Jeep Commander to Retire Soon

By: Lisa Ziegler

Jeep Commander fans will not like the rumor circulating that the production of the Jeep Commander will soon stop although Jeep parts like , etc. will continuously be manufactured. The Commander is one of those vehicles that possess three rows of seats and have the ability to virtually go anywhere the driver's heart desires. And mind you not every vehicle has such level of endurance and performance that the Commander has.

Despite the similarity in size of the Commander to the Grand Cherokee it is a different vehicle. First of all its slab-sided nature exudes a classic air that goes way back to the time of the original Cherokee and its predecessor the somewhat awkward Wagoneer. This however doesn't mean that the Commander has an outdated style as a matter of fact the result of a straw poll indicates that many Jeep buyers appreciates the big, bold and boxy look that the Commander has.

And by raising the Commander's roof by 75 millimeters or more provides the interior with additional room for the three rows of seats which creates a sort of theater like sitting arrangement that gives the impression of a better view. The three row seats although "cool" has drawbacks it makes getting in and out of the Commander a challenge due to the limited space created.

As with just about every other vehicle with a third row, the Commander offers great options which includes a 7.5 cubic feet of cargo space that is aside from the underfloor cargo bin that the Commander has. And by dropping the 50/50 split third row an additional 36.4 cubic feet of space is added and with the 40/20/40 split second row down the Commander can effortlessly accommodates 68.9 cubic feet of cargo.

The Commander also offers engine choices which include a 3.7 liter V6 engine, a 4.7 liter V8 engine and the range topping 5.7 liter V8 Hemi. If you prefer real power then the Hemi is the only way to go that is of course if you can afford the $10,000-plus bump from Sport to Limited as it delivers a leading towing capacity of 3,357 kilograms. And don't forget that with power comes a huge requirement of gas, the same goes with the 5.7 liter V8 Hemi Commander, you have to keep its tank gas full always.

The Commander being a Jeep naturally would be equipped with a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. The base Quadra-Trac I drives all four wheels all the time unfortunately it does not include low-range gear set needed for a more than casual off-road outing. The Quadra-Trac II however is a different story since the transfer case adds the missing ingredient which is a 2.72:1 low-range. Between these two the Quadra-Trac II is more preferred.

The Commander is also equipped with an electronically controlled clutch in the centre differential, and front and rear electronically controlled limited-slip differentials. With all these plus more it is simply impossible to get stuck with a Commander.

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