2006 Jeep Commander Overview


Looking for a Used Commander in your area?

CarGurus has 2,142 nationwide Commander listings starting at $2,995.


Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.



65th Anniversary Edition
65th Anniversary Edition 4x4
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $9,287
Base 4X4
Avg. Price: $9,697
Avg. Price: $10,004
Limited 4X4
Avg. Price: $11,924

Jeep Commander Experts

#1 Theresa Cheek
Theresa Cheek
Reputation 310
#2 Dan Malloy
Dan Malloy
Reputation 80
#2 Williams13
Reputation 80
View All

Have you driven a 2006 Jeep Commander?

Rank this car!

Average User Score

4.55 stars

Based on 34 reviews

Love My Jeep by Jeannie
 — I LOVE my Commander, and love being a Jeep Girl. The commander is a big truck, so be prepared to really "climb in" - or "climb up" to be more specific. This does mean you're sitting pretty on the hi... Read More
The Truck Everyone Should At Least Drive Once. by William
 — When i sat in this car it felt like owned the road. Higher than most jeeps its size, it has 4x4 to get you out of any tough situation. More car than you will ever need for the city, and ideal for co... Read More
Awesome! by Trevor
 — This is pretty much my first car and I love it! Unlike most SUVs this thing has tight steering and doesn't handle like a boat. There's a nice selection of aftermarket products which I have installed o... Read More

2006 Jeep Commander Overview

Overall User Score

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.55

Based on 34 reviews

2006 Jeep Commander

2006 was the debut year for the aptly-named Commander, a somewhat imposing SUV whose appearance is undeniably military. This is the largest vehicle ever built by Jeep, and its inclusion of a third-row seat put it in contention with other manufacturers that produce seven-passenger SUVs.
The look is based on the original Willys-Overland, the old Wagoneer, and the unforgotten Cherokee, but the actual vehicle is based on the Grand Cherokee. They share a wheelbase (but the Commander is two inches longer in body) and most mechanical specs. The Commander is noticeably taller than the Grand Cherokee, especially since it features stadium seating and the accompanying stepped roof.
This original lineup of Commanders consisted of a pair of trims, the base model known simply as Commander (it would be renamed Sport for '07) and the better-appointed Limited. Buyers could choose from three engines, three 4WD systems, and two transfer cases.
Safety was a big consideration in the design of this SUV, and its standard equipment included ABS, traction and stability control, electronic roll mitigation, and side-curtain air bags for all three rows.
Cargo space is at a premium, though, if all three rows of seats are in use. With a full passenger load on an overnight trip, the rooftop and/or tow-behind cargo-carrying equipment is a necessity. Otherwise, with a smaller crowd aboard, the second and third rows can split and fold flat.
Exposed bolt heads added to the no-nonsense, military appearance of the Commander; look at the fenders for an example. There is even some of this on the interior, although a few are false ones put in just for show. (Why bother?)
As expected with a big and boxy behemoth (curb weight approaches 5000 lbs.), fuel economy is nothing to brag about (only  the V6 can claim as high as 20 mph - highway, of course). As for mechanical reliability, according to anecdotal accounts, later-built units seemed to fare better, which is not a surprise with any first-year car.


What's your take on the 2006 Jeep Commander?

People researching a 2006 Jeep Commander contacted a dealer about

Picture of 2006 Jeep Commander Limited 4X4, exterior
Jeep Commander
30% of the time
Jeep Grand Cherokee
12% of the time
Honda Pilot
4% of the time
Toyota 4Runner
4% of the time
Looking for a Used Commander in your area?
CarGurus has 2,142 nationwide Commander listings starting at $2,995.

Jeep Commander Questions


2006 Jeep Commander

I have a 2006 Jeep Commander that has been parked for a few days; was working perfectly until today. It wouldn't/ won't start. It will click but not turn over to crank. Battery is new. I had the ...

107 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 days ago)

Can I Safely Drive My 06 Jeep Commander That Needs The Electronic Shift Mod...

4 views with no answers yet

The Gps Goes Turn Off When I Turn On From Light

5 views with no answers yet
Jonathan Rice

Where Is The Fuse For 2006 Jeep Commander Tag Lamp

6 views with no answers yet

2006 Jeep Commander With A 3.7l And Full Time 4wd. Has An Nv140 Transfer Ca...

11 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 months ago)