On this episode of the Cheap Jeep Pickup Challenge, we take an up close and personal look at the 1989 Jeep Comanche. We find out it is better than most new trucks you can buy today.
This is a 1989 Comanche short bed that is stock with the exception of a Teraflex suspension lift, 33-inch tires, and a basic exhaust system. Why is it better than most new pickup trucks?
First, it’s very comfortable on the inside – although it is a regular two-door cab. There is plenty of space, even for taller people. Behind the can is a 6-foot bed that offers a lot of utility, but keeps the overall length of the truck relatively short for maneuverability and very good off-road capability.
Under the hood is a pretty solid straight-six 4.0-liter engine. It’s backed up by a 5-speed manual transmission. There are not many new trucks that offer a manual transmission.
If you need utility, the Comanche offers up to 1,400 lbs of payload capacity. This is very comparable to many new 4×4 full-size trucks. Our long-term 2019 Ram Rebel crew cab has a payload of just below 1,500 lbs.
Check out this very detailed video as Tommy shows us around this great little truck.