In 2008, the Commander's 4.7-liter V-8 was given a 70-horsepower jump in power (to 305) but required premium fuel. The next year, the Hemi's power was upped to 357 horses with cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy. The Hemi creates an entertaining ride and impressive acceleration for a big, tall box, but most buyers are happy enough with the 4.7-liter V-8, particularly the 305-horsepower version. For 2010, the Commander's last year, Jeep made no further changes.

Owners love the power of the Hemi and appreciate the Commander's ability to go pretty much anywhere off-road, but there are complaints, some of them strident. The third-row seat is too small for adults, and the vehicle lacks the interior cargo room its stretched exterior dimensions promise. Also, while the basic drivelines are proven, reliability reports are peppered with complaints of an unreliable, fussy, failure-prone electrical system that involves traction control, ABS, ignition, windows, instru-ments, and other subsystems that are, in the modern way, all inextricably linked to a network of computers. Several owners report being outright stranded by errant ones and zeroes in the Commander's electronic brain. It's ironic that an icon like Jeep, famous for its rugged simplicity, should now have a model whose check-first buying advice includes ensuring that all the electronics work and having the dealer hack into the computer for fault codes.


2006-2010 Jeep Commander
Body type Four-door SUV
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD
Airbags Dual front
Engines 3.7-liter, 210-horsepower SOHC V-6; 4.7-liter, 235-305-horsepower SOHC V-8; 5.7-liter, 330-357-horsepower OHV V-8
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS
Price range, whilesale/retail (est) $12,625/$16,890 (2006 Sport V-6); $29,200/$34,730 (2009 Overland Hemi V-8 4WD)
Recalls Too many to list; see www.intellichoice.com
NHTSA frontal impact rating, driver/pass Five stars/five stars