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2007 Jeep Commander

The Jeep Commander is a mid-sized SUV introduced in 2006 to compete with other top-of-the-line SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada. It was first introduced at the 2005 New York Auto Show. It is a 7-passenger SUV and is just 2 inches longer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee. But the Commander is sometimes considered too small and carlike for full-size SUV buyers. It has much more boxy styling, with an upright windshield and squared-off sides. The roof is stepped for the second and third-row seats (which are mounted higher than the first-row seats), but is disguised, as on the GMC Envoy XL, by a roof rack. It also features three moonroofs.

See Wikicars' comprehensive Jeep Commander Review.

Recent Changes

The Commander was introduced to the Jeep lineup in 2006, and it remains largely unchanged for 2007.

Styles and Major Options

The Commander comes in three trim levels, the Sport, Limited, and Overland. Depending upon trim level, three different engines are offered as well. The Sport is available in either a 3.7L 210hp V6 or a 4.7L 235hp V8; the Limited offers either the 4.7L V8 or a 5.7L 330hp V8; and the Overland only comes with the 5.7L V8. In addition, the 4.7L V8 is also offered in a flex-fuel version. Two wheel drive is the standard, but four wheel drive is available for all models. Some of the standout features include:

Sport

  • 17" silver alloy wheels
  • 8-way power driver (4-way passenger) front bucket seats
  • Cloth seating trim
  • Manual front air conditioning
  • 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
  • Cruise control
  • ParkSense rear park distance control
  • Compass, exterior temperature monitor, trip computer
  • Power locks, windows, mirrors
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Limited

  • 8-way power driver (4-way passenger) heated front bucket seats w/driver memory
  • Leather seating
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Simulated wood dashboard insert
  • Express open/close sunroof
  • Roof rack
  • Dual zone front automatic air conditioning
  • Rear air with separate controls
  • 6-speaker Boston Acoustics AM/FM/MP3/SIRIUS/6CD changer audio system with amp
  • Homelink Wireless Control System
  • Rain detecting wipers

Overland

  • Simulated suede/leather seating
  • Genuine wood dashboard insert
  • Cargo net
  • Navigation system
  • Leather/genuine wood steering wheel
  • Rear tow hook, trailering hitch & harness

Pricing

Today's actual prices for the Jeep Commander can be found at CarsDirect.

Commander Trims

Sport 2WD

Limited 2WD

Overland 2WD

Sport 4WD

Limited 4WD

Overland 4WD

MSRP

$27,915

$36,025

$40,510

$29,915

$38,645

$43,975

Invoice

$25,684

$32,902

$36,894

$27,489

$35,259

$40,003

Gas Mileage

As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:

Trim

3.7L V6
2WD

4.7L V8
2WD flex-fuel

5.7L V8
2WD

3.7L V6
4WD

4.7L V8
4WD flex-fuel

5.7L V8
4WD

MPG

16/20

Gas: 15/19
E85: 10/14

15/19

16/19

Gas: 15/19
E85: 10/13

14/18

Reliability

The Commander is a brand new vehicle which only made its debut in 2006, so accurate reliability information for it is not yet available.

  • RECALL ALERT: On Sept 21st 2007, Jeep issued a recall involving 28,755 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commanders made between May 17 and July 13 2007 due to a manufacturing mistake involving the disc brakes that could cause the clamper to fracture and stop functioning. [1]

Safety

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The Commander performed fairly well in safety tests carried out by the NHTSA. For all front-impact crash tests, it received 5-Star ratings, and tests for rollover yielded a 3-Star rating. No tests were performed for side-impact. Some of the standard safety features on the Commander include:

Photos

Colors

Available colors will vary by trim, and a complete list is viewable at CarsDirect.com. Some of the possible combinations are:

Exterior

  • Black Clearcoat
  • Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Light Graystone Pearlcoat
  • Red Rock Crystal Pearlcoat
  • Steel Blue Metallic Clearcoat
  • Stone White Clearcoat

Interior

  • Dark Khaki/Light Graystone
  • Dark Slate Gray/Light Graystone
  • Khaki
  • Medium Slate Gray

Main Competitors

Hybrid Models

The mid-level engine of the Jeep Commander comes in a flexible fuel version, which utilizes E85 ethanol in addition to gasoline. This engine is a 4.7L V8 that pumps out 235hp at 4,600 RPM and 295 lbs.-ft. of torque at 3,600 RPM. It is available in 45 states.

Unique Attributes

Resale Values

According to Kelley Blue Book, "the Commander is expected to hold an average resale value, on par with the Grand Cherokee and Hummer H2, but below that of the Toyota 4Runner."

Criticisms

  • "...no matter which motor you choose, fuel economy is an oxymoron with the Commander." - AutoSite.com
  • "Fold all the seats and the Commander features a disappointing 68.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, besting the Grand Cherokee by just 1.5 cubes." - AutoSite.com
  • "Indeed, when all seven seats in the Commander are in use, there's just a narrow stretch of cargo space right up against the rear tailgate. It's enough for a few grocery bags or a couple normal-sized suitcases. The rest of your stuff has to go on the roof." - MSN Autos
  • "If your SUV needs are more about fashion than function, and/or your driving preferences are more attuned to on-road ride and handling than off-road aptitude, this may not be the car for you. There are sleeker, less expensive and more fuel-efficient SUV and crossover wagon choices available to get you around town." - Kelley Blue Book

Generations

Current Generation: (2006–Present)

Supposedly, the Jeep Wagoneer was the Commander's initial inspiration, this may be evident as its exterior resembles the styling. Although its design is very square-like, the Commander's basic platform is based off of the third generation Grand Cherokee.

Worldwide

Design quirks and oddities

Jeep is the third company to produce a vehicle called the Commander, after the Studebaker Commander and the Scammell Commander.

Awards

See also

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