2022 Jeep Wagoneer vs. 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe: Compare SUVs

It took a lot longer than it should have but Jeep has finally entered the battle of the behemoths, and the off-road brand made it big with the Wagoneer.

The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe find themselves right in the heart of the full-size SUV market with large footprints, huge exteriors, and cavernous interiors fit for a large family.

With a TCC rating of 7.2 out of 10, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer beats the 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe’s rating of 6.8, and for some good reason. But there are exceptions and caveats to everything in life, especially when it comes to three-row transportation.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4×4

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4x4

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4×4

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

Although the latest generation Tahoe is bigger than ever, the Wagoneer is even bigger. At 214.7 inches long, the Wagoneer is 4.0 inches longer than the Chevy. It doesn’t seem like much, but it makes a difference in a parking lot.

While each of these SUVs is flat-sided, the Tahoe’s front end is more blunt and upright, giving it a slightly taller and more ridiculous stature. The front of the Wagoneer feels like an overgrown Grand Cherokee, which means it looks less like a truck.

2022 Chevrolet Tahoe

2022 Chevrolet Tahoe

Inside the Tahoe is nice, but the Wagoneer is nicer. The Wagoneer’s dashboard sits lower while the front seating position is higher than in the Chevy. This provides better forward visibility than the Tahoe, and gives it a more open and airy feel thanks to the large, square windows. Materials in the Jeep are a cut above Chevy’s pay grade with nicer plastics, real metal, softer bits and a less truck-like front center console.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4x4

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4×4

Jeep gives the Wagoneer more and larger screens as standard equipment, including a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.1-inch touchscreen. While the Tahoe can be had with a 10.2-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster in LT and above trims, base models make do with analog gauges and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Jeep’s infotainment system also feels more advanced with the ability to pin apps to a pull-down box at the top of the screen for quick access along with multiple user profiles.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4x4

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4×4

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

While the Jeep has seating for up to seven or eight passengers (depending on whether it has rear-seat captain’s chairs), the Tahoe can surprisingly accommodate up to nine people. However, most Tahoes will only have seating for seven or eight, as only the base model has an optional $250 front bench that can be split three ways. The Tahoe is roomy with 34.9 inches of third-row legroom and 25.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind it. But the Wagoneer is even more roomy and capable with 36.6 inches of third-row legroom and the ability to haul 27.4 cubic feet of all things behind the third row.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4x4

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4×4

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

Powertrains are where these two passenger cars differ at the moment. The Tahoe can be had with a less efficient 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8, a thirstier but more powerful 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8, or a torque-packed, fuel-efficient 277-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel -6 with 460 lb-ft of torque. Each hooks up to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The turbodiesel is buttery smooth, as are the V-8s. The Wagoneer currently has one engine option: a thirsty 5.7-liter V-8 with 391 hp that’s aided by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that provides an additional 130 lb-ft of torque during takeoff. It all hooks up to an 8-speed automatic transmission. A turbocharged inline-6 ​​is waiting in the wings for the Wagoneer and should improve fuel economy and performance. Both models come with rear-wheel drive as standard, but most models have four-wheel drive with a 2-speed gearbox. Tahoes can be equipped to tow up to 8,400 lb, but the Wagoneer can tow up to an astounding 10,000 lb.

Both have independent rear suspension systems and can be equipped with an air suspension along with adaptive dampers. The Tahoe remains flatter around corners and has a firmer ride than the Wagoneer’s softer setup, but the Wagoneer does a better job of suffocating the road and punching out road imperfections.

No one will consider any of these mammoths effective, because that would be stupid. But the Tahoe can guzzle much less fuel with its available turbodiesel, which has an impressive EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city, 26 highway and 22 combined with all-wheel drive. It’s all downhill from there with the gas-powered V-8s in the Tahoe. All-wheel drive Wagoneers check in at 15 mpg city, 20 highway and 17 combined.

When it comes to transport, the family shouldn’t be an option, and both models come standard with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind spot and rear parking sensors. Both can be optioned with surround camera systems while the Wagoneer can even be equipped with a night vision system.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4x4

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4×4

The Chevy costs significantly less at $51,845 than the base Wagoneer at $60,995, but the Wagoneer comes with niceties like leather seats, a digital gauge cluster, and heated and cooled front seats. Choosing a Tahoe to match the equipment of a base Wagoneer almost erases the price difference.

There’s no real question why the Wagoneer beats the Tahoe with a nicer interior, more advanced technology, more towing capacity, and a roomier interior for a similar price. That is the option I would put in our garage. The exception comes into play for those who need the best possible fuel economy or seating for up to nine passengers, as the Tahoe will be the better and only option.

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