2009 Jeep Wrangler Specs

2009 Jeep Wrangler Specifications

Click here to see a chart of the official facts, figures, and dimensions for the 2009 Jeep Wrangler. If you'd like to learn about how some of these numbers affect your driving experience, keep reading below.

2009 Jeep Wrangler Specifications - what the numbers mean for you

Measurements

Vehicle Height

As I've said several times, I think it is much better to sit higher while driving. It's safer. The overall height of the Jeep Wrangler is 72.3 inches. It's so nice to sit up higher and see above everyone else...or at least be as high as the bigger vehicles out on the road. There are no more unpleasant surprises. In our Wrangler Sahara, we can see several vehicles ahead of us and know when the person directly in front of us is about to slam on the brakes. While the Jeep Wrangler's height of just over 6 feet is much higher than that of a sedan, it's not high enough to cause any problems with fitting into garages or parking decks.

Another good thing about the height of the Jeep Wrangler is that we no longer "bottom out". The Wrangler's ground clearance of 10.5 inches allows us to go in and out of parking lots without hesitation. It also gives us a completely different attitude toward deciding which roads to take. We no longer have to worry about potholes or "rough" terrain.

Vehicle Length

With a wheel base of approximately 95.4 inches, our Jeep Wrangler Sahara is shorter in length than our sedan. The decrease in length makes it very easy for us to park and allows us to make some amazingly tight U-turns. The only potentially negative effect of the shorter wheel base comes while driving on the interstate or traveling at high speeds. Unlike a sedan, or any vehicle with a longer wheel base, the Jeep Wrangler is extremely sensitive to movement of the steering wheel at high speeds. You need to be careful not to make any sharp moves with the steering wheel as this can create a potentially dangerous situation.

The shorter length of the Jeep Wrangler also makes it easier to change lanes or make passes. There is no more guessing as to whether or not you are clear to make a move. We found that before we can even check our mirrors, we are already well past the car in question. And just in case you aren't clear to change lanes, you will have no problem seeing out of the Jeep Wrangler to find out exactly how much farther you need to go.

Vehicle Width

The width of the Jeep Wrangler is approximately 73.7 inches. While the Wrangler appears wide from the front, this measurement is not much greater than the width of an average sedan. This illusion of width comes from the fenders which stick out from the main body of the vehicle. The width of the Jeep Wrangler changes nothing in the overall driving experience. It's much the same as driving a sedan only you can see more of your own vehicle and easily know whether or not you will fit through where you're trying to go.

Powertrain

Engine

The Jeep Wrangler weighs in at 3,849 lbs but the 3.8L SMPI V6 engine provides plenty of power. While it may not move as easily as the average sedan, we have no problem getting up to speed after pulling out from a dead stop. We are very pleased with the way our Jeep Wrangler performs.

Electronic Throttle Control

The gas pedal of the Jeep Wrangler is not mechanically connected to the throttle. There is simply a wire that sends a signal when you press on the pedal. Electonic throttle control is beneficial in that it helps with cruise control, traction control, and stability control by correctly positioning the throttle where it is needed regardless of how far the driver is pressing the gas pedal. However, we noticed several times when pressing firmly on the gas pedal that the Wrangler did not immediately respond. There was a slight hesitation between the time the pedal was pressed and the time the throttle opened. This hesitation also resulted in our Wrangler's engine SCREAMING when the throttle finally did respond. This is by no means a major problem, however it is an inconvenience if you are trying to make a quick pass on the highway.

Capacities

Gas Tank

The fuel capacity of the mid-mounted tank in our 2-door Jeep Wrangler Sahara is 18.6 gallons. While this is large compared to an average vehicle, we find ourselves filling up more often than ever before. A lot of this has to do with the fact that we are doing a lot more driving - we just love riding in our Jeep! But it is also true that the Wrangler does not get the best gas mileage.

The window sticker rates the Jeep Wrangler's gas mileage at 15 City and 19 Highway. The sticker is VERY accurate. We mainly do city driving - a lot of starting and stopping at intersections with the occasional bypass of traffic on the interstate. Because of the handy mpg calculator built into the Wrangler, we know that our Wrangler Sahara has been averaging about 16 mpg. We recently took a day trip and had the speed control set at 70mph for about two continuous hours. This actually brought the average up to 20mpg.

Generally speaking, we can get close to 300 miles out of a tank of gas if we run on empty. However, we try not to do that and usually heed the warning of the low fuel light that comes on when only 1/8th of a tank of gas is remaining. Luckily, the recommended fuel for the Jeep Wrangler is unleaded regular, 87 octane.

The preceding is a collection of thoughts and opinions from new first-time owners. For a more professional look at the facts and figures on the Jeep Wrangler, check out some of the experts online.