The Jeep Liberty Limited is a solid choice for parents who need an all-terrain stroller on a budget. While the quality isn't on par with pricier competitors, the stroller's versatility and included accessories make it a good value. However, parents who will be popping their stroller in and out of a car a lot may want to look elsewhere. At 30 pounds, the Jeep Liberty Limited is a beast to carry and a space hog in trunks.
A few issues. The Jeep Liberty Limited has a steel frame, foot-operated parking brake and five-point harness, but at least one expert reviewer says the buckle isn't the best quality. Some parents also report quality issues that could pose a safety risk, including snapped wheels and inconsistent tracking. Others say the stroller is prone to tipping.
Easy rider. The Jeep Liberty Limited is meant to tackle any terrain, and reviewers say it does so with ease, from gravel roads to the beach. Children may feel a few more bumps in the Liberty Limited than in pricier strollers with souped-up shocks, but the stroller fared well in expert testing. The fabric is easy to clean, but some reviewers say adjusting the seat recline is cumbersome. Reviewers say the one-handed fold is generally easy, and that the stroller is able to stand when folded.
Nice extras, but heavy. The Jeep Liberty Limited throws in a lot of accessories that cost extra on pricier models. It comes with a parent tray and child snack tray, as well as fun bonuses: a toy steering wheel and MP3 sound system. Reviewers say the storage basket is large, and they like the two removable side cargo bags. A few reviewers wish for a bigger canopy. The stroller's handle is not adjustable, which can be a sticking point for tall parents.
The Liberty Limited's seat reclines, but not fully to accommodate young infants. The manufacturer recommends babies be 6 months old before riding unless they're in an attached car seat. The stroller is compatible with 15 car seats, including the popular Chicco KeyFit and Graco SnugRide. The upper weight limit is 50 pounds, and reviewers say the seat is roomy enough to accommodate older children. However, some say the seat well is too deep for younger babies, who may strain to look out or reach the snack tray.
Reviewers are vocal about the stroller's weight and fold -- they hate both. The Liberty Limited tips the scales at 30 pounds, and some parents say the stroller doesn't fit in their trunks. Also, while some all-terrain strollers can handle light jogging, the manufacturer warns against that with the Jeep Liberty Limited. Some reviewers who ignored this warning say the front wheel wobbles and shakes at high speeds. The front wheel can be fixed to handle rough terrain, but this stroller is not a jogger.
Seems solid. The Jeep Liberty Limited is covered by a one-year limited warranty. Reviewers say the manufacturer, Kolcraft, is generally helpful and quick to send replacement parts.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent This well-researched book includes buyer's guides and ratings for all types of baby gear, including a variety of strollers, and top rankings of all-terrain strollers. The authors conduct hands-on testing and interview parents, manufacturers and retailers. They discuss the Jeep (Kolcraft) brand in general and the Liberty specifically.
Review: Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and Other To Go Gear, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org is known for its rigorous, unbiased testing methods. Editors test and rate 11 all-terrain strollers for ease of use, safety, maneuverability and off-road maneuverability. The Jeep Liberty Limited is included in this roundup. The report also includes an overview of how the testing was performed and specs for each stroller. User reviews are available, but do not factor into the rankings.
Review: All-Terrain Stroller Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
3. Stroller Envy
Review Credibility: Excellent The Jeep Liberty Limited is among Stroller-Envy.com's picks for best all-terrain stroller under $200. The editors like the storage, stability and ease dealing with rough terrain. An in-depth review from an editor who has used the Liberty Limited for years praises all the extras, such as the music system and steering toy. A few downsides: the bulky fold, weight, flimsy buckle, flat tires and stroller tracking. The review also notes that it can be hard to move the seat up after it's reclined.
Review: Jeep Liberty Stroller, Editors of Stroller-Envy.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 500 reviewers give the Jeep Liberty Limited an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. Parents think the stroller delivers a smooth ride and easy maneuverability, and they say the stroller has some style, too. They also like the storage and included accessories. However, most agree it's heavy and bulky when folded. Some reviewers note quality issues such as a drooping parking brake, flat tires, inconsistent tracking and shaky wheels. A few reviewers say the stroller is prone to tipping, with a couple saying a wheel snapped or rolled off, causing the occupied stroller to fall over.
Review: Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain Stroller, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 90 reviewers give the Jeep Liberty Limited an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars. They praise the ample storage, included trays and accessories, roomy seat and price. The stroller is good on rough terrain and versatile, reviewers say. However, some owners note problems with squeaking, wheel tracking and flat tires. Some also say the canopy could be bigger, the seat isn't very padded, and smaller kids can't see out of the stroller because of the deep seat well. Reviewers also say the Liberty Limited is wide, bulky and heavy, with a time-consuming fold.
Review: Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain Stroller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012