2009 Jeep Commander

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Available 5.7-liter V-8 engine provides extra power
  • Auto-leveling HID headlights now offered
  • Available map pockets for leather seats
  • Hard-drive radio/navigation system up to 30 gigabytes of memory, adds iPod interface
  • Rear DVD entertainment screen increases from 8 to 9 inches
  • New Leather Appearance option package
  • New wheel options
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 an upgraded version of Chrysler LLC's 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. Properly equipped, the Commander can tow up to 7400 pounds.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Jeep Commander is available in Sport, Limited and Overland trim levels, each with RWD or AWD. The Sport comes standard with cloth upholstery; air conditioning; cruise control; tilt/telescoping steering wheel; 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; electronic vehicle information center; theft-deterrent system; roof rails; and P245/65R17 all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels.

Limited trim adds dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air conditioning; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; leather upholstery; 8-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat; heated front seats; power-adjustable pedals; memory for the driver's seat, mirrors and pedals; 50/50 split-folding third-row seat; sunroof with CommandView fixed glass panels; UConnect GPS hard-drive radio with navigation system; rearview camera; 6 Boston Acoustics speakers; iPod interface; UConnect Phone wireless cell phone link; universal garage door opener; remote engine starting; auto-dimming rearview and driver's side mirrors; SmartBeam automatic headlights; rain-sensing wipers; security alarm; 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; power rear liftgate; high-intensity-discharge headlights; 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. A new Leather Appearance package adds a leather wrap on the upper front and rear door bolsters, the center console lid, and front-door grab handles, as well as chrome rings around the instrument panel front face vents, and a modified 2-piece shift knob.

Jeep Commander Sport models for 2009 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 for Limited and optional for Sport is a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 305 hp at 5650 rpm and 334 lb.-ft. of torque at 3950 rpm. The Overland comes standard with the next generation of the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. Horsepower is up from 330 to 357 at 5200 rpm and torque rises from 375 to 389 lb.-ft. at 4350 rpm. All engines are mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy ratings are 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway for the V-6 with RWD; 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway for the V-6 engine with AWD and the 4.7-liter V-8 engine with RWD; 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway for the 4.7-liter engine and AWD; 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 Commander models equipped with the Hemi V-8 engine.

The 2009 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 2009 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; tire-pressure monitor; anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist; electronic stability control with rollover mitigation; and rear park assist. The Limited and Overland models add 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 2009 Jeep Commander's DVD entertainment system, which has a larger screen for 2009 (9 versus 8 inches). It offers three child-oriented channels: Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Disney Channel. It requires a monthly subscription. SmartBeam headlights are available for 2009. Jeep says they automatically adjust to ambient light and oncoming traffic to deliver maximum lighting.


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