2008 Jeep Commander

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2008 Jeep Commander Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Jeep Commander was new.

The Commander delivers solid off road performance, but can't match the on road capabilities and gas mileage of others in its class.

7.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 6.9
Safety:
This model has never been tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-roading capabilities
  • Perfect safety scores in frontal crash tests
  • Less-than-average gas mileage for the large SUV class
  • Cramped optional third-row seat

2008 Jeep Commander Overview

The 2008 Jeep Commander is a niche vehicle for people who like to go off-road and need a lot of passenger room. Though it has good performance, its interior is not as comfortable as others in the class. The Commander's starting MSRP is close to the starting price for a midsize Jeep Grand Cherokee, making it seem like a good value. Higher trims and added options, however, can quickly increase the price. Also, skyrocketing gas prices have made fuel efficiency a major deciding factor when purchasing a SUV, and others in this class offer more space for the same -- or better -- fuel economy as the Commander. The 2008 Commander, largely a carryover from the 2007 model year, is available in three trims, the Sport, Limited and Overland, and is available as a rear-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle.

  • "The Commander should be attractive to families that need four-wheel-drive capability for vacations, camping, or challenging winters." -- Automotive.com
  • "Buy the Commander if you want a full-size, rugged SUV that can tackle off-road terrain but is also decked out with high-end features; you need seating for seven." -- Forbes
  • "If your goal is simply to seat seven, buy a minivan." -- Car and Driver
  • "We're having a hard time determining who it is intended to appeal to--and whether that group will actually find it appealing. While it is a rugged, well-equipped SUV, the Commander seems to us to be an odd mix. Is it a vehicle for lugging the family around in (a militarized minivan), or is it a rugged mountain machine for a gaggle of guys? By catering to both, we think it fails to sufficiently appeal to either group." -- CNET

The 2008 Commander, largely a carryover from the 2007 model year, is available in three trims, the Sport, Limited and Overland, and is available as a rear-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle.

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