Although retail sales remain unimpressive, the 2009 Jeep Commander is considered by several editors from TheCarConnection.com to be a handsome SUV. It certainly contains two fundamental cues sought out by SUV shoppers—a big and strong appearance. It also has an instantly recognizable Jeep face, lest you mistake it for a HUMMER, which also sports a seven-slot grille.
As the largest and most luxurious SUV in Jeep’s model lineup, the 2009 Commander features a range of configurations from the standard Sport model to the loaded Overland and the Limited model in between.
In many ways the 2009 Jeep Commander strikes a close resemblance to the old Cherokee—the loss of which Jeep lovers have long lamented. With its squared-off styling and tall stance, it maintains Jeep's rugged, simple design aesthetic. According to Kelley Blue Book, the Jeep Commander "bears a striking resemblance to the formers beloved and boxy design." Cars.com states, "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 commends its "classic good looks."
The Jeep Commander's interior styling is straightforward. Consumer Guide 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 that the Jeep Commander’s "upscale two-tone decor makes for an attractive interior." Kelley Blue Book agrees, describing the 2009 Commander 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."