2006 Jeep Commander: 12 years later
We purchased this 2006 Jeep Commander 65th Anniversary Edition in April 2018 to use as a primary travel vehicle for our family. It's age means that most of the issues besides mechanical problems are worked out of it, and so far we have had no issues mechanically, though we anticipate a few over the winter. It is very reliable. The cabin is roomy enough, though as with many 3rd row SUVs, the second row loses some leg room to make accomodation for the third row's needs. The driver and passenger seats are great for long drives over several hours, and the second row is great for kids, thought it would become uncomfortable for an adult for any trip over 30 minutes. The third row is tight but works for occasional use or for small children, which is all we needed it for. The headrests are not adjustable in the second and third rows, meaning that they must be removed to accommodate car seats. The sunroof and skylights are fun features but definitely not necessary. The rear hatch door has a window that pops open, typical of a Jeep hatch window. Full time AWD and easy shifting for terrain needs make this a breeze to drive in inclement weather or rough terrain. The Commander is too large to take offroad like many Jeep models are made for but it is great for mountain snow and passenger hauling and I love it. The primary things MOPAR neglected to add to this, that put it decidedly behind the times even in 2006, were an auxiliary jack for the stereo and map pockets on the front seats. I also feel that the interior finish is low-grade.