Full-size SUVs came into vogue decades ago, but suddenly, now that they’ve more or less gone off into the sunset, Jeep decided to make one for the very first time.
In what seems like a bit of a bizarre move, given the model’s potentially short lifespan, Jeep threw the kitchen sink at this huge body-on-frame SUV. There is no doubt that in the US there is still a market for such a behemoth, and with sales booming for the company, this reeks of abundance. It’s an ultra-luxury vehicle the size of a small house (or tiny house if you will) in a world moving toward small pickups, crossovers, and electric cars.
Why now Jeep? Well, it seems simply because they can, and they did, and for the most part it’s actually very, very good.
10/10 First of its kind
That’s it for Jeep. However, they are around a decade behind the competition, and as much as they use a proven platform, there are several things about this lux bus that are not.
In a Jeep, it is cause for concern, there have already been three recalls, one of them concerning the airbags. Not all problems have been solved yet, and there are sure to be more problems.
9/10 Its huge
Anyone who is a beginner should never consider this, it will be an intimidating vehicle to drive and will prove difficult to park even for more experienced drivers.
The thing is 215 inches long and has more than enough room for most large families to travel comfortably, it comes standard with a 7-seat arrangement, but there is an optional bench seat that can replace the captain’s chairs if you need 8.
8/10 Incredible luxury
One thing you can’t take away from the big Jeep is that it offers incredible luxury, having two captain’s chairs in the second row as standard is something.
The materials they chose for this model don’t even compare to the rest of their lineup, and it’s finished in a way that can certainly compete with the other luxury SUVs on the market.
Not all awards are created equal in the automotive world, so the fact that a few outlets are naming it their “Best New SUV” is more or less meaningless, but an award really means something.
JD Power awarded the “best residual value” in its class. They are an independent company and base everything on hard data, it also makes perfect sense too considering how all other Jeeps hold their value. Of all the luxury SUVs, you lose the least on this one.
6/10 Terrible fuel economy
15 MPG. You won’t buy a big luxury SUV for high mileage, but even if you don’t care that much about the environment or your wallet, that’s still tragic mileage.
For 2023, Stellantis will add a turbocharged V6, but it’s currently only available on the long-wheelbase model and still only gets 17 MPG.
5/10 Latest technology
Jeep spared no expense on the inside, adding premium infotainment to the already luxurious materials.
You’re greeted by a high-resolution digital gauge cluster complemented by not one but two huge touchscreens in the center console, one for controlling the HVAC system, the other for entertainment and navigation.
4/10 Unbeatable Highway Cruiser
The Grand Wagoneer was clearly designed with long road trips in mind, it’s comfortable and incredibly stable at highway speeds.
Unfortunately, the big SUV will be very awkward around town and if you wander onto a twisty back road things will be considerably less comfortable as the burly vehicle rolls from corner to corner and its pickup roots come to the fore as smooth tarmac takes end .
3/10 Based on a ram
Although it gets fully independent rear suspension, the body-on-frame design has its limitations, one of which is ride quality.
It might feel plush and refined on the smooth motorway tarmac, but there’s a good reason the Germans it competes with don’t use this design, it’s outdated and makes the big SUV feel a little too utilitarian for its price range.
2/10 2023 updates
If you were ready to pull the trigger on one of the 2022 Jeeps, it might be worth waiting for the 2023 updates.
It will get yet another touch screen for the passenger, you will also get one that has already had all the initial bugs worked out as it enters its second year of production.
1/10 Quite possibly the last of its kind
Jeep really arrived at the luxury SUV party a decade late, their range is lacking but still very good.
At the end of the day, no one is going to buy one of these to go off-road or to do some light canyon carving on the weekend (like some other luxury SUVs), this is a highway cruiser, and a great one at that.