2009 Jeep Commander vs. Its Competition

2009 Jeep Commander Sport
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

It's important to note that none of these competitors can match the 2009 Jeep Commander once the road ends—the Commander maintains the advantage here, though the 4Runner and Pathfinder can be equipped quite well for off-roading.

Some of these competitors, however, do offer varying degrees of niceties such as extra room and/or comfort for rear-seat passengers.

The Ford Explorer is one of the roomiest in the class with ample space even way in back.

The Honda Pilot offers seating for eight, outdoing the Commander by one, and has crisp handling and great ride quality.

The Nissan Pathfinder's second row is comfortable, but its very tight third row is similar to the Commander's.

2009 Jeep Commander Sport2009 Jeep CommanderBrowse Used Listings2009 Honda Pilot2009 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings2008 Ford Explorer RWD 4-door V6 XLT Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings2008 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Angular Front Exterior View2008 Nissan PathfinderBrowse Used Listings2008 Toyota 4Runner SR52008 Toyota 4RunnerBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
7.8
While not a great people mover, the 2009 Jeep Commander is a trail-capable Jeep.
8.0
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
8.2
As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
7.6
If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
7.2
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner isn’t as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it’s a good, safe choice.
MSRP From    
$29,380$27,695$26,495$26,980$28,415
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door Sport2WD 4-Door LXRWD 4-Door V6 XLT2WD 4-Door V6 SRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (Natl)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
58575
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door SR5
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Jeep Commander vs. 2009 Honda Pilot2009 Jeep Commander vs. 2008 Ford Explorer2009 Jeep Commander vs. 2008 Nissan Pathfinder2009 Jeep Commander vs. 2008 Toyota 4Runner