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STYLING | 8 out of 10
An upscale two-tone decor makes for an attractive interior
Bolted-together industrial look
Kelley Blue Book
Classic Jeep styling
Car and Driver
Instantly recognizable as a Jeep
The 2008 Jeep Commander is Jeep's largest, most luxurious SUV, and it sports new configurations for the 2008 model year, ranging from the base Sport model to the loaded Overland, with the Limited filling the gap between the two.
While sales might not be on fire, the 2008 Jeep Commander is considered by several editors from TheCarConnection.com to be a handsome SUV. It certainly looks big and strong, two fundamental cues sought out by SUV shoppers. It also has an instantly recognizable Jeep face--unless you mistake it for a HUMMER, which also sports a seven-slot grille.
Jeep lovers have long lamented the loss of the original Cherokee, but the Jeep Commander "bears a striking resemblance to the former's beloved and boxy design," says Kelley Blue Book. Cars.com writes, "The Commander's shape made it instantly recognizable as a Jeep when it arrived in early 2005, and it remains fresh today," citing its "slab-sided body and boxlike hood." Car and Driver also praises what it calls "classic Jeep styling," and Edmunds deems "classic good looks." In many ways, the Jeep Commander, 2008 edition, does look like a larger version of the old Cherokee. With its squared-off styling and tall stance, it maintains Jeep's rugged, simple design aesthetic.
Inside, the Jeep Commander's styling is straightforward. Round gauges are nestled into a squared-off dash that brings the angularity of the exterior inside. ConsumerGuide reports that the "Sport's cabin is more rugged than rich, appropriate for a vehicle with off-road pretensions," adding that the Limited's "extra trim and leather upholstery creates a more upscale ambiance." Edmunds echoes this sentiment, saying of the Jeep Commander, "An upscale two-tone decor makes for an attractive interior." Kelley Blue Book agrees in this department, describing the Jeep Commander, 2008 model as offering "far better interior accommodations" than the old Cherokee. Cars.com focuses on the more rugged elements inside the Jeep Commander, noting that the "dashboard's upper sections have exposed Allen-head screws, there's no shortage of A/C vents, and most surfaces are hard to the touch."
The 2008 Jeep Commander evokes the best of the brand’s classic design cues, inside and out.