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UPDATED: Jul 23, 2019

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The Jeep Commander was a large SUV produced from 2006 to 2010. Reviewers say that it has impressive off-road capabilities befitting a member of the Jeep family, but it just doesn’t measure up to the competition in other respects.

U.S. News and World Report explains that the Chevrolet Tahoe offers off-road capability with a more comfortable interior, while the Chevy Traverse provides a smoother ride and better fuel economy. You’ll have to sacrifice some off-roading capabilities, though.

Automotive.com says that the 2010 Jeep Commander is an SUV best reserved for large families who need a vehicle capable of tackling rough roads.

Enter your zip code above to compare auto insurance quotes for a Jeep Commander, or read on to see how rates for the Commander compare to those for competing SUVs.

Jeep Commander Auto Insurance Rates

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) projects annual auto insurance premiums totaling $1,288 for the Jeep Commander. This estimate is higher than the $1,030 that the NADA predicts Ford Expedition owners will pay, or the anticipated cost of auto insurance for the Chevrolet Tahoe at $1,145 annually.

To insure a Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon, or Toyota Sequoia for five years, the NADA predicts that you’ll pay over $1,180.

Jeep Commander Fuel Economy

The 2010 Commander gets 15 mpg around town and 20 mpg in highway driving. Compared to the 2011 models currently in dealership lots, this is about average. The Nissan Armada is the only large SUV with lower highway fuel economy, at 19 mpg.

The Ford Expedition and the Toyota Sequoia both get 20 mpg highway as well, but their city fuel economy is one mile per gallon lower than the Commander’s. The GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Suburban, and Chevy Tahoe all match the Commander’s city fuel economy, but they get one mile per gallon more in highway driving.

To find better fuel efficiency in a large SUV under $35,000, you’ll have to opt for a Yukon Hybrid or a Tahoe Hybrid.

Safety Ratings for the Jeep Commander

The most recent tests that the federal government conducted on the Jeep Commander resulted in a 5-star frontal-impact crash rating, but only a 3-star rollover rating.

Though this isn’t a great score, it’s the same as the rollover ratings for most other large SUVs. Crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are not available for the Commander.

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Jeep Commander Reliability Ratings

J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2010 Jeep Commander a Predicted Reliability rating of just 4.0 out of 10 points. Compared to the other large SUVs currently on the market, this is a very low score. The Nissan Armada scored a 6.0, and the Ford Expedition earned only a 5.0, but the remaining vehicles in this class earned ratings of 7.0 or above.

The Chevrolet Tahoe and the Toyota Sequoia both earned ratings of 8.0.

J.D. Power and Associates also surveys owners after the first few months they own their vehicles to assess initial quality. For powertrain quality and accessory design, consumers rated the Commander above average, and it received average scores for the quality of interior mechanics and overall design quality.

Overall mechanical quality was below average, as was the mechanical quality of features and accessories. The 2010 Commander’s interior design quality was also rated poorly by consumers.

Jeep Commander Performance Reviews

U.S. News explains that if you need raw off-road power, the Jeep Commander is for you. Otherwise, it advises consumers to look elsewhere. The standard engine is a 3.7 liter V6, which is the same engine that equips the smaller Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Consumer Guide describes its power as “adequate,” but Kelley Blue Book concludes that it is inadequate for towing heavy loads.

Reviewers say that the Commander’s ride is tolerable when you take its purpose into account, but Car and Driver magazine notes that the vehicle’s poor performance in evasive maneuvers is downright “frightening.” It also calculated a long braking distance of 205 feet from 70 mph.

Consumer Guide notes a decent highway ride, though, and Motor Trend is impressed with the Commander’s competence when faced with obstacles like sand and large rocks.

Jeep Commander Interior Features

Standard features for the 2010 Jeep Commander are fairly generous. There’s a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player, power front windows and mirrors, and an 8-way power adjustable seat for the driver. The mirrors are heated, and the Commander features cruise control and air conditioning as well.

Available features include a DVD player, a navigation system, and a backup camera. Some 2010 Jeep Commanders are equipped with uConnect, a system that incorporates Bluetooth and a 30-gigabyte hard drive.

Jeep Commander Cargo and Passenger Space

Edmunds says that most passengers will find the Jeep Commander’s front seats “comfortable,” while the second-row seats are merely adequate and the third-row seats are “decidedly cramped.” Kelley Blue Book concurs with this assessment, explaining that the last row’s legroom is only about 29 inches and its headroom is just under 36 inches.

Car and Driver’s reviewer notes that the Commander’s third-row seats are also only about eight inches above the floor, which is far too low for the average adult passenger.

Reviewers also say that cargo space in the Jeep Commander is unsatisfactory. Edmunds reports that there’s only 7.5 cubic feet of free space behind the third-row seat when it’s folded up, and the Commander’s maximum cargo capacity is 68.9 cubic feet with the seats folded down.

According to Edmunds, most other large SUVs provide at least ten additional cubic feet of space. Kelley Blue Book does note that the cargo bay offers convenient features like grocery hooks and a storage bin.

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