2023 Jeep Wagoneer L Review Pros and Cons: The biggest Jeep yet

Benefits

  • Excellent new Hurricane I-6 engine
  • Large, well-equipped interior
  • Handles well for such a large SUV

Disadvantages

  • Body-on-frame shuddering over rough pavement
  • Nondescript exterior styling
  • Weak lane keeping assistance

The 2023 Jeep Wagoneer L is a new long-wheelbase model — the L is more than a foot longer than the standard version — introduced to compete with other behemoths like the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, and Ford Expedition Max. The idea is that the L can carry up to eight passengers and all their stuff at once, providing extra utility over the short-wheelbase Wagoneer, which is akin to a Chevy Tahoe and regular-length Yukon and non-Max Expedition. The second row seats slide fore and aft and provide easy access to the spacious third row, which comfortably seats three adults, with plenty of room behind it for their bags. The extra length also lends a certain elegance to the Jeep’s blocky shape, at least in the eyes of some personnel.

“I love the presence the Wagoneer has,” said senior editor Aaron Gold. “It amazes me – it feels like Jeep has been competing with the Suburban for 20 years rather than being brand new to the game. It’s such a well-made product.”

The Wagoneer L costs significantly less than its Grand Wagoneer L counterpart—yes, there’s a long version of that Escalade competitor—and while this interior lacks wood trim, its adjustment controls sit on the seat instead of the door, and there’s no “Grand “. ” letters, it doesn’t look cheap.

Most judges found the L to be downright impressive with its soft leather, rotary shifter, flat-bottomed steering wheel, storage shelf and secondary touchscreen that folds up to reveal a hidden storage area with USB and power outlets. There are four additional USB ports in each of the rear rows. “Is there a vehicle on the market with more charging options?” asked deputy editor Duncan Brady. Third-row passengers also have folding seats, armrests, separate air vents and a moonroof.

The Wagoneer L has Ram truck underpinnings, so it’s durable and can tow up to 10,000 pounds but is also very maneuverable with light and direct steering. Being a jeep, the Wagoneer L also handled the off-road course with ease, cutting through the sand and making the frame-twister section easy to work with.

Under the hood is the new Hurricane engine, the last new combustion engine family from Stellantis in the transition to electric vehicles. IL, the 3.0-liter twin-turbo I-6 engine makes 420 hp and 468 lb-ft of torque in “low power” mode; The Grand Wagoneer L gets even more power. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and acceleration is strong off the line. The shifts are clean, fast and sharp. Unexpectedly, the big L has wonderful brake and throttle response.

“I can’t believe this is the ‘low power’ engine,” said Associate Editor Alex Leanse. “The fact that it moves such a large vehicle so skillfully indicates the depth of its engineering excellence. The low-end torque response is similar to a V-8, and the midrange torque seems more than adequate.”

“The hurricane is excellent,” said digital director Erik Johnson. “ICE engines are this century’s version of the horse, but they won’t leave the party without a fight if this one is any indication. It’s super smooth, has plenty of low-end punch and sounds nice.”

The combination of a new vehicle and a new powertrain can be difficult to pull off in the first model year, but Jeep has a solid newcomer with the Wagoneer L. “It’s hard to believe how good this SUV is,” Brady said.

2023 Jeep Wagoneer L (Series II) Specifications
Base price/As tested $74,000 (estimated)/$85,000 (estimated)
Current (SAE network) 420 hp at 5,200 rpm
Torque (SAE grid) 468 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm
Accel, 0-60 mph 5.5 sec
Quarter-Mile 14.1 sec @ 95.1 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph 140 feet
Lateral acceleration 0.72 g (average)
MT figure eight 28.8 sec @ 0.58g (average)
EPA City/Hwy/Comb 16/23/19 mpg (estimated)
EPA range, comb 580 miles (estimated)
Vehicle layout Front engine, 4WD, 8-speed, 4-door SUV
Engine, gearbox 3.0L twin-turbo direct-injected DOHC 24-valve I-6, 8-speed automatic
Operating weight (f/r dist) 6,201 lb (51/49%)
Wheelbase 130.0 inches
length x width x height 226.7 x 83.6 x 77.3 inches
For sale Late 2022

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