Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Bob Golfen
April 29, 2006
Just ask the drivers of Scion xB or Honda Element or the nearest delivery van, and they'll tell you they can cram a lot of stuff into their vehicles. In the cases of xB or Element, the interiors are surprisingly roomy compared with the diminutive exteriors.
Commander is designed for the same effect, with its upright cabin and vertical tailgate. Simply put, Commander is a taller, boxier version of Grand Cherokee designed to maximize interior space and add a third road of passenger seats.
The third row has become a major selling point for midsize SUVs. Everything from Ford Explorer to Suzuki XL-7 offers a third row, even if sometimes, they're only roomy enough for toddlers.
By the way, Jeep guys certainly remember the brawny Commando of the '60s and '70s, but despite the similarity of name, Commander is a totally different trip.
Commander is an accommodating vehicle with a comfortable ride and an airy interior, thanks to the high roofline and upright windows. Even a tall guy could drive without doffing his 10-gallon cowboy hat.
But because of extra height and weight, Commander is a fairly ponderous vehicle to drive. The handling is responsive enough, but this truck feels bulky around town, with its soft suspension allowing too much wallow and body sway.
Also, the base-model test truck had only two-wheel drive, which would appear to limit its possibilities as a "trail-rated" Jeep.