2009 Jeep Commander

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2009 Jeep Commander Review

A great off-road vehicle with excellent acceleration.

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Overview

First introduced in 2005, the Jeep Commander is a luxury off-road family vehicle. The 2009 Jeep Commander is capable of seating seven and offers amenities that are basically on par with what you’d find in a luxury SUV.

A midsize SUV, the 2009 Jeep Commander is available in three trim levels: Sport, Limited, and Overland. The Limited and the Overland both offer three rows of seating and can accommodate seven passengers. The Sport model is only equipped with two rows of seating and thus has decreased passenger capacity.

Sport models include such standard features as 17-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, rear parking sensors, roof rails, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-way power drivers seats, and a second-row bench with a 40/20/40-split. Standard technological features on the Sport version include a trip computer and a stereo system with six speakers, CD player, MP3 player, and satellite radio. Adding the optional third row of seating sees the addition of foglamps and rear climate control.

The Limited version features all of the options available for the Sport model along with auto-dimming external mirrors, heated mirrors, automatic dual-zone climate control, better-quality interior surfaces, heated second-row seating, manual front seat lumbar control, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Overland edition includes such additional features as 18-inch chrome-plated wheels, a tow package, power liftgate, auto-leveling xenon headlights, leather and faux-suede seats, leather and wood steering wheel, and special Overland badging.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize SUV
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6 engine, 4.7-liter V-8 engine, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Jeep Commander Sport, Jeep Commander Limited, Jeep Commander Overland

What's New

For 2009, Jeep offered an improved 5.7-liter V-8 engine. While there was a V-8 option on previous year models of the Commander, for 2009 Jeep made the engine both more powerful and more fuel-efficient. Limited and Overland trim models for 2009 also feature improved interior materials as well as an iPod interface and an optional navigation system.

Exterior

The 2009 Jeep Commander features a boxy body styling that’s reminiscent of classic, bygone Jeep models such as the Cherokee.

Interior

The interior of the 2009 Jeep Commander is clean and functional. Instrumentation and controls are user-friendly, and the front seats are extremely comfortable. Theater-style seating in the second row provides for good external visibility. However, the second and third rows of seating may feel somewhat cramped to passengers with longer legs.

Performance & Handling

A 3.7-liter V-6 engine that’s rated at 210 horsepower and produces 235 lb-ft of torque powers the base model Commander Sport. There is also the option of a 4.7-liter V-8 engine for the Sport. That engine, which is standard for the Limited trim level, is rated at 305 horsepower and produces 334 lb-ft of torque. The Limited is also available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that comes standard on the Overland. That engine is rated at 357 hp and produces 389 lb-ft of torque.

The standard V-6 engine that comes with the base model Sport offers acceleration that is reported to be poor. Both the 4.7-liter V-8 and the Hemi V-8 provide much better acceleration. All versions of the 2009 Commander are equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission.

Reviews indicate that the 2009 Jeep Commander is generally capable in off-road situations and offers a comfortable enough ride on pavement. When properly outfitted, the V-6 version of 2009 Jeep Commander is capable of towing 3,500 pounds. Meanwhile, the 4.7-liter V-8 version can handle 6500 pounds while the Hemi version can handle up to 7400.

Safety

Standard safety features for all versions of the 2009 Jeep Commander include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control with rollover mitigation, and full-length side curtain airbags. The vehicle earned a five-star rating in government crash tests for frontal collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jeep Commander Sport: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Jeep Commander Limited: 14/19 city/highway
Jeep Commander Overland: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Offers genuine off-road capability
  • Improved fuel economy and excellent acceleration

You Won't Like

  • Limited passenger and cargo space
  • Similar vehicles available with more upscale image at basically the same price

Sum Up

A great off-road vehicle with excellent acceleration.

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