|See what the automotive press is writing about the Jeep Commander|
Now that everyone has had about a week to digest the new Jeep Commander, we thought we'd take a quick look at what the automotive media is reporting.
AutoBlog.com (Walter J Keegan Jr):
OK - I was ready to hate it - to walk right up to it and be scared, but I came away satisfied that it is a Jeep. The truck is too big in person to make it look like an original Cherokee, and it wears the classic Jeep look well. Color me silly, for a Jeep person that needs 7 passenger room, the Commander fits. I just wish the hood was taller in the middle - it would give it the Wagoneer look.
AutoBlog.com (David Thomas):
Prepare to be horrified. We rarely completely trash vehicles. But there is always an exception to that rule. The Jeep Commander has to be one of the most unappealing vehicles, as far as appearance, weíve seen in this siteís ten months of existence. In recent times, only the Pontiac Aztec has been uglier.
Itís so cleverly hidden behind the luggage rack that at first glance you donít notice the Jeep Commanderís key feature. The stepped roof yields more than three inches of headroom for third-row passengers, and Jeepís first third-row seat is the whole point.
Jeep had to build the 2006 Commander, if for no other reason than to match the seating capacity of its competitors. But, as is the case with most of those competitors' vehicles, that third-row seat is basically useless to anyone over a few feet tall. And that's just for city driving - put some adults in that back row and take advantage of the Commander's trail-rated capabilities, and you'll likely find yourself charged with torture. For those who require that miniscule third seat and like the throwback styling, the 2006 Jeep Commander will likely fit the bill as a versatile off-roader.
"It looks like a very big brother to the old Cherokee," said Jeff Brodowski, an auto analyst with J.D. Power and Associates, referring to the popular Jeep SUV model that was phased out in 2001 and replaced by the midsize Liberty SUV.
Brodowski projects annual sales of 60,000 to 70,000 for Commander, which would make it one of the top five best-selling large SUVs on the market.