A vehicle's appeal can be initially felt by the sound of its name. When the Jeep Commander came out in 2006, it brought its muscular bravado that instantaneously attracted drivers who wanted to go anywhere with their sport utility vehicle. Though the model did not have everything desirable in its make-up, it still made its impact as an SUV that could be counted on anytime when the going got rough.
2006 - 2007: The specs and looks of a seven-seater off-roader
The first-generation Commanders were armed with a 4.7-liter or 5.7-liter V8 engine that could produce 235-horsepower and 305-pound-feet of torque. Some of the units were equipped with a V6 engine with a 3.7-liter displacement. Good handling and control was provided by a multi-link rear suspension, a front anti-roll bar, and an ABS and driveline traction control. As a four-door mid-size SUV, the cabin provided enough room for up to seven passengers distributed in three rows of seats. Although the unit looked squared-off than the Cherokee, this style was just in line with the unit's terrain-friendly capability. In terms of safety, there were a lot of standard integrated features, including warnings for the battery, lights, oil pressure, and key; side impact beams; driver and passenger airbags; occupancy sensor; front seat belt pretensioners; and panic alarm. Driving on a rough terrain was made endurable with the introduction of convenience features such as head restraints, armrests, a lighted locking glove box, and a full floor console, among others.
2008 - 2010: Power upgrades without compromising comfort and convenience
The other half of the Commander's lifetime was marked by improvements in power and style. The units could produce 305-horsepower and 334-pound-feet of torque with the 4.7-liter engine, while the upgrade to an additional liter of displacement boosted the horsepower to 330 and the torque to 375. In this generation, models with the Quadra-Drive II were programmed with the Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist electronic driving mechanisms. The unit could literally assault off-road challenges without sweat with its great suspension and steering assembly. Despite keeping the boxy appearance, the interiors of the model received ample alterations, beginning from the comfortable cloth and leather seats, to the two-tone decors, and to the three moon roofs. Entertainment features were also not lacking, for the unit was packed with a six-disc integral CD changer, a SIRIUS satellite radio, and Boston Acoustics speakers. Power seats and power windows also made the ride more enjoyable.