• Mar 28, 2006

To its credit, DaimlerChrysler has largely escaped the mudslinging surrounding big incentives as of late, content to let General Motors and Ford play cash-on-the-hood Jenga. But now it appears the square-rigged Jeep Commander may be Chrysler's white elephant. To say that the SUV's sales are in a free-fall would be a bit of a misnomer, as they've yet to truly ascend to the heights that parent DCX has been hoping for.

Driving off the lot with incentives in excess of $5,400 just seven months after the vehicle's launch, the big ute is being pawned off with givebacks $1,803 higher than average. The 101-day supply at the beginning of March is likely proving worrysome to Jeep dealers as DCX nears the Chrysler Aspen launch, an SUV arguably a little too close for comfort in terms of size, capacity and price. Other dealers, however, don't appear to be too troubled about cultivating Aspen-on-Commander inter-showroom cannibalism, arguing that the dolled-up Durango looks too much like a Chrysler for Jeep buyers, and vice-versa.

Still, some dealers are reporting an uptick in recent sales, and concerns that Commander would crib sales from the brand's Grand Cherokee have proven less problematic than originally feared.

[Sources: AutoWeek, JeepNewsNow.com]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      My mistake. You think Jeep and you just think Toledo.
      Vaughn Jeffery
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Commander is simply a late attempt to enter the three row seat market. Who needs it? No body ever takes seven people off road. Chrysler should forget challenging the Tahoe and Expedition and watch their backside beause Xterra has surpassed Jeep as a capable off road vehicle in the five passenger market.
      Teressa
      • 8 Years Ago
      We are a family of Jeep owners! We love our new commander, it has all the bells & whistles and is comfortable on road trips! The thing that hooked us is the 0% financing, how can you go wrong? You have to really appreciate Jeeps to admire the Commander! We haven't been dissapointed with any of our Jeep purchases and the Commander is certainly proving to be in a class of it's own! No regrets in the purchase!
      Charles
      • 8 Years Ago
      To the person that was 6'2", did you even try the back seat, not the third row but second? Some day auto makers may realize that not everyone in the world is under 5'10" with very small legs. To get more than 2 full size adults into any of these so called full size SUVs, one must have their legs jammed into the dashboard so someone can fit behind them or the driver has to be pushed all the way into the steering wheel
      • 8 Years Ago
      Every Commander I've seen seems to be a rental, driving away from the Denver airport past the rental lots it seemed like every other car was a Commander. I have to wonder how many of those sales have been fleet deals to keep the numbers up.
      Joseph Tabaka
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with most the price is to high and storage space is non-existent.
      bd
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a Jeep, people. Rather than doll it up to appeal to yuppies, jeep it up to appeal to Jeep people. The hemi is a nice option, but it has no place in a 4wd vehicle. Delete the third row seat or offer it as an option. It's about the same size as the previous Cherokee, which Dummier Chrysler never should have tanked. Make it off-road worthy; bring back the I-6 4.0 engine, beef up the suspension and add skid plates,
      and optional off-road tires. Then, go out and kill the yuppie/mom mobile 4wd's with road tests that blow away the competition. Jeep...there's only one!
      Patti
      • 8 Years Ago
      I decided to replace my 1994 Grand Cherokee last year and discovered the new GC lacked any real cargo space. I was thrilled with a larger new edition-untill I found that the third seat was not an option and the area could not be used for flat storage cargo. Whatever happened to a sport utility with UTILITY.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Didn't DaimlerChrysler learn from the butt ugly Mercedes Benz suv. This car is just a take off of that car and I don't think that it sold very well either. If your going to make a big suv; then make a big suv not a half hearted attempt like the Commander. I just leased a Grand Cherokee with a MSD HEMI for alot less than the Commander. IT'S JUST TOO SQUARE!!!!!
      Marissa S
      • 8 Years Ago
      The back seats DO lower visibility noticeably. And where are you supposed to put all the stuff for the people IN the vehicle, since there is almost no storage in the back? It's roomy in the first two rows though. The Jeep look lately is seriously disappointing. We bought our Cherokee in the last year of production, since we wanted that look and figured a new one would last us until something else we liked was created. I had hoped that the Commander would be that vehicle, but it was so far off the mark that we may be looking elsewhere in a few years.
      David Hart
      • 8 Years Ago
      These comments have been very helpful in quenching my initial interest in the Commander. I have five (small) kids and need 4WD, so my options are limited. I also need the cargo space, and would love some decent gas mileage. Don't need to tow anything, so a smaller engine would be OK. I still prefer a stick, for better control off-road and in ice and snow. Anyone out there have a good, serious recommendation?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why even bother with the 3.7 V6, it is too old and under powered, same with the 4.7 V8, even worse.
      Just pop in the new 4.0 OC V6 and slap the 545RFE to it (Sure the MB W5a580 might be more efficient, but having reverse equal to first for getting unstuck is unbeatable) and couple that to the QuadraDrive II.
      Why bother with multiple transfer cases and even rear drive, Rear drive doesn't equal 'trail rated'.
      Keep the 330hp hemi for those who actually might tow more than 5000 lbs.
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