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First Impressions: 2010 Jeep Commander Sport 4×4

Tuesday May 4th, 2010 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2010 Jeep Commander Sport 4x4
By Michael D. Leroy

Pros

  • Great on-road manners
  • Touch-screen stereo works great and the built-in hard drive is nice
  • Easy to park with backup camera and good turning radius

Cons

  • Base V-6 lacks torque, get the 5.7L HEMI
  • Unresponsive throttle when moving from a stop
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Too much hard plastic for a $38,000 vehicle

SUV’s for far too long have been too much utility and not enough sport. Many SUV’s have questionable off-road ability. Jeep claims the Commander, its flagship model, is a “Trail Rated” seven-passenger people mover. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to do an off-road excursion, but I did get a chance to see the Commander’s city manners.

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Subaru Outback vs. Jeep Wrangler – Finding the better sand machine.

Friday September 19th, 2008 at 6:99 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

I stepped up to the rental desk at Norfolk International and asked for a Jeep. Any Jeep, so long as it had four wheel drive. The cheerful rental company representative, who looked like Edie McClurg in Planes, Trains and Automobiles presented me with a choice of three Jeeps: a Compass, a Grand Cherokee or a Wrangler. Now since the business, tax-writeoff justification end of my vacation was to pit a Jeep against my brother’s new Subaru Outback and run them ragged along the endless driveable beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, I needed the most capable Jeep available to really put the Outback through its paces. I slapped my finger down on the miniature picture of the Wrangler.

The representative smiled, handed me the keys and the paperwork. I signed a few documents and was just about on my way when she pulled out a huge red stamp and slammed it down on the rental agreement.

“Oh, you’ll need to sign this too, honey.” I looked at the stamp and all I could think about at that moment was Edie’s famous two word response to Steve Martin’s F-bomb tirade, “You’re f**ked.”

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2008 Jeep Patriot Review – Rugged good looks with a car-like attitude

Wednesday September 10th, 2008 at 6:99 AM
Posted by: Francois

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By Francis Cebedo

2008 Jeep Patriot

Blings:

  • Good styling. It’s a car but it really looks like a jeep
  • It’s maneuverable and easy to park like a car
  • Excellent and fun sound system
  • Stability control is nice to have at this price point

Dings:

  • Noisy and buzzy engine noise when accelerating
  • Underpowered engine with insufficient low end grunt
  • There is an abundance of hard plastic
  • Huge wheel wells in the back get in the way of cargo

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