2006 Jeep Commander Overview


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65th Anniversary Edition
65th Anniversary Edition 4x4
Avg. Price: $10,620
Base 4X4
Avg. Price: $11,344
Avg. Price: $13,488
Limited 4X4
Avg. Price: $13,687

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Average User Score

4.55 stars

Based on 32 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

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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.


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