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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, front impact--driver; five stars, front impact--passenger
Not yet tested
Standard safety features include side curtain airbags for all three rows
Thick roof pillars and theater-style seating combine to block rear visibility almost entirely
The 2008 Jeep Commander performs well in crash tests, but rollover resistance is lower.
In tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Commander received the best rating of five stars for frontal impact crash tests; it has not been tested by the NHTSA for side impact resistance. However, it scored three stars in the NHTSA's rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the vehicle.
Every Jeep Commander comes with side curtain airbags for all three rows, with tip sensors so that they'll deploy during a rollover, reports Cars.com. Every Jeep Commander also includes an electronic stability system, traction control, and four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes. Cars.com writes that the "stability system uses Chrysler's Electronic Roll Mitigation, which attempts to intuit an imminent rollover and trigger preventative braking measures." Kelley Blue Book notes that child door locks and engine immobilizer are also standard on the 2008 Jeep Commander.
Rear visibility is an issue with the Commander. ConsumerGuide states, "Thick roof pillars and theater-style seating combine to block rear visibility almost entirely," and Cars.com adds that when the headrest-equipped third-row bench is upright, "visibility out the rear window all but disappears." A rearview camera is available on the Commander.
The 2008 Jeep Commander gets good crash-test scores, but you’ll need the rearview camera to overcome visibility issues.