2008 Jeep Commander Interior
The interior of the 2008 Jeep Commander is comfortable for most occupants, but not as luxurious or roomy as competitors. Thesays the "interior is roomy, handsome and well-designed."
Despite the MSN reports "The Commander's third row seat is best suited to kids, not to normal-size adults except on very short trips." Also of the third row, Car and Driver notes, "The uneven floor made it tricky to climb back there, and ‘climb' is the correct descriptor."finding "The first row of seating is ample; the second row, spacious,"
Reviewers agree that the first two rows of seating in the Commander are comfortable. "Four adults can ride in comfort, five in a pinch, with easy access. Only smaller children will want to ride in (or be able to climb easily back into) the Commander's third-row seat," reports Forbes. "Jeep's first three-row vehicle provides good two-row room," adds Kelley Blue Book.
In the first row, The Auto Channel notes "The driver and passenger seats are very comfortable with ample leg and head room." Car and Driver adds that the Commander allows for a "near-perfect driving position."
The second row, most reviewers note, is comfortable and roomy, as long as the driver and front passenger don't move their seats back too far. Reviewers save most of their complaints for the third row. MSN reports, "The Commander's third row seat is best suited to kids, not to normal-size adults except on very short trips. Access to the third row seat is gotten by flipping the second-row seat forward. That's no problem, but reaching the third seat area is a cumbersome process even for nimble adults." With the third row headrests in place, the driver's vision may be slightly obstructed, posing more of a safety hazard than simple discomfort for the passengers.
Visibility issues arise when discussing seating comfort and height. Car and Driver says, "Come to think of it, the driver's view isn't so vast, limited by the stubby, upright windshield." Visibility is actually better in the second row. Cars.com reports a "significant blind spot at five o'clock."
Standard interior features include power front windows, heated power mirrors, eight-way power driver's seat, air conditioning, cruise control, AM/FM/CD six-speaker audio and tire pressure monitoring warning. The Commander offers manual window shades in case it becomes uncomfortably bright out.
Among these features, MSN urges, "Be sure to check out the Commander's nifty skylights in the roof above the second row. These tinted-glass windows don't open, but they add an airy feel inside." The Car Connection thinks, "Most impressive was the Limited's leather- and woodgrain-trimmed interior. The buttery leather front buckets provided excellent comfort and support on off-road ruts and bumps as well as on long freeway runs."
Stereo and Entertainment
The Jeep Commander comes with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. There is also a SIRIUS satellite radio, which is standard as well, and Bluetooth connectivity available as an option. Despite this enhanced stereo system, CNET complains, "Another quibble was that the radio was unable to scan and find a popular radio station in San Francisco that other car radios have had no trouble locating." They add, "The Boston Acoustics ‘premium' six-CD stereo sounded good even at high volume, although the bass was a bit muddy."
New for 2008, Commanders now have the optional MyGIG multimedia infotainment system, offering a 276-watt sound system with six speakers, voice activated navigation, and a rearview camera.
The Jeep Commander holds a maximum cargo capacity of 68.9 cubic feet. However Edmunds, the 2008 Commander "still doesn't have as much cargo space as its competitors." This problem is intensified when comparing the Commander with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. As MSN says, "Of course, the Commander's third row also folds flat, as do the second-row seats when not needed. So maximum cargo room is 68.9 cubic feet. This compares with 67.4 cubic feet in the slightly shorter-length and narrower Grand Cherokee." The Car Connection notes, "The second row splits 40/20/40, the standard third row 50/50, and both fold flat for cargo. To accommodate the stadium seating, the roof steps up 3.15 inches over the middle row."