2009 Jeep Commander Limited Review: Car Reviews

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1. The top-line Commander gets a HEMI V8 with 357 hp and 389 ft-lbs of

2. Despite the ability to shut off up to 4 when cruising, the HEMI V8 equipped with a five-speed gets 19 mpg on the highway and just 13 mpg in the

3. All Jeep Commanders have a tow of 7,200 lbs.

But all those and Expeditions and Durangos are virtually when the road gets than a little rough – usually equipped with low-hanging front fascias and running boards. What’s needed is a seven-seat V8-powered SUV by the company synonymous with expertise.

No, we’re not talking the latest Toyota Land but the venerable Jeep Commander. in 2006 in response to all of Jeep’s growing third row seats, the is really a throwback to the old Wagoneer stayed in production for 27 years.

The first thing you’ll is the very upright styling, owes much to the original albeit in 11/10th scale. The is also unique in that its is really low for a modern design, visibility is really quite Because the rear seats are higher than the fronts – referred to as stadium seating – in to aid passenger comfort, the roof is stepped, although unlike the Xterra or GMC Envoy, the Jeep’s is by the standard roof rails.

the Commander’s design is obviously at aiding off-road ability, to decent approach and departure Under the skin, it looks similar to the Grand Cherokee, the coil-sprung independent front and beam-axle rear end.


comes from a trio of engines: a base 3.7-liter V6 an adequate 210 hp and 237 ft-lbs of torque, the 4.7-liter V8 with 305 hp and 334 ft-lbs, and the ubiquitous 5.7-litre HEMI V8 357 hp and 389 ft-lbs. All get a five-speed automatic in one or another, and all get absolutely dismal mileage.

Even though the Displacement System-equipped HEMI, can shut off two or four cylinders cruising at a constant speed has of 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. That the 21-gallon fuel tank it a theoretical best range of 400 miles. Ask more of it by hauling family around or making to Home Depot and single-digit is possible.

Incredibly, the high-tech, torquey and 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 offered in the Cherokee is not even an option in American Commander models, it is available overseas.

Strangely, you can get the in most trim levels only rear-wheel drive, but completely defeats its purpose. For not wimping-out, depending on which level or engine you pick, either get Jeep’s traditional I full-time 4WD system, or the optional Quadra-Trac II version. Neither much input from the unless you want to lock the for even more rock-crawling

The $795 4×4 option includes the upgraded four-wheel system, electronic limited front and rear differentials, plates over the front transfer case and fuel and a pair of burly tow hooks.

For the Trailer Tow Group includes a IV receiver hitch, heavy-duty cooling and trailer sway but regardless of which system you the Commander is able to tow a respectable lbs. And all models bar the Overland use aluminum wheels and off-road

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things start to clear up a First, when introduced, the was easily the nicest, most Jeep cabin to date, in $41,105 Limited trim the Axis Perforated Royale in saddle brown, which is a option. That helps the parts-bin components for the radio, control, power windows and but Limited and Overland models get standard heated seats in the two rows.

Perhaps the nicest is the trio of glass sunroofs – one of actually opens – that calls Command View. It the cabin a wonderful airiness, and is a option on the lower trim Limiteds also get the Bluetooth system, DVD-based navigation and 30GB Music Box to store music files on.

Otherwise, you can option up the Commander all the usual niceties including HID ($500), a power tailgate and a rear entertainment system a DVD player and flip-down screen

Overlands also include leather seats, 18-inch and all the niceties bar the rear-seat DVD player for a of $46,490.

The problem comes in to the third-row seats. While not too difficult to get back there the Commander’s second-row flip and seats, the space allocated for is really quite tiny. small children should And, if you’re using the for passengers, any useful cargo behind them is immediately You’d be lucky to stuff a bag in the leftover area, let alone a set of clubs.

So really, the Commander is more a five-seater with a pair of jump seats rather a fully-fledged seven-seater.


at this price comes the V8-powered Kia Borrego Limited which provides more for passengers and cargo than the The Kia would be next in line to the to hit the off-road trails, but the Borrego beats the Jeep in towing

All of which means you have to how long the Commander is for this Given the current situation, it surprise us to see it fade into with its Wagoneer predecessor.

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