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Firstly---I'm not a traitor--just a cheap a**!

Just traded my wife's '03 H2 on a new '06 Jeep Commander Limited (loaded, BTW. Nav, rear DVD, Hemi). I just couldn't take the 8-9 mpg in town, and 11-12 mpg on the highway. Yes, it could pull stumps all day, but it had a terrific appetite!

Anyhoo----I take delivery tomorrow (11/3) and we head out for a 2000 mi round trip the next day.

1st observations: Bigger than my SRX on the outside, front seats, and 3rd seats; but 5" less leg room in the middle seats. Front seats are FAR more comfortable than the SRX. My arse hurts like H**l on a long SRX trip.

Things I'm looking for: Ease of NAV use; MPG; quiteness; solidity; Pulling power (I've got a 7000# boat); snow handling, and whatever springs to mind in the upcoming week or so.

I'll report back as to how it compares to the SRX
 

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I would be interested simply because I drive a company car 2002 Grand Cherokee Laredo with HO engine. Main problems I have with it are the suspension (too wiggly a ride) and the cushiony seats. Understand that both are changed with newer years. Car will scoot! Will need to get into another car next summer. A hemi Cherokee is a possibility if ride quality and seating are better.
 

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The commander is 4 in. taller but 6 in. shorter in length.

Also with no offense, I agree to the apples to oranges comparison. There is nothing sporty about the Commander.
 

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Be interested in your "MPG" actual for a Jeep with 5.7 (?) liter hemi vs Hummer?? How much better ?? Is your comparison while towing a 7000# boat ?? Did you check out Cad-Escalade-EXT ?? Certainly bigger than SRX - not a Hummer - but very nice; big seats (only 2 rows), deep leg room, limo-like ride, smooth & very quiet; my 6'4" @ 300# friend w/ 6 liter EXT @ 345 hp says ~12+ in town, ~20+ on trip
 

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Just returned from NJ (850 mi each way). Apples & Oranges? Maybe, but each are "Mid-sized" 7 passenger, Luxury level (at least my Limited is) High HP (using the Hemi option) SUV's. Never intended to compare the Jeep & H2!!

Initial observations:
*15.9 mpg average highway (this is with an un-broken in engine). I'm sure it will improve somewhat. The Hemi is supposed to "kick-down" to 4 cyl's on the highway, but no indication as to when--by feel OR visually.
*VERY tight steering--very hard to keep perfectly straight. Takes getting used to!
*VERY quiet and smooth
*Front seats are far more comfortable than the SRX. Somewhat cramped middle seat (5" less leg room than SRX) They are 40-20-40, and the 2 40's recline somewhat; same "kids only" rear seat, but they are 50-50 and are standard (not powered)--not $1000 extra!
*NAV is superior than SRX's except it is NOT touch screen or does it have user voice commanding---it has far greater search capabilities, limited programming "on-the-fly. (It's made by Alpine, with MapTech mapping). Newer DVD's "may" contain software updates, and are $150 list.
*Fit and finish are supurb
*Rain sensitive automatic wipers are fantastic!!! (went thru 4-5 rain storms today)
*Auto-dimming brights work great
*Seat belt warning "beeper" is a PAIN-IN-THE-A**! (will have to work on that)
*"Flipper" back window is great. Window or whole hatch.
*Tranny has the +/- feature like the SRX, but it doesn't change the suspension. It DOES have 4-LOW gearing and Tow-haul button to change shift pattern and lock out 5th gear.
*It's got the equivelent of StabiliTrak.
*I got 1 year free Sirius, but would have preferred XM on principal--I HATE Howard Stern! Works great.
*Rear DVD/CD/Sirius with 2 wireless head-phones saved me much aggrevation!

I'm sure there is more, but I'm tired!

OH, the H2 averaged 8 in town, 11.5 or so highway!!!
 

