The YJ was built in Brampton, Ontario, Canada replacing the Jeep CJ line. The Canadian plant closed in 1992 when they moved production to Toledo, Ohio. They used the same plant that produced the Willys Jeeps during World War II.
- Rectangular headlamps (The CJ had round).
- Same wheelbase as the CJ-7 with a new wider track.
- Slightly less ground clearance.
- More comfort.
- Improved handling.
- Leaf spring suspension wider than the CJ-7.
- Trackbar suspension links.
- Anti-roll bars for improved handling and safety making it less easy to flip by untrained or unwary drivers.
- Larger windshield.
- Wiper blades rest on the windshield.
- Wider arc of the blades to clean the larger windshield.
(These two changes were later removed when the TJ was launched 1996)
Despite its similar look to the Jeep CJ this new had more in common with the newer downsized Cherokee XJ model.
- The roll cage was extended for rear shoulder belts.
- The Sahara debuted.
- Switched over to an electronic speedometer.
- Anti-lock brakes were added.
- An automatic transmission option for 4-cylinder came out.
- A center high-mounted brake light was added.
- The slave cylinder on manual transmissions was moved outside of the transmission's bellhousing for easier
- The Dana 30 larger U-joints were used.
- There were no 1996 models but that year they produced YJ's as 1995 models.
- New parts added TJ hood bumpstops.
- Reinforced tailgate hinges.
- Some with rear TJ bumpers.
- Newly tuned I6 that ran quieter in preparation for the TJ.
Soft top with "half doors" featuring soft plastic zipper windows
Full-frame doors with conventional glass windows.
Hard tops with rear wiper and defroster.
Jeep tops in colors black, white, tan and gray.
Roll-bar padding matched soft top color.