• Apr 14, 2008
According to Bloomberg, the demise of the Jeep Commander is but a year away. Anonymous sources inside Chrysler told the news service that with a 43-percent decline this year, which follows declines every year since its first full year on the market, the Commander is surrendering its command.

The SUV's end was claimed to be due to gas prices, since a V8 Commander averages about 17 MPG. However, exorbitant (for America) gas prices haven't killed a number of other vehicles that don't even do that well, so that reasoning makes us wonder. What makes more sense is that in addition to the sales plunge, the Commander was stealing an unexpectedly high number of sales from the Grand Cherokee. In a cozy pool, every little bit of water counts.

If it's true, we have to admit we're sorry the Commander is going away. Some people have taken its boxy simplicity for blah-what-boredom, but it was just the kind of Jeep we like: straightforward, capable, roomy (no, we never put seven people in it), and a solid driver. Obviously we don't speak for the masses, but Commander, you will be missed.

[Source: Bloomberg]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I also agree with TriShield: Jeep has been derailed and mismanaged. If Chrysler LLC is going to consolidate all three of their divisions under one dealer network, then Jeep should be the one and only division to offer traditional SUV's (and absolutely no crossovers). Jeep should have a three model lineup: compact SUV (Wrangler), midsize SUV (Cherokee), and fullsize SUV (Grand Cherokee; I would personally prefer "Commander", but "Grand Cherokee" has more market equity). That's it. The company should be able to focus on providing refined products with great design and engineering for the Jeep division if the division is given a smaller, brand focused lineup and if the company doesn't have to worry about developing/positioning competing products for their other 2 divisions. The traditional SUV segment is shrinking and Jeep will be more than capable of handling this niche in the market on its own if they are given well executed, brand appropriate products.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Styling was good... but it offered NOTHING unique to the Jeep line-up. I rode in one at the car show, and its the same size as a grand cherokee on the inside... so whats the point? The 3rd row was the smallest and worst I'd ever seen... I wouldnt put my dog back there.

      They should have made a real full size truck with 3 rows, or not even bothered. Not some mid size overpriced Cherokee pretending to be.

      Chrysler sure is screwing up the Jeep brand, arent they?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with Hardy. As a former Jeep Cherokee owner, I love the Commander's Jeep looks and masculine proportions for a large SUV. (Anything larger is obese and obese ain't masculine!) I live in NYC and it's interesting that the Commander is very prominent here - we know how something big can look great!
      • 6 Years Ago
      sounds like a great time to jump on one if you every wanted one.. they already have a $3500 incentive.. wait a little bit more and they'll throw the keys at you..
      my small neighborhood dealer has 42 in stock. DAMN!
      no i dont work for jeep.. i just went to see what the interior looked like..
        • 6 Years Ago
        42 in stock? Wow, they should turn off the taps immediately. That's at least a year's supply right there.

        The dealers must cry each time a vehicle trailer pulls up with another one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      FYI:
      Upon introduction, the Sport 4X2 is equipped with a standard 3.7-liter, V6, 210-horsepower engine that achieves 14-mpg in the city and 19-mpg on the highway. The Overland 4X4 is equipped with a standard 5.7-liter, V8, 330-horsepower engine that achieves 13-mpg in the city and 17-mpg on the highway.

      In other words, in the real world, it can get worse gas mileage then my Hummer 2 that gets at 12.5 summer, 11.5 winter, all local (considered city) mileage. A point about Jeep I continue to make while I wait for my Hummer bashing friends to be equal opportunity bashers. 13-14 MPG as the city mileage should tell you what it will get and owners I know have confirmed it gets closer to 10-11. No excuse for its size.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Might have to pick up a 2008 Hemi for some towing duties!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing was/ is a turd and there are MUCH better vehicles in this size and price range.

      Chrysler needs to keep axing under performing vehicles like this if they hope to survive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too expensive, and needs a diesel. If they could fix those two things, they'd have something they could probably sell.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I suspect that unlike everyone who has posted so far, we actually own one of these vehicles. Yes, it replaced a Grand Cherokee, and yes we get Chrysler employee pricing thru a relative. My wife loves the vehicle, but because of the mileage, it won't be replaced by one of the last Commanders when the lease is up later this year. 14 mpg is about average for us. 16 on the highway. 4.7 V8. Unacceptable in todays environment. Otherwise, the truck has been very reliable, and although I'm not a big SUV fan, I don't mind driving the beast.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree the styling is good but the space and mpg are pretty bad. The Commander is a niche product .I'm also a huge fan of the AMC straight six that powered so many Jeep Products. As for the chrysler up dates,remeber, Most of the AMC engineers that stayed with chrysler went to Jeep and Truck engineering. The block was still made on the same milling machines AMC used. 4.0 heads will fit on early 1970's 3.8-4.2L AMC 6's. Even if Chrysler did the tech updates 90% of people call them AMC engines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @4x4north...

      Wow! Someone's a bit sensitive aren't they... I mean to latch on to one little line... Aww... did we buy into the marketing and believe that the H2 even remotely resembles a real offroader?

