Jeep Commander Overland 4×4 vs. Hummer H2 – AskMen

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Jeep Commander vs. Hummer H2

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Jeep and Hummer both entered the consumer market with products that were initially designed to meet the superior standards of the U.S. military. Starting with that single product, it was only a matter of time before each auto brand utilized those same daring, rigid designs to suit varying civilian demands.

The Hummer, using the Humvee as a prototype for the civilian model, entered the consumer market priced for the luxury class who craved a macho machine. GM released the H1 in 1992, and by 2005, the automaker had two more versions of the Hummer for civilian consumption. With the H1 version of the Hummer receiving its civilian equivalent to an honorable discharge in 2006 (or perhaps dishonorable, considering fuel economy), the non-military based Hummer H2 SUV has been promoted to the front lines.

Willys-Overland Motors popularized the off-road market when it started selling surplus Jeeps to the public after World War II. Through the years, Jeep has moved from providing vehicles for the modest consumer to schlepping more upscale models during the 1990s. The Jeep Commander is Chrysler#39;s soldier of fortune in the civilian war against the H2.

Let’s take a look at these brawny machines of steel and rate them on a scale of 100 that#39;s influenced by such things as performance, goodies and design.

Jeep Commander Overland 4×4

Price: $41,080

Engine: 5.7-liter HEMI V8

Horsepower: 330 hp @ 5,000 rpm

Torque: 375 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

MPG: City: 13; Highway: 17

Performance – 18/20

Working with 4,936 pounds, the lower-trimmed Jeep Commander Sport relies heavily on the standard 3.7-liter, six-cylinder powerplant. Knowing that this engine would be received with deep yawns, Jeep made it possible for serious buyers to adopt either the 4.7-liter V8 or the high-performing 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 330 (standard on the Overland) horsepower on the Jeep Commander#39;s upper echelon.

Jeep Commander

The multi-speed, automatic transmission with overdrive, providing a solid, proper gear transitions as you travel over various surface types, comes standard on the Limited and Overland models. The Jeep Commander#39;s 4×4 option, however, is the only way to genuinely declare your Jeep worthy of its seven-slot grille. Assuring that Jeep#39;s “Trail-Rated” image is properly represented, Quadra-Drive 2 is available with a full-time transfer case and an electronically controlled clutch pack that gives the Commander best-in-class traction as it detects tire slip and smoothly redistributes torque to the wheels that do have traction.

Exterior design – 15/20

Many Jeep enthusiasts may feel nostalgic when looking at the Jeep Commander. With a squared-off appearance, the resemblance to the 1984-2001 Jeep Cherokee is uncanny and intentional. Sharp, straight lines form a boxy shape that fully communicates Jeep#39;s off-roading persona.

Based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s platform, the Jeep Commander was created from the auto brand#39;s desire to market two distinctive vehicles from one chassis (consider the Jeep Patriot and Compass).

Only 1.85 inches longer than the Grand Cherokee, the Jeep Commander appears grander in size thanks to a roof line that towers 4.16 inches higher.

Interior design – 8/10

Thanks to the high, stepped roof, the Jeep Commander preaches to the tall with forward and rear headroom residing at a class-leading dimension of 42 and 40 inches, respectively. Using interior design appointments that border on Range Rover territory, the overall cabin appearance projects a very rich feel that involves interior accents of real Walnut Burl wood and premium leather seats the Jeep Commander delivers luxury without compromising basic ergonomics.

Capable of seven-passenger capacity, the Jeep Commander Overland#39;s third-row bench is mostly a novelty suitable for children primarily. When the Jeep Commander#39;s seven-passenger seating capacity is not in use, the two rear seats can be folded in a variety of configurations for up to 68.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

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