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.
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.
Along with the Cherokee, the Comanche was one of the first Jeep vehicles to use a Quadra-Link suspension. This was a front suspension that included coil springs, which gave Comanche drivers a more comfortable ride and controlled handling, especially over rough terrain. Also to help aid in off-road driving ventures, the Comanche came standard with 15-inch all-weather radial-ply tires.
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 came standard with a six-foot bed but was also available 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.
Under the hood, the first Comanche came with a choice of three engines: a 2.5-liter 150 CID I-4, a 2.8-liter V-6 or a 2.1-liter turbo-diesel. The 1987 edition later introduced the 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine in place of the 2.8-liter V-6.
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!