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Jeep Cherokee Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 125 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Jeep Cherokee

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Cheap and loaded with rugged character, dual airbags, optional ABS, optional full-time 4WD, optional 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine

  • Cons

    Rugged character result of ancient engineering, uncomfortable rear seat folds but doesn't split

  • What's New for 1997

    A new interior sporting modern instrumentation debuts. Front and rear styling is refined, and the rear liftgate is now stamped from…

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Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (68 total reviews)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

See ya cherokee

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Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee

Took my Cherokee to the junkyard today. Bought it new in 1996. It's been in all environments, the coast, mountains, deserts and cities and performed like a champ. Replaced a water pump, brakes, tires and radio. The only thing that didn't work was the hydraulics on the rear hatch. Rescued stranded motorists, carried Christmas trees and was given to my son as his first car, after it had over 209K miles racked up on it. My inexperienced son ran into a F250 Ford dualie and tore the rear axle right off that truck. The Jeep suffered terrible front end damage. My son didn't have a scratch. I should be so lucky, as to go out as big a hero as that Jeep!

"just right" four wheel drive

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Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee

I purchased my Cherokee back in 2006 with 180k miles on it, and drove it everyday for a couple of years. Now it sees limited use (towing, going off road, and hauling stuff around... hard miles) with just under 220k miles. Burns no oil, always starts, and when something does go wrong, I've always been able to fix it myself. While it was my daily driver, I added a 2 inch lift, and a year later got a 3.5" lift and added larger tires. It's quicker accelerating than a Hummer H3, as tested by some guy and myself (on a closed course) a while back.

This is my first car,

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Vehicle: 1996 Jeep Cherokee

I own a two door 1996 jeep cherokee sport (I know it shows 4dr 5 speed) but this thing is AMAZING! My cherokee is so much fun to drive and even though it has street tires and no lift at the moment, it can go straight through mud. I am currently building it up right now. I have a k&n cold air intake in it, brand new tune up kit, and a redone exhaust system. It's rugid, reliable, and can take a beating. I love my Jeep.

Gas Mileage


  • 17
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  • 19
  • highway
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Full 1997 Jeep Cherokee Review

What's New for 1997

A new interior sporting modern instrumentation debuts. Front and rear styling is refined, and the rear liftgate is now stamped from steel. Multiplex wiring is designed to improve reliability of the electrical system, while a new paint process aims to polish the finish of all Cherokees.

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