Comfort and Quality » 7
QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Ultra-comfortable front bucket seats
Kelley Blue Book
Eight-way power driver's seat has lots of travel
Cramped third row, so-so cargo capacity
Big, but not inside
For Jeep, 2008 finds the marque producing a much larger and more luxurious SUV than the old Cherokee ever was. But the 2008 Jeep Commander never really lets its driver forget that it's still a Jeep, not an Escalade.
Of the Jeep Commander's front seats, ConsumerGuide writes that there's "ample headroom, legroom, and shoulder space for even large adults, but flat seat bottoms lack support for longer trips"; however, Edmunds calls the front seats "comfortable" and Cars.com deems them "well-cushioned and durable," adding that "the standard eight-way power driver's seat has lots of travel."
Regarding the second row, ConsumerGuide says, "Headroom is adequate, but legroom is very tight...three-abreast travel is best left to brief rides"; and of the third row, "The cramped 3rd row suits only grade-schoolers, and is overly complicated to access." The third row has just 28.9 inches of legroom and 35.7 inches of headroom, according to Kelley Blue Book.
Storage space is a strong suit of the Commander, but only when the third-row seat is lowered. ConsumerGuide writes, "Generous space is made more useful by a wide, flat floor and large hatch opening," but notes that, with the third row bench in the "up" position, "available cargo space shrinks to negligible." Inside the Jeep Commander, "A pocketed shelf sits above the glove compartment, and there are several nooks around the gearshift to stash cell phones or parking stubs," Cars.com reports, but adds, "There's just 7.5 cubic feet of luggage space behind the [rear] seats, which is less than half what you'll get in a Nissan Pathfinder."
The 2008 Jeep Commander boasts significant improvements over the luxury level of the old Cherokee, but opinions are mixed. Cars.com writes, "The silver plastic surrounding the center controls and window switches is respectable in quality." But Edmunds calls the interior materials "lackluster" and cites "too much hard plastic for an SUV in this price range." Kelley Blue Book is impressed with the Jeep Commander's leather and woodgrain-trimmed interior as found in the Limited version. ConsumerGuide describes the Jeep Commander, 2008 model as being "among the quietest traditional truck-type SUVs." Cars.com adds, "Road and wind noise stay in check on the highway, but the Commander's poor aerodynamics mean crosswinds can catch drivers off-guard."
Its first two rows of seating are quite comfortable, but the 2008 Jeep Commander’s third row is strictly for kids.