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2009 Jeep Commander

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2009 Jeep Commander Review

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Jeep purists never got over the loss of the original Cherokee, so it's no surprise the 2009 Jeep Commander bears a striking resemblance to the former's beloved and boxy design. Unlike the old Cherokee, the Commander offers far better interior accommodations, including a third-row seat. The Commander is Jeep's largest SUV to date and, although it shares much of its chassis and suspension with the Grand Cherokee (as well as the availability of a HEMI V8 engine), no one will ever mistake the two. While the Commander doesn't offer the same cargo space as a full-sized Chevrolet Tahoe or even Dodge Durango, it should suit most families looking for a workable combination of comfort, power and superior off-road ability.

You'll Like This Car If...

This is the SUV for you if you like the bolted-together industrial look, want seven-passenger capacity and have an occasional desire for serious off-road capability. If you covet Jeep's tough "Trail Rated" image and reputation in a quiet, fully-equipped, leather-lined cabin, you'll like the 2009 Jeep Commander all the more.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your SUV needs are more about fashion than function, and/or your driving preferences are more attuned to on-road ride and handling than off-road aptitude, this may not be the car for you. There are sleeker, less-expensive and more fuel-efficient SUV and crossover wagon choices available to get you around town.

What's New for 2009

Changes for 2009 include more power and better fuel economy with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, and the addition of tire pressure monitoring system information to the instrument cluster. New options include auto-leveling HID headlamps, rain sensing wipers and new Leather Appearance Package.

Driving the Commander

Driving Impressions The standard 3.7-liter V6 is adequate on- or off-road with light passenger and cargo loads, but would be underpowered with heavier loads or at higher altitudes. Steering is nicely weighted...

and fairly precise, while the on-road ride is surprisingly quiet and smooth. Braking is strong and fade-free. Compared to the only slightly more economical V6, the 4.7-liter V8 delivers considerably more torque and horsepower, is a much better performer and hauler and is recommended for its superior balance of power, price and fuel economy. The hot-rod HEMI V8 is delightfully smooth and powerful at any speed, as you would expect. Given its hefty weight and high center of gravity, on-road cornering is not the Commander's forte, but truly impressive off-road capability is. Also impressive are the Limited's leather- and woodgrain-trimmed interior and ultra-comfortable front bucket seats.

HEMI V8 Engine
This smooth and muscular powerplant, named for its '50s high-performance ancestors, is an always-eager sweetheart, electronically tethered to your throttle foot. Despite its size, power and simple OHV (pushrod) valvetrain, it delivers EPA fuel economy ratings of 14 miles per gallon city and 20 miles per gallon highway, due to its Multi-Displacement System (MDS), which transparently disables four of its eight cylinders at light loads to conserve fuel.

Quadra-Drive II Active Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive
Jeep's most advanced four-wheel-drive technology, Quadra-Drive II uses front and rear Electronic Slip Differentials (ELSDs) to transfer up to all available torque to any individual wheel with traction. Standard with the HEMI V8 and available with the other two engines, it is as capable in difficult conditions as any system, either on or off the road.

2009 Jeep Commander Details
2009 Jeep Commander photo Interior

Jeep's first three-row vehicle provides good two-row room, but we wouldn't want to spend much time in that way-back third row with just 28.9 inches of legroom and 35.7 inches of headroom. Behind it are grocery hooks and a bin with a clever three-way lid, but little cargo capacity with the seatbacks up. Echoing the exterior's "bold, rugged, constructed" theme, the base Commander cabin has cloth seats and a nicely textured upper dash. Sixteen Allen-head screws retain eight large, round air vents, while simulated Allen heads encircle the gearshift knob and steering wheel hub. The second row splits 40/20/40, the third row 50/50, and both fold flat for cargo.

Exterior

While the Commander's shape is cinder-block blunt, much wind-tunnel effort has been devoted to reducing aerodynamic drag for fuel efficiency and interior quietness. The big, blocky outside mirrors, for example, are virtually invisible to the wind, according to the vehicle's chief designer. The roof is raised 3.15 inches, with the upturn beginning over the second row to provide more headroom. The roof-rack stanchions resemble buttress-style bridge supports, and five large simulated Allen screws appear to hold on each trapezoidal fender flare. The uplevel Limited wears chrome on its signature seven-slot grille, front fascia, body-side moldings, roof-rail crossbars and the two large liftgate grab handles that assist access to rooftop cargo.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 Jeep Commander Sport boasts a 3.7-liter V6 engine, Quadra-Trac 1 (4x4 models), 17-inch machined-face wheels with painted pockets, power front windows, heated power mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, AM/FM/CD six-speaker audio and rear park assist. Its standard safety package includes multi-stage front and three-row side-curtain airbags, tire pressure monitoring and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with "Roll Mitigation" that senses an impending roll-over and works to prevent it. The loaded Limited adds a 4.7-liter V8 engine, leather seats with heated fronts and a four-way power passenger's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear heating and air conditioning, power-adjustable pedals, CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 player with gps touchscreen, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, power flip-up liftgate glass, power sun roof, ParkView rear back-up camera and twin tinted second-row skylights.

