2022 Jeep Wagoneer Review | AutoTrader.ca

  • USABILITY/ERGONOMICS

    9/10

The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is both an all-new vehicle and a new sub-brand that’s all about oversized luxury.

Available in Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer trims, this three-row SUV competes in Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator territory. Tested here is the Series II trim – there’s also the Series III, but no Series I – which starts at $83,690 including a non-negotiable $2,695 delivery charge. Mine was further selected at $93,075 before tax. Meanwhile, moving up to the Grand Wagoneer which has a bigger engine and even more luxury takes you from $104,690 to $117,690.

Styling: 7.5/10

The Wagoneer is a people mover, and a square box is the ideal shape to maximize headroom. It’s prettier from the front, with its traditional seven-slot Jeep grill and integrated headlights. But it’s awkward at the back, with an odd kick-up to the side window and uninspired back-end styling. The hatch opens well above the bumper, which provides a high lifting force for loading.

The Series II includes 20-inch wheels, but my tester was equipped with a $3,995 package that added 22-inch wheels, a three-panel sunroof and roof rack cross members, along with a cargo mat and lid.

Security: 8/10

The Wagoneer has not yet been crash tested by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). But it does come with a number of standard driver assistance technologies, including full-speed emergency braking at the front, adaptive cruise control with lane-centering, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, park assist and the reversing camera that is mandatory on all new vehicles. However, a 360-degree camera and a self-parking function are additional options.

Features: 8/10

The Series II comes with an extensive list of standard features, including 12-way adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, auto-dimming mirror, 115-volt power outlet, wireless phone connectivity, seating for eight passengers (other row captain’s chairs are optional), a hands-free tailgate, ambient LED interior lighting and power-adjustable pedals.

That’s the entry, though, and the ultra-luxury items are reserved for the Grand Wagoneer, including 24-way power seats, a digital rearview mirror, and four-zone climate control that can’t be added to the Wagoneer. That’s understandable, but there were extras on my options list that I’d expect to be standard on an $80,000-plus SUV, such as manual window shades, heated second-row seats, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Ease of use: 9/10

Premium vehicles often have most of their features crammed into displays with big learning curves, but the Wagoneer is refreshingly simple for the most part. There are switches for the climate control, dials for volume and tuning, and the Uconnect infotainment system – still one of the best in the business – is very intuitive. As with some other Stellantis vehicles, the gear selector is a rotary knob, which I prefer to a horrible push-pull electronic type

The seats in the second row are placed forward to make it easy to get into the third row, which is very spacious and suitable for adult passengers.

Practicality: 8.5/10

The Wagoneer has impressive leg and headroom in all three rows. Its generous 776 L of cargo volume with the third row upright is more than offered by the Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator in their regular models. There’s also plenty of room for small items, including a large center console box.

The Wagoneer comes standard with eight-passenger seating, but can be optioned for seven-passenger second-row captain’s chairs. Should you need to tow a trailer, this is your vehicle. The Jeep’s maximum towing capacity is 4,536 kg (10,000 lb), while the Lincoln tops out at 3,764 kg (8,300 lb) and the Cadillac can tow 3,628 kg (8,000 lb).

Comfort: 9/10

The supportive seats and all that space make the Wagoneer a comfortable place to be. Even the third row, although flatter than the other two, is fine for adults even on a longer drive, and both the second and third rows recline.

Effect: 8/10

The Wagoneer uses Stellanti’s proven 5.7L V8, found in everything from the Jeep Grand Cherokee to the Ram 1500 and Dodge Challenger. It makes 392 hp and 404 lb-ft of torque, but the trick up its sleeve is a self-charging mild hybrid system. The Wagoneer can’t run on its battery alone, but the system adds fuel-free torque under acceleration for smoother performance and better mileage.

The 5.7L makes strong power from a stop or when passing on the freeway, but settles down nicely when you just need to cruise around town. It is paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. If that engine isn’t enough for you, the Grand Wagoneer uses a single 6.4L V8 that produces 471 hp.

Driving feel: 6.5/10

The Wagoneer’s V8 engine is a great fit, but driving dynamics could be better. The Navigator and Escalade have tighter steering and give the impression of a smaller vehicle, while the Wagoneer’s response isn’t as quick and it feels as big as it is. This tester had the optional adaptive damping suspension, but the ride was too soft and rolly, and tightening it to sport mode brings it to where I expect a comfort mode.

The Wagoneer Series II features an automatic all-wheel drive system that adapts to driving conditions, plus auto, sport, sand/mud or snow settings. It can be optioned to a low-gear system with an electronic limited-slip differential. My tester had the optional four-corner air suspension that can be raised for off-road or lowered for easier entry and exit.

Fuel economy: 7.5/10

The Wagoneer’s 5.7L V8 is rated by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) at 15.6 L/100 km city, 11.7 highway and 13.8 combined. It didn’t go so well, I got 16.5L/100km a week with it. It accepts regular gasoline.

None of these large body-on-frame SUVs are fuel guzzlers, but the Wagoneer actually outperforms all of its gas-powered rivals except the Lincoln Navigator, which uses a turbocharged V6 and is only slightly better at 13.2L/100km in combined driving. The Cadillac Escalade gets 10.5 with its optional diesel engine but 14.7 with its V8 gas engine. The Lexus LX 600 gets 14.5 while the Infiniti QX80 is rated at 15.1 L/100 km.

Value: 8/10

For those shopping in this segment, the Wagoneer is expensive but comparable to the competition with a starting price of $83,690. Including delivery charges, the Cadillac Escalade starts at $90,498 and the Lincoln Navigator at $108,300. The Infiniti QX80 starts at $84,440, but it will take $109,595 to start in a Lexus LX 600.

The verdict

This largely huge top-level luxury SUV segment is a relatively small segment – ​​and the Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition outsell their Cadillac and Lincoln counterparts by a significant margin – so it remains to be seen whether Jeep will do it. a splash with the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, or if it answers a question no one asked.

Competitors

Specifications

Engine volume 5.7 L
Engine cylinders V8
Peak Horsepower 392 hp at 5,600 rpm
Maximum torque 404 lb-ft @ 3,950 rpm
Fuel economy 15.6 / 11.7 / 13.8 L/100 km cty/hwy/cmb
Cargo space 776 / 2,005 / 3,304 L behind 3rd/2nd/1st row
Model tested 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II
Basic price $80,995
A/C tax 100 USD
Destination fee $2,695
Price as tested $93,175

Optional equipment

$9,385 – River Rock Blue paint, $695; Convenience Group package (second-row sunshade, heated second-row seats, head-up display, automatic high-beam headlights, air suspension, adaptive damping suspension, surround-view camera, park assist, drowsy driver detection and intersection collision avoidance), $4,695; Premium Group package (22-inch wheels, roof rack crossmembers, three-panel sunroof, and cargo mat and lid), $3,995

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