The 2023 Jeep® Wagoneer (WS) equipped with the new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter Hurricane inline six engine and Advanced All-Terrain Group, has been named FOUR WHEELER Magazine’s “2023 SUV of the Year.” It marks the brand’s second straight win of the title, as the 2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392 (JL) won the award last year.
The FOUR-WHEEL SUV of the Year competition is open to all new or significantly revised SUVs for the upcoming model year, which are then judged by the editors of the renowned 4×4 enthusiast.
The FOUR WHEELER team then tests various characteristics of each vehicle, including 0 to 60 mph and 1/4 mile acceleration, 60 to 0 mph braking distance, and on and off-road evaluation in both the mountains and deserts of Southern California. Vehicles are exposed to a variety of terrain conditions including sand, rocky trails, loose surface trails, rutted back roads, loose dirt slopes, mud, snow and ice. Night driving was also integrated into the competition to measure the performance of each vehicle’s lighting equipment. According to FOUR WHEELER’s editor, the 2023 Wagoneer deserved its place at this year’s competition.
“You might not look at the luxurious and big Wagoneer and realize all the capability lurking beneath its contemporary sheetmetal, but it’s there,” said Sean P. Holman, FOUR WHEELER Content Director. “The big Wagoneer will get the family on the road in comfort and style and just past the trail. Traction control is exceptional, the suspension is supple, and the new inline-six engine is a powerhouse of torque and refinement. We didn’t go into the test and thought the Wagoneer would win, but it got every vote thanks to how well it did everything we asked of it.”
“FOUR WHEELER’s extensive testing of the 2023 SUV of the Year showed that Stellantis has eloquently achieved the elusive task of creating a full-size SUV that can dominate challenging terrain including rocky trails, mud and snow,” said Ken Brubaker, editor, FOUR WHEELER. “We found the Wagoneer’s Hurricane twin-turbo engine to be a powerhouse, the vehicle’s handling is impeccable and the fit and finish is superb. The Wagoneer proved it is worthy of carrying the well-known Wagoneer nameplate and the 2023 SUV crown.”
“Historically, the vehicle that wins 4WD SUV of the Year is rarely the one expected at launch. This has proven to be the case once again with the 2023 Wagoneer sneaking in and taking the award from its more outgoing, off-road-oriented competitors,” said Jason Gonderman, editor , Truck Trend. “The Wagoneer combines a quiet and comfortable cab with legendary off-road pedigree and the hardware to back it up. Opting for the company’s phenomenal new twin-turbocharged Hurricane engine makes the package truly irresistible.”
The judges included the entire MotorTrend Truck & Off-Road Group staff, who have decades of experience working on various truck and 4×4 brands including FOUR WHEELER, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, JP, Diesel Power and Truck Trend .
“The Jeep brand is built on more than 80 years of class-leading 4×4 capability, and the new Wagoneer extends that legendary capability to the large SUV segment,” said Jim Morrison, Senior Vice President and Head of Jeep North America. “Winning the prestigious 4WD SUV of the Year title for the second consecutive year and 18th time overall is a testament to our core values of delivering freedom, adventure, authenticity and passion to our Jeep customers, and now our Wagoneer customers by giving them the ability to really go anywhere and do anything The 4WD ‘SUV of the Year’ test is second to none, and we’re truly honored to be recognized by a team of keen and expert off-roaders who truly understand 4×4 capability. “
During its 50-year tenure, the Jeep brand has taken home the title more than any other manufacturer:
- 2023 Jeep Wagoneer (WS) with All-Terrain Group
- 2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (JL) Rubicon 392
- 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (JL) Rubicon EcoDiesel
- 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (JL)
- 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (WK2)
- 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk (KL)
- 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab (JK)
- 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (JK)
- 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland (WK2)
- 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (JK)
- 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland (WJ)
- 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WJ)
- 1997 Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
- 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ)
- 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ)
- 1986 Jeep Comanche (MJ)
- 1984 Jeep Cherokee (XJ)
- 1974 Jeep Cherokee (SJ)
“FOUR WHEELER’s testing and staff have long been the industry benchmark for proving 4×4 capability,” Morrison added. “And at the Jeep brand, we’re honored to have the most FOUR-WHEEL wins.”
Standard on the Wagoneer Series II and Wagoneer Series III, the Hurricane twin-turbo engine sets the benchmark for power and efficiency in the large SUV segment with 420 horsepower and 468 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition, the engine achieves its V8-competitive performance while being up to 15% more efficient than larger engines. In fact, the Wagoneer’s Hurricane Twin Turbo engine gets up to 24 mpg highway.
The Wagoneer range offers premium driving dynamics and composed 4×4 capability. Standard on all Wagoneer 4×4 models, the class-leading Selec-Terrain system provides up to five modes (auto, sport, rock, snow, sand/mud) and allows customers to select the on- and off-road setting for optimal 4×4 performance. This feature electronically coordinates up to 12 different powertrains, brakes, 4×4 torque split and suspension systems, including throttle, transmission shifting, transmission, Hill-Descent Control and Select-Speed Control.
The Advanced All Terrain Group, available on the Wagoneer Series II, enhances the vehicle’s legendary capabilities by adding aggressive off-road wheels and tires, a two-speed transmission, a 3.92 rear axle ratio, chrome towbars, removable rear towbars, an electronic limited-slip differential, Quadra- Lift air suspension system, front suspension, fuel tank skid plate, transfer case skid plate and Select-Speed Control.
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