Optional Equipment

Available options include the Overland trim, which adds a 5.7-liter HEMI engine, 18-inch wheels, platinum finish trim and grille work and suede seats with Overland embroidery. Other options include driver's eight-way and passenger's four-way power seats, an engine block heater, 20G hard drive audio and navigation system, ParkView rear backup camera, auto-leveling HID headlights, rain sensing wipers, power rear liftgate, uconnect hands-free communication, rear heating and air conditioning, rear-seat DVD with nine-inch screen, "Saddle Brown" seating surfaces and a "popular equipment group" that includes heated front seats, power-adjustable pedals and adjustable roof-rail crossbars. Four-wheel-drive choices include Quadra-Trac I (V6 model), Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II.

Under the Hood

Chrysler's modern HEMI V8 gets all the attention, but it is costly and, despite the best efforts of its fuel-saving MDS, less fuel-efficient than its more affordable stablemates. Potential buyers should test drive and consider the more frugal V6 or the mid-range V8, depending upon their anticipated towing and hauling needs. The HEMI is more glamorous and more fun when you tickle its throttle, but you don't need 357 horses to cruise around town on level ground.

3.7-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (2WD), 14/19 (4WD)

4.7-liter V8
305 horsepower @ 5650 rpm
334 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD, gasoline), 13/18 (4WD, gasoline), 9/13 (2WD, E85), 9/12 (4WD, E85)

5.7-liter V8 HEMI
357 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
389 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4350 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/19 (4WD)

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2009 Jeep Commander Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.8
Out of 10

Based on 687 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Love my Jeep

By on Sunday, January 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, ride, quiet, features, reliability, comfort"

Cons: "They don't make it anymore."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2007 Jeep Commander Limited with the Hemi has 81,000 mi of trouble free driving. It is comfortable, quiet, and a great tow rig. I use it to tow autos on an 18 foot car hauler and it handles it great. I just took a 4500 mi trip with it from Oregon to Michigan over Christmas and it performed flawlessly. I averaged 17mpg going east and 16.5 going west back to Oregon. We drove the speed limit which in several states was 80mph and were heavily loaded. We drove long days 14 t0 15 hours and it was very comfortable. More comfortable than many cars I have driven. It has great power for passing and the mountain passes. We used the four wheel drive several times and it has amazing traction in snow and on ice. I have owned several 4X4 Suv’s beginning in the 60’s with Scouts and it is amazing how far they have come. The Commander has every luxury feature you could want and many more features then luxury cars of just a few years ago. This Commander has been an outstanding vehicle."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

The best overall SUV I ever owened. Seven total.

By on Monday, November 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,823

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun, Tight, great breaking, great in bad weather."

Cons: "Little more room in rear of 3rd row seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The stadium seating of 7 is great. comfort and reliability absolutely the best. I wish Chrysler still made them."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

LOVE this COMMANDER!!!

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable, smooth, powerful, nice dash space"

Cons: "lousy gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I was in a pinch for new wheels, time constraints, I was scrambling. Wasn't even considering a Jeep, was looking for a 4WD quad cab truck. The dealership had a 2006 on the lot, it looked great, almost mint condition. I took it for a test drive and was blown away first by the power ( V8 4.7 Liter ), then I was blown away by the comfort, ease, drivability, the attractive interior ( the rivets look badass!! ) and all the great options and standard features. This is a luxury rugged vehicle!! Now that I've owned it for several months I've decided to put a 2 inch lift on it, some beefier tires, and probably a grille guard. Right now it looks like a luxury family ride. I aim to put a snarl on it's face, change the demeanor a bit. It handles great, drives like a Caddy. Unfortunately I can't speak to the way it performs off road or in snow and ice because I've not had the chance for those driving conditions. I'll be back to let you know what happens! My only complaint is the gas mileage. It's pretty bad, but for it's performance, I'll suck it up. It's an all around great ride."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

My favorite vehicle ever.

By on Sunday, August 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun to drive. Good in the snow."

Cons: "gas mileage was the only issue."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This Jeep took me and my children through many winters. reliable and dependable. Loved this car. Only issue was the gas mileage."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Absolutely LOVE my COMMANDER!

By on Saturday, June 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,800

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "EVERYTHING"

Cons: "They havent made a new model."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned my 2009 JEEP COMMANDER for over a year now. I did not purchase this vehicle new but it was new to me. I love the way it drives and the space is more than I need for our family. I feel we are safe in this vehicle. It is a little frustrating having to bend down to see the traffic lights, however having that extra space between myself and the windshield is well worth it. I havent had any issues other than the usual maitenance. I will hold on to the my COMMANDER in hopes that they come out with another addition. By far my favorite vehicle. I have been reading all the negative comments and am truly surprised."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Love Jeeps have owned two Jeeps over the last 16yr

By on Friday, May 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and lots of room for the family"

Cons: "Not everone owns one (Its a Jeep thing)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The commander is the best Jeep I have ever owned. I will always own a Jeep. Have had so much fun in my last two and hope to continue down the rugged path of Jeeps."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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