Jeep Commander Origins
The Jeep Commander's nostalgic exterior styling makes this an eye-catching vehicle. The seating for seven means the vehicle is capable of taking the kids to soccer practice. Although the Commander was nearly as strong as a Jeep and other SUVs in its model class, the Commander had a variety of failures that made it a little less desirable in competition for some consumers, and it was discontinued in 2010. About the Jeep Commander
The Jeep Commander is well known for its prowess in offroad situations. The strong V-8 engine and sturdy suspension are capable of pushing the Commander through the brush and on the road.
Unfortunately, the interior of the vehicle leaves something be desired. The materials used for the dash and trim feel cheap. The inside of the vehicle is cramped and the cargo space is limited compared to other vehicles in this class. The third-row seat, which also had limited legroom, didn’t make up for this limitation. Also, the base V-6 engine offered on the lower trim models didn’t have a great amount of power. Both the V-6 and V-8 had terrible fuel economy.
The Jeep Commander was discontinued in 2010. No plans for a 2012 Jeep Commander are in the works. Jeep Commander Evolution
The Jeep Commander was first introduced in 2006. The 2006 model was available in two separate trim lines: the base and the Limited version. The base version has standard power windows and door locks, air-conditioning, a power driving seat with multiple adjustments, and a CD player. The Limited model was additionally fitted with heated seats with passenger memory, power adjustable pedals, and a dual climate zone control.
The Standard engine for the base model was a 3.7-liter V-6 that produced 210 horsepower. The Limited had a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produced 235 horsepower standard. Fuel economy wasn’t efficient on any vehicles.
All cars were fitted with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability control, and side-curtain airbags.
2007 saw the introduction of the top-line Overland trim model. It included the 5.7-liter engine as a standard feature with 18-inch wheels and a modified interior and exterior trim. The base model was renamed Sport. The 4.7-liter V-8 added a flex-fuel option.
The Sport model also added a power-lift rear gate, keyless entry, 50/50-split back seat and a rear park assist. The Limited gained a sunroof, second-row lights, a separate heating and cooling unit in the back, and a six-disc CD player with MP3 playback.
The 2008 Jeep Commander received engine and trim upgrades. The 4.7-liter V-8 received a power upgrade, allowing it to produce 305 horsepower. The 4.7-liter was an option for the Sport trim line and was standard on the Limited.
The 2008 Sport model was available in a five- or seven-passenger model. The Overland added Bluetooth compatibility, Sirius backseat TV, and a MyGig navigation system.
The 2009 Jeep Commander was upgraded to a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 capable of producing 357 horsepower. Fuel economy improved as well to 13/19 mpg city/highway. The 5.7-liter was now more fuel-efficient than the 4.7-liter V-8 standard on the Limited. The 2009 model also scored top marks for front-collision impacts due in large part to its dual-front airbags.
2010 was the last year for the Jeep Commander. The 4.7-liter V-8 was removed from the line, and the 5.7-liter V-8 became standard on the Limited model. The top-of-the-line Overland model was removed from the trim options as well.
The Sport base model received a third-row seat, which was still cramped but also welcome. Fog lights became standard on all models as well. The Sport offered other luxury items, such as heated outside mirrors, six-speaker stereo system with a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, eight-way power driver seat, and tilt steering wheel. An optional Sun and Sound Group with a touchscreen navigation system, real-time traffic information, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rearview camera, and a 30GB music system was also made available.
The Limited model includes all the Sun and Sound Group accessories as standard as well as a few extra goodies.
Although the Commander could be quite luxurious and fun at times, its limited space, relatively cheap materials, and poor fuel efficiency lagged behind the competition.