Watch: The 2022 Jeep Commander Can Tear Through Trails

The 2022 Jeep Commander is a unique crossover that can shred off-roading trails. The Commander is currently being sold in Latin America. This video proves that the Wrangler isn’t the only Jeep that can travel off the beaten path.

Are 2022 Jeep Commanders good off-road?

The Jeep Commander is essentially the American Jeep Compass. The American Jeep Compass is sub-par in many ways, with the exception of the Trailhawk package. Jeep is popular for its off-roading vehicles, but not all Jeep models are made equally. The Wrangler rules above them all when it comes to off-roading Jeeps, and even the champ has its drawbacks, such as its limited capability as a daily driver.

The 2022 Jeep Commander proves itself to be an outlier amongst the typical non-Wrangler Jeep SUV. Its interior and exterior are classy and refined, yet it can tackle trails with the best of ’em. In the video above, the Commander effortlessly tiptoes down a steep dirt hill with all the grace of a North African Gazelle in the Sahara desert.

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The Jeep Commander goes on to shift its weight from side to side, easily getting over massive mounds of dirt, pile after pile. The Commander couldn’t be more aptly named. It is authoritative. The commander conquers stairs like Rocky trekking up to the Liberty Bell. Watching the Commander sprint up a huge hill shows you everything you need to know about this SUV.

The 2022 Jeep Commander navigates trails the way a master conductor commands an orchestra. The path may be set, but it takes skill to lead through it. It reacts in ways that show the folks at Jeep designed the Commander for the exact trail scenarios in the video. Always in control, the Commander leads the way. The closest thing we’ll get to the Commander in the United States at the moment is the 2021 Jeep Compass Trailhawk package.

What is the Jeep Compass Trailhawk package?

A new gray Jeep Compass Trailhawk package is introduced to the media at the Chicago Auto Show on July 14, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The show, which opens to the public tomorrow, is the first major auto show to be held in the United States since the start of the pandemic.
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk | Scott Olson via Getty Images

The 2021 Jeep Compass is a subcompact SUV that provides a smooth ride, great infotainment system, and even shows some off-roading ability. According to Car and Driver, its biggest drawbacks are its sluggish powertrain and cheap cabin materials. It starts at $24,495. The 2021 Jeep Compass isn’t highly recommended, but the Trailhawk package is a standout model. The Trailhawk is the Compass’ highest trim level.

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk package starts at $31,640. This trim level is $7,145 more expensive than the base model, but it definitely provides enough value to justify the price difference. Both the 2021 base model and Trailhawk make 180 horsepower using 2.4-liter engines. The real upgrades come in the form of off-roading add-ons and modifications.

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The 2021 Jeep Compass Trailhawk includes Jeep’s special multi-terrain system, a system that helps drivers navigate through several different types of terrain. It comes with an off-road suspension. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk package features skid plates for the front suspension and transmission. The Trailhawk includes a fuel tank skid plate shield and transfer case skid plate shield.

The Jeep Compass Trailhawk package comes with two front tow hooks and one rear tow hook. It also features a receiver hitch. The Trailhawk has an estimated towing capacity of 2,000 lbs. It gets a combined 26.5 miles per gallon. The main difference between the Trailhawk and the base model is the Trailhawk is better equipped to go play outside without getting hurt. This thing is armored up and, despite a lackluster powertrain, can accomplish some pretty amazing feats of strength, towing, and climbing.

Is the Jeep Compass Trailhawk package worth it?

A red Jeep Compass Trailhawk package is descending down a hill surrounded by rocks.
The Jeep Compass Trailhawk | Jeep

It is unclear whether the standard American Jeep Compass can handle off-roading challenges the way Latin America’s Jeep Commander does. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk package, however, is battle-tested. This trim is built to withstand the unique challenges that off-roading presents.

The Jeep Compass leaves much to be desired in terms of its powertrain and cabin. There are plenty of subcompact SUVs that are more fun and more comfortable to drive daily. The Jeep Compass Trailhawk package is an affordable option for those who regularly expect to put their SUV to the test up against harsh terrain.

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