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Comparing a Jeep to a Cadillac? At the risk of sounding pompous...No, really? The Jeep is more in line with a Ford Explorer. I recall someone trying to compare a Dodge Magnum to the Cadillac in the past.
 

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LUVMYSRX said:
Comparing a Jeep to a Cadillac? At the risk of sounding pompous...No, really? The Jeep is more in line with a Ford Explorer. I recall someone trying to compare a Dodge Magnum to the Cadillac in the past.
Regardless, I still think it's a good comparison based on the size and what each of the vehicles is mainly used for. A real body on frame "truck" is no SRX, that's for sure, but the distinct differences he noticed are interesting nonetheless.
 

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And what, exactly, do you feel is NOT worth comparing?

The Commander, as I have it, is a mid-sized, luxury, high powered, AWD, SUV (whether GM cares to call it that or a "crossover" or not).

I do not contemplate swapping cars with my wife (who drives the Commander daily), but if I did, I would not consider myself downgrading at all! Might even think it was an upgrade.

Guess there are still pompous snobs in this world!
 

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What is next comparsion? Cadillac SRX vs Kia Sorento!!!!
Johan - Maybe that's a good idea!
sgilbert from the country's heartland with over 400 posts(forum count),
60 years old and a member since March of 04 we can at least have a high level of confidence in his report. Being a long time SRX owner and member of this forum sgilbert knows of the failings of the SRX as well as it's unique superior features.
I for one think a report from sgilbert is more believable than from just about any other source.
By the way, for the dollars, the Sorento and it's warranty may just be a better value.
 

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Thank You John!
Sporty? Depends on your definition, but off-hand, I'd say no----more like "distinguished"
My sisters first remark was (my Commander is black) "Gangster Car". My first thought was it looks like a mini presidential limo. (It has large vertical grab handles on each side of the rear hatch for the Secret Service agents)

Pictures attached (sorry, I didn't wash it!)
 

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I am sorry, but it looks like something out of the eastern block in the late 80s. It is probably a great vehicle, but it makes a H2 seem attactive. JMHO..
 

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Sgilbert, didn't mean to offend you in any way. I know the post came across as snobby but that was not my intent. And I (as well as many others) in this forum appreciate all the contributions from the long time members. However I find it amusing when trying to compare such different cars. I do not think I am in the minority when stating that anyone that is seriously thinking SRX (and when I say serious I mean checkbook is out and ready to buy), would turn around and pick up a Jeep or Dodge. I think the only vehicles the SRX is comperable to is the BMW and Mercedes categories in the sense of price, features, sporty, status, etc. For example, when looking at the SRX we also looked at the Land Rover LR3. Great car... but when you drive the two cars, there was no comparison. The LR3 is a very capable off roader but not sporty whatsoever and not very fun for everyday driving (which is the majority of what we do). Besides we feared with the LR3, that the kids in the neighborhood would run behind us wanting to buy ice cream. Thanks for the write up anyhow.
 

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"Guess there are still pompous snobs in this world!"

LuvMySRX, I was NOT referring to you...but the comment about a Kia Sorento was not called for.

For the last time....I sold the H2....not my SRX!
 

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What strange people in here...just can't get over the fact that someone might feel there are certain things about their new Jeep that are BETTER than the Caddy. It's all personal opinion, but still interesting to see and read, I think.:)
 

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If all 19 year olds were 1/2 as perceptive and 1/2 as willing to get along with their fellow human beings as caddycruiser, we'd be in a far happier, better world!
 

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People can compare anything they want. We can do a comparo on the SRX with a Focus wagon for all I care as they are both forms of a wagon. It seems to me that it is up to the individual reader/user to decide if the comparison is a valid one for him/her self. However, we are all allowed to have opinions on the comparison/discussion. Having an opinion does not mean we are bashing anyone, at least with me anyways. I just like reading about all cars as I am a car nerd.

I just would not shop a jeep along side an SRX or think about them in the same sentence as one is truck based and one is car based, two very different animals to me. To each his own I guess...:thumbsup:
 
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