Jeep® Heritage | 1986-1992 Jeep Comanche (MJ)

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Each Friday on the Jeep® Blog, we explore the Jeep brand’s iconic heritage by highlighting a different historical vehicle. This week’s vehicle is the 1986-1992 Jeep Comanche (MJ).

The Jeep Comanche (also called the MJ) is best remembered for its modern sporty design as well as its comfort and excellent handling on- and off-road. At a time when truck demand was steadily rising, the Comanche was the Jeep brand’s offering that stayed true to the brand’s heritage, capable (as it was based on the XJ) and affordable.

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The Jeep Comanche was a midsize pickup designed to be the best in its class. Directly modeled after the XJ Cherokee line, the Comanche was a unibody structured vehicle that was available on the market over the course of six years.

The Comanche was one of the first Jeep vehicles to use the new Quadra-Link suspension.  Additionally, to help aid in off-road driving ventures, the Comanche came standard with 15-inch all-weather radial-ply tires.

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To ensure drivers were able to get exactly what they wanted from their truck, the Comanche was available with a wide variety of options. The truck was available with a six-foot or with a seven-and-a-half-foot bed. There was an option of two- or four-wheel drive on the Comanche as well. Over the years, numerous trim levels were offered, including the X, XLS, Olympic Edition, Chief, Laredo, Pioneer and Eliminator.

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The Comanche was eventually phased out in 1992, ending the Jeep brand’s production of pickup trucks, which began in 1947.

Do you remember the Comanche? Better yet, did you actually own one? Comment below and let us know!

  • Nick

    I miss my comanche. Was a great truck.

  • Josh

    I wish I wouldn’t have ever sold mine, that little thing was a beast.

  • marco

    I still have 3 comanche, 1986 4×4 xls (restoration project) 1987 sport 4cyl 2wd and a 1990 pioneer 4×4 all of them with a 7 foot bed
    I really love those truck

  • Scott Hummell

    i proudly own one, had it since March of 2013, sucks that it was only made for 6 years but yet again, kinda a good thing, cause these computer controled stuff sucks

  • Mike La Shier

    1986 was my first, they didn’t offer the short bed the first year and my Dad was the cosigner so it was a 4×2 fresh from the factory. 1989 was my second. Factory fresh short bed 4×4 pioneer, ordered to my liking. Its been my daily driver to this day and not a dent on it. I love my Comanche and plan on it being in the family for many years to come.

  • Rancherinaz

    Yep ! Gotta 1989 Shortbed 4×4 6cyl . 5spd . 250,000 mi.
    Best vehicle I’ve ever owned . I love my Comanche !

  • Scottabn

    My 1988 4×4 242CID short bed did every job I ever asked it to do. Great truck

  • HannahLauren Leffler

    I currently drive a 1992 4×4 in red! With only about 58000 miles on it!

    • John Lamb

      Hi Hannah, I too have an MJ, but mine is the only one in the World, a 4 seater 1 ton Laredo Comanche 4×4 pickup,.
      Built as a concept car in Chryslers Venezuela factory but as Jeep discontinued the Comanche around 1992 the vehicle design never proceeded. I’m in the UK, bought this one owner Jeep in the Canary Islands
      , sat it on a ferry to Cadiz Spain for 60 hours and drove it to the UK, some 2500kms. Mine has only done 80K kms and is like new

  • John Lamb

    My MJ is different to most, built in Chryslers Venezuela as a 4 seater concept vehicle. 1992 4×4 Comanche Laredo 4X4 1 ton pickup, 80k Kms, 4 lltre gas + 5 speed stick. Drives like a new vehicle, Likes in the UK