Jeep Commander car reviews

22 Dec 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Jeep Commander car reviews
Jeep Commander

Hemi car

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David EPA rated at 15 city, 19 highway

The Commander is, in many ways, an tour de force. Using the platform as the Jeep Grand – which is shared the Mercedes M-Class, but developed by Engineering in Detroit – the is not a mere cosmetic rebadging but a fully retuned, reconfigured

It’s said that the for the Commander was the new Land Rover LR3 and that the Commander beats the LR3 in benchmark, in some cases by a margin, with greater and much lower cost. more, it is produced on the same line, so production can be kept in with demand for both the and Grand Cherokee.

While it the same wheelbase as the Grand which probably cut engineering in half, the Commander has a more tuned ride and feel. The is different, and that goes the number of seats – are three rows in the Commander, two in the Cherokee; there is a beautiful red interior in addition to the usual tan test vehicle had the tan), and the panel is completely different in the two a change which increased and production cost but was well it (not to denigrate the Grand at all, but it’s nice to get from the old every vehicle the same dashboard cost-cutting of the The Commander uses chrome-trimmed gauges, with just gradations to provide the needed without getting in the way. The look is upscale, in and out; the front clip has been to give more luxury (including dual headlights in the headlight pods), and the interior have massive expanses of textured plastic.

One area the Commander is clearly different the Grand Cherokee is in the glass; it is set up like the old Cherokee, except even further away the front passengers. The result of the windshield being large and far away is a feeling of spaciousness and making the cabin seem than it is.

Road noise has been insulated, while the ride can be a but is generally quite good for a off-road-capable truck. Fairly potholes and bumps are handled especially in terms of sound: than a dull boom or there is a faraway-sounding noise of the dropping in. The Commander has good manners, without the wallowing of trucks that try to make suspensions soft, though is some jouncing at times.

rutted roads were in stride, though other issues could get in; one particular road, which gives to most cars and trucks loss of traction), felt smooth in the Commander. Wind is practically nonexistent, and engine is muffled well; even the fan manages to be quieter than (helped by the presence of automatic low and high settings on the climate

Cornering is surprisingly good, a feeling of confidence around turns; the big Jeep seems nimble and confident for such a truck, especially one boasting much interior comfort and from shock The tires audible notice long grip disappears, but do not squeal or prematurely.

Brakes are strong, as need to be with the optional engine, putting out 345 horsepower, with the gas mileage you’d to get from an engine of that – the EPA overestimates it at 15 city, 19 but we couldn’t get near that we did achieve 15. on the highway). The engine instantly under just any conditions, moving the heavy with alacrity but without noise.

While 0-60 are not particularly impressive, the instant-on is attractive. The five-speed automatic helps by downshifting rapidly, yet smoothly; shifts are moderately but not mushy. Our one acceleration-related complaint is the sudden tip-in, which is to say it was rather difficult to gently get a little more gas while at speed.

The cruise control is gentle, but shut it off, and hard to avoid small shudders.

We could not test capability, but the vehicle has been by a reputable outside agency and found trail ready, is to say it meets Jeep’s criteria for so that we would not feel any before steering off the paved The low gear four wheel is activated by a simple lever is very easy to pull up; the will not allow you to move low gear under the wrong

Our test vehicle had the standard II, described in detail elsewhere on site, essentially a serious and off-road-oriented four wheel system that automatically all four wheels when Our test vehicle had the optional packages, which provides the plates needed for serious since it prevents a rock say, gashing the gas tank at least, makes it harder).

space is not much greater in the Grand Cherokee, but there are rows of seats; both rows fold flat easy, with the back needing only a single pull to go from seat to floor. Middle-row seating is neither generous nor cramped, it gets cramped rather if the automatic seat backup the driver, to allow easier and entrance) is activated; third-row have very little and are clearly for smaller children or trips. Overall, this is a small vehicle to support rows of seats, not that stops its competitors, either!

that even entry-level and Jeep vehicles have had stereos, including the base it’s no surprise that the boasts an excellent sound What’s more, it does so the navigation system, not giving up any to the big screen; unlike the Toyota/Lexus you can control the stereo completely resorting to the LCD screen (though you do see the of what you’re doing on the

Press the tune button, and in audio adjustment mode, like with a regular and you can adjust bass, midrange, and and well as balance and fade ever having to look at you’re doing. There are steering wheel controls, on the of the wheel (the cruise is on the front of the wheel). The navigation takes a little getting to – the screen is smaller some, and there’s a special and Enter button for the nav system – but it has all the usual functions, and in new destinations can be almost as easy as on, a Toyota touch-screen.

Our model had the roof-mounted DVD entertainment with the best controls seen so far – the DVD is inserted at level, with controls reachable from either or back, and a remote control can be kept permanently stored in the overhead bin that keeps the LCD itself. Headphones are supposed to be in convenient door pockets. The was simply far easier than and competitive systems have operating exactly as one would and without the need for driver or the manual.

