2006 Jeep Commander First Drive
A Grand Cherokee gone retro
The Commander’s sharp-cornered design only hints at the solid capabilities and modern features contained in this hulking Jeep. Naturally, with the name Jeep emblazoned on the hood, the Commander is Trail Rated, which means that it meets the same minimum off-roading capabilities as any other Jeep equipped with four-wheel drive. Short overhangs emphasize this Jeep’s excellent hill-climbing capability, and if you replace its all-season tires, the Commander can easily claw its way to that favorite backwoods fishing hole.
But with the Commander, performance is defined by more than just off-road capability. A big 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is the top choice of three engine variants, offering quick acceleration on paved surfaces. And in this, the largest of Jeeps, performance on the road is just as important as its prowess on dirt trails. In fact, power, traction, and ruggedness are virtues that the 2006 Jeep Commander exudes from each of its distinct corners.