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1997 Jeep Wrangler (continued)


The stiff new chassis, compliant new suspension, smoother, stronger engines, and comfortable new interior add up to a dramatic improvement.

While the increased off-road capability has been greeted with enthusiasm by off-road Jeep enthusiasts, the improved ride and handling on the road means you don't have to be a club member to enjoy driving this new Wrangler. There really is only one.

Model Line Overview

Model lineup:N/A
Engines:181-hp 4.0-liter ohv inline 6-cyl.
Transmissions:3-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):Dual airbags
Safety equipment (optional):N/A
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Toledo, OH

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Wrangler Sport
Standard equipment:(Sport) 4WD, AM/FM radio, fuel tank skid plate, removable soft top, rear bumper, tachometer, front carpeting
Options as tested (MSRP):Air conditioning, AM/FM/cassette audio, full console with cup holders, large fuel tank, 30-in. tires, aluminum wheels, heavy duty shocks, Dana rear axle, differential, sport bar with full padding, fog lights, side steps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, tow hooks
Destination charge:N/A
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $21,190
Engine:2.5-liter ohv 4-cyl.
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):120 @ 5400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):140 @ 3500
Transmission:5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:18/21 mpg
Wheelbase:93.4 in.
Length/width/height:151.8/66.7/70.2 in.
Track, f/r:58.0/58.0 in.
Turning circle:33.6 ft.
Seating capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.9/51.1/41.1 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:39.4/43.5/34.9 in.
Cargo volume:N/A
Towing capacity:2000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:Live axle, coil springs
Suspension, r:Live axle, coil springs
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weight:3092 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/drum
Fuel capacity:15.0 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of March 15, 1997.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-925-JEEP -

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