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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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1997 Laredo 4dr 4x2
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Price:   -  From $25,545
1997 Laredo 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $27,515
1997 TSi 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $27,695
1997 TSi 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $29,665
1997 Limited 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $31,360
1997 Limited 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $33,790
1997 Orvis 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $33,790


One of the most recognized brand names in the world, Jeep comes in three flavors--the classic Wrangler, the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee, luxury version of the Jeep brand and the most popular member of its tribe. The Grand Cherokee outsells all sport-utilities but the Ford Explorer in the U.S. market--about 280,000 sales in 1996, a healthy 12% increase over 1995. The Grand Cherokee itself comes in several interesting levels--Laredo, Limited and the Orvis Edition, named for the outdoor gear company and similar in character to the Explorer Eddie Bauer models. Until last year, when both the Explorer V8 and Mercury Mountaineer made their debuts, the Grand Cherokee was the only compact sport-utility to offer a V8 engine option, but that market exclusive is history now, and the Grand Cherokee will have to go on its other merits. One of its best merits, we think, is the sharp-edge body design, a design scheme that was accepted immediately when this truck showed up four years ago, and stands out in the crowd now because most of the other sport utes in this size/price class look like gigantic scoops of melting ice cream, with compound curves on all the corners. For 1997, there is a small group of minor improvements to this six-year-old SUV: the base radio is upgraded, the carpeting is upgraded, the rear seat heat duct is extended, the tilt steering column is modified for improved function, the ABS system is improved and all models get a full-body anti-chip paint treatment. There are also eight new colors to choose from.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 4.0L I-6 / 190 HP / 225 ft.lbs.
Available: 5.2L V-8 / 220 HP / 285 ft.lbs.
4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 20 / 18 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 4.0L I-6 / 190 HP / 225 ft.lbs.
Available: 5.2L V-8 / 220 HP / 285 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 20 / 18 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Full-size / Aluminum
Fuel Tank
23.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
79.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
176.3 "
Exterior Width
69.3 "
Exterior Height
64.8 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.0 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
35.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,613 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
18.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
15.0 " Silver Aluminum
Monotone With Stripe / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Black / Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth / Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (6-way Power)
Front Armrests
4-way / (6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Removable 60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan / Am Stereo/fm Stereo, Seek-scan / Premium Am Stereo/fm Stereo, Seek-scan / Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan / Clock
4 / 8 Brand
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Light / Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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