We’re finally replacing our 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 2006 Jeep Commander. It’s stupid to buy a new car, but we couldn’t resist or wait another year for a used one because we liked the Commander so much. It’s one of those cars you either love or hate; we love the boxy old-style Jeep look.

We picked it up last week after ordering it back in November. So far, we love it. It’s amazing how far the car industry has come in the last decade in general comfort, road noise, and gadgetry. Jeep fixed every annoyance I had with the Grand Cherokee and added stuff that I wished the Grand Cherokee had. Unfortunately, it gets worse gas mileage than the Grand Cherokee, but we only drive 6,000 miles/year so we shouldn’t notice it much.