Automobile.com writer Kay Layne, has posted a positive and educational review of the 2006 Jeep Commander.
Whats old is now made new again, but with a twist in the 2006 Commander. This is the first seven passenger Jeep, ever. For all of you who miss the rugged classic styling of the Jeep Cherokee that graced the planet from 1984 to 2001, then you will love the look of the new Commander.
Boxy is the name of the game, starting with a traditional seven-slot grille, which is flanked by circular headlight lenses in rectangular casings; the timeless lines carrying through to the upright windshield. You wont find any wimpy curves here, its all about solid and strong angles, paying homage to Jeeps military and off-roading roots.
While this Commander may have a bit of a retro look to it, there is a lot that is modern beyond the sheetmetal. Actually, it shares more than a few traits with the recently redesigned Grand Cherokee. Its two inches longer, however, which allows for a third row. The Commander and the Grand Cherokee share the same suspension, powertrain and 4×4 systems. Both incorporate rack and pinion steering and an independent front suspension. Built with the same underpinnings, the Commander is just as handy off road as its brother. The new SUV has earned the coveted Trail Rated designation, meaning it has been designed to certain standards when it comes to five categories: ground clearance, traction, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. So you can have a good time getting off the beaten track with six of your closest friends.