Generally, controls sensible and easy to use; the cruise control had buttons in places, as well as a cancel and all were placed within of the outside of the wheel. On the back of the were the various audio We never did figure out the automatic beams, but the rain-sensing wipers well aside from the odd wipe when starting or

Window and door lock are lit at night, along with all non-stalk, non-wheel controls; is a simple white on the gauges, and a green on other controls. The shfit is gated, with the AutoStick controls that selective, temporary downshifting or (these are the newer controls, not the original AutoStick system, makes sense given the Mercedes automatic). The key goes into the dashboard, which it easier to find and keeps the fobs and such from a nuisance.

Jeep Commander

The climate controls are sensible and understandable, and hard to from the company that you the Neon and PT Crusier. Both and driver have simple controls operated by knobs, the temparature scales always in place; the fan has both auto/low and settings, so you don’t have to yourself to the maximum possible fan just to use the automatic fan setting, ducting is set by a traditional knob allows you to pick zones say, full lower-vents and Recirculation, a/c, and the rear each have their own in the same cluster.

Above the climate control is the traditional Chrysler information with your choice of a gas mileage or other vehicle display, and a menu that you set the car’s various features, as automatic headlights (on with staying on after the engine is etc.), locking, and other that, in the past, had to be set by a dealer or by machinations like turn the key on, the locks, then wait, press the locks again, Meanwhile, below the climate are controls for other various the adjustable pedals, backup heated seats, transmission mode, and traction control

Let’s talk about the alarm for a moment: using in the bumper, which can be a bit high, the car warn you with yellow if you are getting close to an object, another car or a cement wall or a child. When you get very there’s an audible warning and red go on. (The LEDs are mounted in the near the rear window so can be seen when you’re up, assuming you’re looking out the window – you are doing right?). This system has LEDs than usual, for distance judgement.

Visibility is by strong headlights and big mirrors, and hindered by the headrest of the middle-row which blocks much of the quarter – an area few cars seem to be able to clear. The rear visibility is when the back seats are down, and poor when are up. Large sun visors that can be out on their support rods the sun from being too much of a as befits a car of this cost, driver and passenger get mirrors light when the flap is up.

The Commander is replete with storage spaces; by the driver’s sun is a recess with little to hold EZ-Pass type while there are rubberized in the center stack and left-hand for other small objects, and yet area or two in the center console, not to the primitive cupholders (set in rubber) and the center console Within that covered is a clever molded-in coinholder, one of the we’ve seen to allow for different coin sizes, but in a way that makes it nearly to actually reach.

There is a slot above the compartment, which both the big mass of plastic look on the side in favor of a more layout, and provides a place to dump CDs, maps, and All four doors have map and between the rear seats is an that can sprout dual One of the few potentially unergonomic features, is the positioning of the door latches, low on the doors, which makes for an odd to get the doors open.

The storage is decently sized, and the middle row of can fold forward for more This is not a particularly large despite its appearance, and minivans swallow up more people and but the Commander does have than enough room for purposes, and, since the seat was moved forward, it haul more than a Cherokee. The flat loading is also handy, and not too high to easily (though not particularly either!).

Generally, the Grand stands high enough to a good road view, and not so that other vehicles way down below, or that have to climb in; the styling is in a way. The Commander is small to be convenient; it only looks as it’s a hard-to-park, hard-to-enter

Our test vehicle was not the entry-level but the Limited, which starts at a good deal more the Grand Cherokee and Hummer H3 by the way, offers similar with 100 less horses), but than the Land Rover LR3 and H2. With that, you get the quiet, 4.7 liter V8, side airbags, drive with four-wheel disc brakes, four-wheel control, an enhanced accident system, the rear parking system, electronic stability a power sunroof, power doors, and locks, rain-sensitive tire pressure display, a/c (with rear vents), front seats with and heat, split/folding second and row seats, power adjustable (with memory), in-dash CD player with satellite playing through Boston speakers, tilt wheel, trip computer, leater-wrapped cruise control, fog lights, power heated folding 17 aluminum wheels, and a full spare. That’s a hefty set of and comfort features.

Our test vehicle had a number of packages which inflated the to $44,370. These included for the DVD entertainment system; $255 for the group; $225 for the off-road including skid plates and tow $1,200 for the navigation system; for the hands-free phone system; and for fancier wheels. There was the most desirable option, the at $1,495; while the Hemi itself is cheaper to make the 4.7, it also comes with QuadraDrive II, a more four-wheel-drive system, and electronic differentials for both axles respond far more quickly the older mechanical limited-slip

That partly answers the of “why $38,000?” This is a where prices are rather and you can pay a lot more without getting more. The Commander is competitive similarly priced Toyota, Land Rover, Ford, and GM In particular, the Commander beats the H2 in just about any on-road (it’s hard to judge and handily beats the LR3 in just every way.

If you were awaiting a three-row-of-seats Jeep, or if you had your heart set on that look and were deciding a Hummer, Honda Pilot, and Rover, the Commander was probably just for you; it beats the and is cheaper. On the other hand, for around lots of people cargo, a minivan will do it for the price and considerably less as long as you stay on pavement.

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