I bought the 4.7 liter, if the Hemi wasn't packaged with everything else I would have bought it, but I didn't need the limited with Nav, leather, roof ect.. I needed a winter driver so this was my best option, with that said I've been happy with my small V-8.
4.7 is not a small V8 in my opinion. I have the Hemi on my Commander but I have a 4.7 on a Grand Cherokee and it has been a great engine. I have never felt it was underpowered, even in the mountains off-road at Canyonlands NP, Utah. You will continue to be happy with it.
The Durango that I traded for my Commander had the 4.7 and it was a great motor. Plenty of power but certainly you couldnt call it a speed deamon. Got the hemi in my Commander and it too is a great motor but I did think it would be a little quicker then what it is...maybe it is the MDS doing its thing I dont know. And yes the gas mileage is pretty bad so far and I am not even a lead footed driver. YIKES....
The 5.7 Hemi. Fourth Crysler engine. 1997 360 in truck, 4.0 in Jeep Grnd cher,4.7 2001 Dakota 4x4. 4.7 in 2002 Dodge P/U 4x4. I had a very heavy foot then. I never had any trouble with the engines. I think a V6 is to small for this heavy SUV.
By the Picture you have a Limited 4x4. Nice looks just like mine. I get ~ 16 mpg. For the weight ov the Jeep I don't think that is bad. I have plenty of power. Night and day to my old truck with the 4.7. Don't get me wrong the 4.7 is great. But no mach to 5.7 hemi.
I chose the 5.7 hemi 2wd limited. I live in south Louisiana, and it's all flat! And frankly, i'll be damned if I'm gonna take a 38000.00 vehicle muddin!! That's what my dirt bike and four wheeler are for! By the way, I too was expecting a little more oomph, but see this vehicle for what it is 4800-5200 lb. of box. it's actually quite quick for being so heavy. I especially like to stomp it like I stole it at about 60mph.
I then climbs to 80-90 with substantial ease.
How are you getting 17 mpg? I just bought mine - a little bit over a month. I am averaging 12.7 mpg according to the electronic gauge. about a 60/40 city/highway driving. Dealer says it should improve, that the engine needs time to settle. ???
If you were making your purchase today, what color would you choose as far as your Jeep Commander (exterior color) goes?
Attached is the color key with the colors listed in order of their appearance in the poll.
The idea just came up and wondered how much we are using our Commander off-road.... using it in the right way so to say :)
1- Never, don't want & not willing to go off-road
2- Occasionally, maybe once or twice every several months
3- Sometimes, at least once a month
4- Often, between one to...