Taking a place above the Grand Cherokee in the Jeep brand’s product lineup, the Commander was available from 2006 to 2010 inclusive. Based on the Grand Cherokee, it was blockier looking, bigger, and boasted three rows of seating and room for seven occupants.
Commander packed plenty of capability and traction on the road less travelled with the Quadra Drive II 4x4 system on board.
Look for features like heated leather seats, navigation, a driver computer, parking sensors, power accessories, remote entry, a sunroof and plenty more.
Look for a 3.7-litre V-6 with 210 horsepower, or a 4.7-litre V-8 with 235 horsepower until 2008, and 305 horsepower thereafter. Chrysler’s 5.7-litre HEMI V-8 with 330 or 357 horsepower was also available, depending on the year. All models got an automatic transmission.
What owners like
Owners praise the stereo system, interior and exterior styling, and performance with the HEMI V-8. A comfortable ride, towing power, the braking system and Commander’s off-road capability are also highly rated.
What owners dislike
Comfort and space in the Commander’s second and third seating rows are common gripes, as is fuel economy and rearward visibility.
Some issues have been reported with electronics, suspension and other systems by owners in online forums, though a Jeep mechanic should be able to check for and diagnose any of the Commander’s common problems.
One such problem is a random engine stall-out situation that poses a safety risk. This could be caused by a transmission fluid filter or overly sensitive ignition switch. Ask the vehicle’s seller if they’ve ever experienced this sort of problem.
It’s primarily styling, towing ability and off-road capability that will draw used vehicle shoppers to the Commander. If you’re looking for good fuel mileage, you’d best move to another model.