2008 Jeep Commander

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What Changed for 2008:
  • 4.7-liter V-8 engine provides up to 305 hp

  • Trailer Sway Control

  • 115-volt power outlet available

  • First time for 5-passenger seating option

  • Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist available

  • MyGIG hard drive radio available

  • Sirius Backseat TV offered

  • iPod interface added as option
The Jeep Commander shares the Grand Cherokee's platform and mechanical components, including its off-road capabilities. Compared to the Grand Cherokee, however, the Commander is longer, taller and wider, and has exterior styling more reminiscent of the old and more squared-off Cherokee model. The Commander is offered with rear- or all-wheel drive (RWD or AWD). Standard seating is for 5 and an available third-row split bench seat allows for 7-passenger seating. With both rear rows folded, the Commander offers 68.5 cubic feet of cargo space. V-6 and V-8 engines are offered, including Chrysler Group's 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. Properly equipped, the Commander can tow up to 7400 pounds.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Jeep Commander is available in Sport, Limited and Overland trim levels, each with RWD or AWD. The Sport comes standard with air conditioning; cruise control; tilt/telescoping steering wheel; cloth upholstery; 8-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; 40/20/40-split folding second-row seat; AM/FM/CD stereo with 6 speakers; power windows and locks; power heated mirrors; remote keyless entry; rear park assist; Sirius satellite radio; trip computer; theft-deterrent system; roof rails; and P245/65R17 all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels.

The Limited adds dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air conditioning; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; leather upholstery; heated first- and second-row seats; power-adjustable pedals; memory for the driver's seat, mirrors and pedals; 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat; 50/50 split-folding third-row seat; sunroof with CommandView fixed glass panels; MyGIG entertainment system with hard-drive radio and 6 Boston Acoustics speakers; universal garage door opener; remote engine starting; auto-dimming rearview and driver's side mirrors; automatic headlights; and fog lights. The AWD Limited also has Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist.

The top-line Jeep Commander Overland has a wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel; MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System that adds a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic to the base MyGIG setup; rearview camera; Jeep's UConnect wireless cell phone link; a power rear liftgate; a Class IV hitch receiver with wiring harness; and P245/60R18 tires on chromed aluminum wheels. The AWD Overland adds front and rear limited-slip differentials; skid plates; and front tow hooks, as well as the Limited AWD's extra equipment. Available options include rear DVD entertainment and Sirius Backseat TV.

Jeep Commander Sport models for 2008 come standard with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that makes 210 hp at 5200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. Standard on Limited is a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that gains 70 hp for 2008 for a total of 305 hp at 5650 rpm. It makes 334 lb.-ft. of torque at 3950 rpm. The Overland comes standard with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine that produces 330 hp at 5000 rpm and 375 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. All engines are mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy ratings are 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway for the V-6 with RWD; 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway for the V-6 engine with AWD; 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway for the 4.7-liter V-8 engine; 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway for the 5.7-liter engine with RWD; and 13 mpg city/17 mpg highway for the 5.7-liter engine with AWD. Jeep recommends mid-grade fuel for the Hemi V-8 engine.

The 2008 Jeep Commander is offered with three different AWD systems. The Sport comes with Quadra-Trac I, which does not have low-range gearing but does have front and rear traction control. AWD Limited models have Quadra-Trac II, which adds low-range gearing and is teamed with Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist. Overland models have Quadra-Drive II, which has low-range gearing, front and rear traction control, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist, plus electronic limited-slip front and rear differentials.

Standard safety equipment on the 2008 Jeep Commander includes dual-stage front air bags; head-protecting curtain side air bags that cover all three seating rows and deploy in case of a rollover; a tire-pressure monitor; anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist; electronic stability control with rollover mitigation; and rear park assist. The Overland model adds a rearview camera, which is optional otherwise. The Overland and models equipped with an optional towing package also have Jeep's Trailer Sway Control, which reduces engine torque and uses the ABS to apply brakes to individual wheels to keep the vehicle on its intended path when towing, the automaker explains.

Sirius Backseat TV plays through the 2008 Jeep Commander's DVD entertainment system. It offers three child-oriented channels: Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Disney Channel. It requires a monthly subscription.

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