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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Too much hard plastic for an SUV in this price range
The cramped 3rd row suits only grade-schoolers
Big, but not inside
Road and wind noise stay in check on the highway
Despite its relatively high price tag, the 2010 Jeep Commander is not a true luxury SUV, and it never lets occupants forget that; that said, it still retains sturdy construction and off-road prowess.
Edmunds finds that the Commander’s front seats are "comfortable," and ConsumerGuide agrees, noting that they provide "ample headroom, legroom, and shoulder space for even large adults, but flat seat bottoms lack support for longer trips.” Cars.com also remarks the front seats are "well-cushioned and durable," and adds 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 ConsumerGuide.
When the third-row seat is lowered, storage space becomes a strong suit of the Commander. In this regard, ConsumerGuide states, "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 on the inside of 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 2010 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." Meanwhile, Cars.com remarks that "the silver plastic surrounding the center controls and window switches is respectable in quality."
ConsumerGuide ranks the Jeep Commander as being "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 that "road and wind noise stay in check on the highway, but the Commander's poor aerodynamics mean crosswinds can catch drivers off-guard." Kelley Blue Book, however, also has good things to say about the ride quality, commenting that "the on-road ride is surprisingly quiet and smooth."
The 2010 Jeep Commander is no luxury SUV, and its interior isn't entirely delightful, but provided you keep the third row for small kids, it's reasonably comfortable and spacious for family use.