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Dan Neil reveiws the Jeep Commander

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"As we say in the South: Dang, she's ugly."

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He basically says that there's not much point to it- they take a "..clone of the terrific Grand Cherokee" and add two "hilariously cramped and uncomfortable" extra seats.

He also hates the styling, which I kind of agree with. In trying to Hummer up, they just made the thing look wierd.
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I actually like it. I used to be a critic of it's styling, but my neighbor has a black one, and wow... it's gorgeous when you see it in person. Just my take haha. And the interior isnt so bad either. I'd like to see a 2 door version.
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Maybe no one likes the Commander... :P Seriously, though, what's the point of posting a link to an article? Which requires registration? When it really doesn't? :blink: Really annoying, ya know... Anyways, the interior looks cheaper than my GA. Okay, I'm exaggerating but it sucks more than vehicle at it's price point should. I could care less that it feels cheap, though. But looking cheap? No way Jose... you aren't getting away with that. Not a chance. I think an Aveo's interior looks more expensive than it... Okay, another exaggeration. Shoot me. :D
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Registration is free at LA Times. Neil gave a very favorable review to the new Suzuki Grand Vitara right below it. Edited by Croc
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Registration is free at LA Times.  Neil gave a very favorable review to the new Suzuki Grand Vitara right below it.

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So, is that supposed to help his credability or hurt it?
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Grand Vitara is mechanically identical to Equinox or Torrent.  So help.

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The Grand Vitara has a different engine, transmission, interior, exterior, and frame underneath.
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Grand Vitara is mechanically identical to Equinox or Torrent. So help.

Uh... it's completely different. It shares nothing with them (well... maybe the steering wheel :P )... So...
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Grand Vitara is mechanically identical to Equinox or Torrent.  So help.

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The Grand Vitara is a totally new Japanese platform that shares nothing with Equinox/Torrent. Also, it's RWD-based and the V6 is the same 2.7L DOHC V6 currently used in the XL-7.
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The interior isn't horrible looking (it is cramped though-not much more cargo space than Grand Cherokee and the third row is a pointless proposition, with little second-row room either), and while the exterior does look better in person than in pictures, it is only slightly so. A waste of time, effort, and money-when you could get a roomier and far superior GMC Envoy XL for similar money.
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The XL-7 replacement will be on Theta. The Grand Vitara is unique to Suzuki.
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My bad. The review stated it was mechanically identical to Equinox and Torrent and praised all three of them for being on Theta.
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The interior isn't horrible looking (it is cramped though-not much more cargo space than Grand Cherokee and the third row is a pointless proposition, with little second-row room either), and while the exterior does look better in person than in pictures, it is only slightly so. A waste of time, effort, and money-when you could get a roomier and far superior GMC Envoy XL for similar money.

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I remember a Motor Trend comparo that included an Envoy XUV, and on the mild off-road course the Envoy was incapcitated buy a punctured transmission oil pan. They had to use a Durango to tow it back to civilization. I don't think that would happen in a Jeep.
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wait...this thing sure as hell looks like a Theta...
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Well... it's size is a huge giveaway. Compare them in person. That's why the new XL7 is on Theta, but this isn't. Especially since it has a two door version. That and look at that front overhang; it barely has any while the Theta's has quite a bit (but very reasonable).
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