2010 Jeep Commander Performance
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While the Commander is nearly unstoppable off-road, many SUV buyers will find its ride rough and trucky and its engines unrefined.
- "There are sleeker, less-expensive and more fuel-efficient SUV and crossover wagon choices available to get you around town." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "It drives very trucklike, a downer in today's world of refined crossovers." -- Car and Driver
Acceleration and Power
The base Jeep Commander Sport has the standard 3.7-liter V6 capable of 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. The Limited model is a bit more powerful, and comes with a 5.7 liter HEMI engine --which is a reviewer favorite and optional on the Sport. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the rear-wheel-drive Jeep Commander with the V6 engine gets 14 miles per gallon in the city and 19 on the highway. The four-wheel-drive V6 gets the same.
- "The standard 3.7-liter V6 is adequate on- or off-road with light passenger and cargo loads, but would be underpowered with heavier loads or at higher altitudes." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Commander shares Grand Cherokee's engines but weighs 400 lb more, blunting acceleration by comparison. Still, helped by an alert automatic transmission, the V6 has surprising spirit, with adequate power off the line and around town. It labors in highway passing and merging." -- Consumer Guide
Handling and Braking
Reviewers agree that the Commander's handling is good for an SUV that's designed for heavy off-roading, but off-road capability means that on-road performance lags behind competitors. However, a few note that the Commander is comfortable on the highway. For an SUV with better driveability, check out the Chevrolet Tahoe. It's more expensive than the Commander, but you get a lot more for your money.
- "Evasive maneuvering, on the other hand, is as frightening as the Commander's proportions would suggest.The high roof, the narrow width, and the floppy tire sidewalls-which, at the end of our testing, showed landmark shoulder-block feathering-combine for relentless understeer at the limit and truly unsettling transient behavior. If it's anything smaller than a Sitting Bull in the road, your safest bet is to stand on the brakes-which aren't as effective as they should be, with braking from 70 mph to 0 taking 205 feet-and auger in." -- Car and Driver
- "Commander absorbs most bumps with little harshness. A solid-feeling structure enhances the impression of car-like comfort, though some testers cited some unwanted float over highway-speed dips and swells." -- Consumer Guide
- "The 2009 Jeep Commander has a comfortable, serene ride. Some drivers might find its undulating body motions excessive when driven over bumps, however. " -- Edmunds
- "Highway tracking is excellent, and it is very stable on the road."-- AutoWeek
One stand-out attraction to the Jeep Commander is in its ability to drive off the road.