The Jeep Wrangler has been in production for years, and it can still boast rugged and sporty design. It is an off-road machine with a suburban option. Unfortunately, it might not be the best buy for someone looking for something smooth and new, but it does offer plenty of options and power.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Jeep Wrangler SE, Jeep Wrangler Sport, Jeep Wrangler Sahara
The 1999 Jeep Wrangler replaces its old-fashioned slider air-conditioning controls with rotary controls for the interior. There are new color options for the hard top and soft top options and new colors in the trim and paint options. Jeep also redesigns the frame, which makes it a whopping 16 pounds lighter. There have been safety measures taken throughout the few years leading up to this model, and the 1999 model definitely offers better safety than previous models.
The 1999 Jeep Wrangler comes standard with a convertible top. The option is soft top or hard top. The soft top includes a lot of zippers and compartments, and it may be more trouble than it is worth to get it down and up. Despite the annoyance of the soft top, it works extremely well when keeping water out. The Wrangler comes standard with stylish steel wheels, light bar, and 10 color options for the exterior paint. Other options include alloy wheels, color match dual roofs, rear defroster, and more.
The 1999 Jeep Wrangler features lackluster vinyl bucket seats, but it gets the job done. The rear seats can seat up to three small children or two adults, and it folds down or can be removed entirely to add cargo space. Options include AM/FM/Cassette stereo, cloth or leather seating, privacy glass, and cruise control. The changes on the center console controls make the 1999 look a little less dated. Overall, the interior is rugged like the Jeep Wrangler is meant to be. There is nothing in the way of noise reduction, and the road noise will definitely be heard.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Jeep Wrangler SE does not offer much in the way of power, but it is ideal for those looking for a suburban driver with lower gas mileage. The Wrangler Sport and Wrangler Sahara both offer great off-road capability in the Jeep tradition. The suspension is rough, but ideally, extremely rough terrain will be handled slowly and calmly. Overall, the Jeep remains the rugged beast it was during its first uses for the military.
The 1999 Jeep Wrangler comes standard with driver and passenger side airbags. During the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) crash tests, the Jeep wrangler scores four out of five stars for the front passenger's test and the front driver's side test. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Jeep Wrangler an overall score of ""acceptable."" During the IIHS tests, the bumpers and head restraints rated ""marginal,"" and the frontal crash test rated the chest, head/neck, and right leg injury prevention as ""good."" Every other category in the IIHS testing came up ""acceptable.""
EPA Fuel Economy
Jeep Wrangler SE: 18/20 mpg city/highway
Jeep Wrangler Sport: 15/18 mpg city/highway
Jeep Wrangler Sahara: 15/18 mpg city/highway
- Off-road capability
- Soft top
- Three-speed automatic option
You Won't Like
- Dealing with soft top
- Wind noise
- Gas mileage
An off-road sport utility convertible.
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