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1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
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The Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced in 1992, and until 1999, it saw little revision thanks to a stylish design and a great engine. Now that Jeep has more competition, it tunes up the Grand Cherokee for the modern driver that rarely takes its vehicle off the road. The Grand Cherokee sees major overhauls without losing its classic style and ability to haul.
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Grand Cherokee Laredo, Grand Cherokee Limited
Jeep does a huge overhaul of the Jeep Grand Cherokee for 1999. Between the 1998 model and this year's model, there are only 127 parts carried over. New additions include a new powertrain and rear suspension. Interior design is completely redone, and exterior style is revamped to make a flashier ride. The four-wheel drive system, braking system, and steering system also see major updates and revisions. The 1999 Grand Cherokee is almost a completely new vehicle compared to older models.
Despite the many changes and almost complete redesign of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the exterior still sports some of the namesake's great features like the vertical grille. The wheel arches are wide, the windshield more angular, and the overall height off the ground is lowered by an inch. This Jeep is completely redesigned, but it still manages to look like a Jeep.
The interior of the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee becomes much more luxurious than previous models. It provides dual-zone climate control in the Grand Cherokee Limited. Standard with all models are folding seats with folding head restraints for additional cargo space with no fumbling around or losing the head rests. Front seats are bucket seats, and the steering wheel is trimmed with leather. Other standard features include power locks and windows, tinted glass, and AM/FM/Cassette stereo system. Options include CD audio system, Infinity audio, and heated front seats.
Performance & Handling
The updated Grand Cherokee sports a somewhat smaller engine, but it manages to still pack almost the same amount of punch at 235-hp with 295 lb-ft torque. The ride is smoother than older Grand Cherokees thanks to three-link suspension, new transmission, and a reformed steering system. Overall, the ride can still offer some of the same off-road capability as older models while being specifically designed for on-road comfort. The ride is now more like that of a luxury sedan than a rugged four-wheel drive off roader.
The 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a four-wheel anti-lock brake system and passenger and driver's side airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the passenger and driver's crash tests at three out of five stars. The NHTSA also rated the frontal side impact test at four out of five stars and the rear side impact test with five out of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the structure of the Grand Cherokee ""marginal."" The IIHS also rated leg, foot, and restraint results as ""marginal."" The head, neck, and chest would receive ""good"" rating from the IIHS, but overall, the safety aspects of the Jeep Grand Cherokee leaves a little to be desired.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Four-wheel drive
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- No manual transmission
- Gas mileage
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