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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
The cramped 3rd row suits only grade-schoolers
Big, but not inside
Road and wind noise stay in check on the highway
Too much hard plastic for an SUV in this price range
The Jeep Commander is not a true luxury SUV, and it never let occupants forget that; however, it still retains sturdy construction and off-road prowess.
Consumer Guide says the Commander’s front seats provide "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."
"Headroom is adequate,” says ConsumerGuide about the Commander’s second-row seats, “but legroom is very tight...three-abreast travel is best left to brief rides.” According to Kelley Blue Book, the third row has just 28.9 inches of legroom and 35.7 inches of headroom. "The cramped 3rd row suits only grade-schoolers, and is overly complicated to access,” contends Consumer Guide.
When the third-row seat is lowered, storage space becomes a strong suit of the Commander. To this regard Consumer Guide comments, "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." Cars.com reports that 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," 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."
Although the 2009 Jeep Commander is a definite upgrade compared to the old Cherokee, reviewers' opinions are mixed. Edmunds calls the interior materials "lackluster" and cites "too much hard plastic for an SUV in this price range," while Cars.com remarks, "The silver plastic surrounding the center controls and window switches is respectable in quality." ConsumerGuide ranks the 2009 Commander "among the quietest traditional truck-type SUVs." And Kelley Blue Book is impressed with the leather and wood grain-trimmed interior found in the Limited version. 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."
The 2009 Jeep Commander’s third row is strictly for kids, but its first two rows of seating are quite comfortable; don’t expect luxurious, though.