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2006 Jeep Commander SUV - Overview

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$27,540 – $38,405 MSRP

$25,351 – $35,045 Invoice

15 / 19 MPG City/Hwy


2006 Jeep Commander SUV

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What's New
The Commander is a new model for 2006 and features three rows of seats-a first for the Jeep brand. While it is largely based on the mechanical components from the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Commander features much boxier styling that should please those who fondly remember the former Jeep Cherokee. The Commander, however, provides room and creature comforts unheard of when the Cherokee was in production.

While the 2006 Jeep Commander shares the Grand Cherokee's 109.5-inch wheelbase, as well as its powertrains and many other mechanical components, this new model is longer, taller, and wider, and offers a third row of seats. The Commander surrounds those seats in what some may see as a boxy exterior. However, others may fondly recall the former Jeep Cherokee, which combined the capabilities of the Wrangler with a wagon-style hardtop body and a back seat that could accommodate three people. The Commander's three rows provide room for as many as seven occupants, with the second and third rows elevated theater-style. To enhance the view of those sitting in the back, the Commander is available with CommandView skylights and a DVD entertainment system.

The Commander offers three engine choices and three four-wheel-drive systems. Regardless of the mechanical configuration, side-curtain air bags are standard, as are an electronic stability program-a computer-controlled technology that helps the driver keep the vehicle on its intended course-and a tire pressure-monitoring system. The Commander has a rear body structure designed to protect occupants even when the vehicle is struck from behind at 50 mph. The standard engine is a 210-hp, 3.7L V-6. Also available are a 235-hp, 4.7L V-8 and a 330-hp, 5.7L Hemi V-8 only available on the Limited.

This new Jeep is available in base Commander and Limited versions, as well as a new 65th Anniversary Edition. Notable standard features on base models include an 8-way power driver's seat, a 5-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch aluminum wheels, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with CD changer controls, power doors/locks/mirrors, brake assist, front advanced, multi-stage air bags with occupant classification system, as well as side and side-curtain air bags. Stepping up to the Limited model nets the 4.7L V-8 engine, a power sunroof with CommandView dual skylights, a Boston Acoustics premium sound system, a 6-disc, in-dash CD player with MP3 capability, Sirius Satellite Radio, leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats, power mirrors and driver's seat with memory, rear air conditioning, and fog lamps. The 65th Anniversary Edition adds, above and beyond base models, special badging, chrome body-side moldings and tow hooks, the power sunroof with CommandView, the 6-disc, in-dash CD player with MP3 capability, 17-inch, aluminum gray-accent wheels, and fog lamps.

The Competition
The Jeep Commander competes along with 19 other models in the large and highly competitive Midsize Utility segment, where room for a family and four-wheel drive are the cost of entry.According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the 20 models in this segment account for more than 1.3 million sales each year, which is equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. light-vehicle market. The race for sales leadership is extremely tight. The sales leader in the segment is the Jeep Grand Cherokee (213,584 units delivered in calendar year 2005), followed closely by the Ford Explorer (203,483) and the Chevrolet TrailBlazer (regular length model only), with 163,581 units sold in 2005. The Commander sold 17,048 units in 2005.

Available Trims for the 2006 Jeep Commander SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Base 5 speed automatic $27,540 210-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl 16/20
Limited multi-speed automatic $35,785 235-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl 15/19

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