      There are so many flaws in your logic, I don't even know where to begin... first we'll get the Jeep out of the way. You're trying to make a comparison with a base Commander... base meaning RWD? Yeah... that's fair - give me a break. Whether you like it or not... the unibody construction of Jeeps make for far superior off-roaders than some truck ever will, ie - an H2.

      Now... on to the H2. Would you care to explain to everyone how the H2 shares more in common with an H1 than it does with its GMT800 stablemates? I can think of two... the grille and the name - that's about it. Otherwise... it rides on a SLIGHTLY modified platform that's shared with the Tahoe... none of them qualify as "heavily" modified - and all of the slight modifications come straight from the GM parts bin, which are nothing spectacular... it has a 2500 front end and a 1500 rear - whooptidoo, beyond that it has a standard fair engine and a standard fare transmission. Not only that, but such modifications are hardly conducive to offroading... a truck platform isn't meant for offroading, especially one that's part 2500 - it's far to heavy to be taken seriously.

      To put an H2 in the same league as a Range Rover or even a Jeep is delusional. The H2 and its GM relatives are excellent for what they are, but rugged offroading isn't part of it. You can throw all the videos up that you like... Have you come across the one where an H2 threw a tie-rod going over some relatively minor rocks? If you haven't you should check it out... hell, I've heard of an H2 throwing a tie-rod going over a gnarly speed-bump.

      The fact remains, it's too big, too heavy, and too cumbersome to be taken seriously... even if it does pack some decent hardware, it has no way of really using it. But seriously... to knock a Jeep in favor of an H2 - you're just plain naive.

      Above all else... there's only one reason one would buy an H2 - and it pretty much explains why you would be so offended by the truth of the matter. Bottom line - don't come on hear preaching to me about real offroading... when I do so, it'll be in a Jeep... and if I had the amount of money I could waste on something like an H2 - I'd spend it on a Range Rover. Those two can, have, and will go much farther than a GMT800.
        • 6 Years Ago
        AMGoff: You're making a fool of yourself buddy :)

        No, not a base commander as in RWD, the 4WD commander simply does not have the ground clearance, approach angle, departure angle, and breakover angles necessary for any serious offroad usage. You can't run from the facts, the Commander was never designed for any serious offroad trails. Period. Even JEEP engineers will tell you that...

        I certainly hope you're not serious with your comment on unibody being stronger for offroad use? Everyone knows body on frame is the only way to go with a 4x4, it's not only stronger, but allows enough flex without fatiguing the body's sheetmetal. Just do a google search for crying out loud, or simply look at every serious offroad ever designed, it's always body on frame. Heck, even the JEEP RUBICON is body on frame. How deep will you dig yourself into the pile of BS you've created here? Lets see...


        The H1, H2, H3 all share the same PERCENTAGE of bin parts, meaning the H1, H2, and H3 are all equally composed of UNIQUE parts. If you don't consider an H2 or H3 a HUMMER simply because they share parts with other vehicles (driveline, nuts and bolts), the H1 does as well, the same percentage of sharing that the H2 and H3 do. Sharing parts isn't a bad thing, Audi is doing it with Lamborghini and vice versa, it doesn't make either vehicle less of what it is.

        Next, you're confusing PLATFORM with FRAME. The H2 is on a unique frame that only it uses, which is a three part assembly. The front and rear end were originally derived from a 2500 and 1500, but heavily modified and strengthened. If you've compared the frame components from the 2500 and 1500 to an H2's, the difference would be very apparent. Go to a HUMMER dealer and ask them, I'm sure they'll take you to the service department and let you sneak a peek under one.

        Comparing an H2 to any other 4x4 is beautiful, considering it does tremendously well offroad. There's no doubt about it, and the only doubt comes from those who have never witnessed/wheeled one on a trail. But coming from a guy who thinks a Commander is a serious offroad vehicle or that unibody is stronger offroad, I wouldn't expect anything else.

        I'll post more videos if you like, but I don't think it matters. You're hellbent on hating HUMMER's, so I'll let you be. Yes, I think we've all seen the tie-rod video, and the owner of that H2 posts on a forum I frequent. He admits hitting the throttle too hard. Regardless, tie-rods go on every 4x4 at some point, that's why we carry spares :) If that's the best you've got at a knock at H2's, then you might aswell knock every known 4x4 produced, including Jeep's, since they pop tierods all the time.

        The only fact is, for someone who talks a lot about "facts", you haven't made a single factual statement :)

        Weight, and size aren't an issue on an H2, it's not much larger than a full size pickup.

        You talk about Jeep's like there's only one model. Jeep has ruined its name by releasing street queen garbage like the compass, patriot, Liberty and Commander. The only true Jeep is the Wrangler, and the only one that stands up as a true offroader, right off the showroom floor.

        Bottom line, I'll keep shooting down your nonsense and giving the real FACTS, so I'll be waiting for your response. Infact, I might post this on some of the popular 4x4 forums, they'll get a kick out of it (yes, Jeeper's and Land Rover owners included!)

        Hehe...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It wasn't big enough. When it was first talked about we were thinking that it was going to be a full-sized 7 passenger SUV along the lines of Tahoe and Expedition. But when it arrived it was not that much bigger than Grand Cherokee.

      Still it felt more solid than Grand Cherokee did and when equipped with the Hemi it was a fine highway vehicle.
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