New for the 2009 Jeep Commander are redesigned wheels, while Xenon headlights become standard for the Overland and optional for the Limited. With a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive, the base Jeep Commander Sport is powered by a 3.7L V6 engine capable of 210 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque, while the Limited is equipped with a 4.7L V8 engine good for 302 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque, both paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. However, the Jeep Commander Overland packs a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine generating 357 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque, also with the five-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy estimates range from 13 mpg city/18 mpg hwy for the V8 4WD to 15/20 mpg for the V6 RWD. With both five- and seven-passenger configurations available, the large- to mid-size Commander SUV offers 7.5 cubic feet of storage with all three rows in use, 36.4 with the third row stowed and 68.9 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. Safety features include antilock brakes and a full complement of airbags.Read more Read less
The Jeep Commander's available 5.7L Hemi V8 gets a power boost for 2009, to 357 hp. Also new to that powerplant is variable valve timing. Jeep's Multi-Displacement System (MDS), which regulates power and fuel efficiency by deactivating cylinders when not necessary, is still available. Standard on Limited and Overland models is a new Leather Appearance Group, which features leather trim on the doors and center console. Chrome accents on the instruments and vents round out the package.
Rugged Jeep styling; seating for seven passengers; off-road & towing capability
The 2009 Jeep Commander, which is mechanically similar to the Grand Cherokee, has a boxier appearance and is the first Jeep to offer three rows of seating and a versatile interior for combinations of people and cargo. With rear-wheel drive, the Commander can tow up to 7,400 pounds, and with four-wheel drive, it's an extremely capable off-road climber.
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