)

  • 176.1 in (4,473 mm) (2011-2013)


  • 72.4 in (1,840 mm) (2008-2010)

  • 73.1 in (1,857 mm) (2011-2013)


  • 74.9 in (1,900 mm) (2008-2010)

  • 71.3 in (1,811 mm) (2011-2013)

Curb weight

3,985-4,780 lb (1,808-2,168 kg)

  • 2.8 L VM Motori RA 428 I4 (turbodiesel)

  • 3.7 L PowerTech V6 (gasoline)

  • 4-speed Ultradrive 42RLEautomatic

  • 5-speed Mercedes-Benz W5A580automatic

  • 6-speed Chrysler NSG370 manual

Trim levels

The Liberty KK was available in two basic trim levels throughout its five-year production run: Sport and Limited. Sport was the base model, while Limited was a level up from Sport.


Examples of features included in the Sport trim:

  • 3.7 Powertech V6 engine (210 hp)
  • Initially, a six-speed manual transmission, but later, an automatic transmission became standard equipment
  • 16 inch tires
  • Alloy wheels
  • Power windows
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless entry
  • Air conditioning
  • AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/MP3 players and 3.5 mm auxiliary audio input jack
  • The 4 speaker system was standard at first, but was later replaced with a 6 speaker system
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Split-folding rear seat


Examples of features included in the Limited trim:

  • 17 inch tires
  • Alloy wheels
  • Full-sized spare tire and wheel
  • Power front driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Security system
  • Dual-zone climate controls
  • Uconnect hands-free Bluetooth phone
  • Voice command for phone
  • A2DP wireless stereo audio streaming capacity
  • 6 speaker sound system
  • Satellite radio
  • Remote audio systems control on the steering wheel

Special editions

Examples of special edition models:

  • Renegade

    Offered from 2009 to 2011

  • Latitude

    Offered from 2010 to 2012

  • 70th Anniversary Edition

    Offered only for 2011

  • Jet Edition

    Offered for 2011 and 2012

  • Arctic Edition

    Offered only for 2012

Police use in the USA

The Liberty KK was a popular choice as police vehicle in the U.S; typically the Sport model with 4WD.

2012 recall

In 2012, Chrysler recalled nearly 347,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs due to issues with the rear control arms. Chrysler offered to inspect the parts and replace them for free if deemed necessary. The recall only involved vehicles sold or registered in U.S. States were salt was used to clear ice from roads.

The first recall, which took place in March, was for approximately 210,000 vehicles from the 2004 and 2005 model years. In June, roughly 137,000 vehicles from the 2006 and 2007 model years were added to the recall.

The recalls were a reaction to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims of the lower control arms in the rear suspension of the Libertys being suspectible to rusting and breaking, possibly causing the vehicle to crash.

All recalled vehicles were built from July 3, 2003 through June 29, 2007.