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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Instantly recognizable as a Jeep
Classic Jeep styling
Car and Driver
Far better interior accommodations
Kelley Blue Book
An upscale two-tone decor makes for an attractive interior
Underneath its skin, the 2010 Jeep Commander is closely related to the Grand Cherokee, but on the outside, it introduces a boxier body and a reconfigured interior over similar components. The boxy shape takes after Jeep tradition, especially following the styling cues left off with the last Cherokee, and has a large, muscular appearance, which is what many SUV buyers still want. It also has an instantly recognizable Jeep face, though you may 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 2010 Commander features a range of configurations from the standard Sport model to the top Limited trim. There used to be an Overland trim that sat above the Limited trim model, but Jeep nixes this for 2010.
In many ways the 2010 Jeep Commander strikes a close resemblance to the old Cherokee—a loss that 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 reports that "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."
Jeep styles the cabin of the Commander in a straightforward fashion. The squared-off dash houses round gauges that bring the boxiness of the exterior to the vehicle’s interior and tie the styling together. The Jeep Commander's interior styling is straightforward. 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." 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 that the Jeep Commander’s "upscale two-tone decor makes for an attractive interior." Kelley Blue Book agrees, describing the 2010 Commander as offering "far better interior accommodations" than the old Cherokee.
Few will argue that the 2010 Jeep Commander has rugged, classic Jeep good looks that strike a chord with off-road enthusiasts.