Wagoneer lacks panache against tough rivals
Roseville, California- The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. These two giant, full-size sports vehicles are a product of Jeep.
So why is there not a single Jeep brand on any of them? There is nothing on the hood, tailgate, dashboard or steering wheel. The instruction manual and the window sticker also lack the name Jeep.
While Jeep has obviously created 2022 Wagoneer and its more exclusive cousin – the Grand Wagoneer, it obviously wants these large three-row SUVs that can carry eight passengers to stand on their own as separate luxury vehicles.
We scratch our heads at the absurd because if anyone wants to look around on Jeep’s website, Wagoneer “twins” show up. Well, enough about Jeep’s mysterious ways.
If you’ve been around for a while, the Grand Wagoneer name should come to mind. It was a station wagon with a distinct side panel in wood that was sold between 1963 and 1991. And it was definitely made by Jeep.
In this review, we will primarily focus on the Grand Wagoneer, a flagship SUV tasked with tackling a luxury class that includes heavyweights such as the Range Rover, Mercedes G-Class, Lexus LX, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator and BMW X-7.
The competition is fierce. And Grand Wagoneer also has its own competitor. Jeep Grand Cherokee L is another large SUV with three rows that was introduced in 2021.
One thing to initially like about Grand Wagoneer is the spacious third row. Unlike most SUVs that boast of having a third row, the Grand Wagoneer can actually accommodate adults comfortably in the back row.
It also has a huge cargo space, measuring 27.4 cubic feet behind the seats in the third row. The storage space grows to 70.8 cubic feet with the third row folded down and a massive 116.7 cubes with both rows to the floor.
IN AND AWAY – 2022 GRAND WAGONEER
- Performance: 6.4-liter, V8, 471 horsepower
- Estimation of mileage: 13-18 mpg
- Price estimate: $ 87,000 to $ 104,000
- Warranty: 3 years / 36,000 miles; Driveline: 5 years / 60,000 miles; Roadside assistance: 4 years / 36,000; Corrosion: 3 years / unlimited
The Grand Wagoneer cabin is long, wide and reinforced with exclusive wood and aluminum materials. The seats are made of leather and have cool diamond pattern seams and perforation,
A look inside
The interior has a 12-inch touch screen in the middle, a 12-inch digital cluster screen, a 10-inch lower touch screen to control the seats and climate control, and the passenger can use their 10.25-inch screen for entertainment.
In our opinion, there are far too many screens and displays to be handled while trying to keep a large SUV between the lines. There are too many items to search for and tinker with for the driver. We even had trouble finding a button that is quite important – the one that opens the fuel tank lid.
We like that passengers in the second row have a 10.3-inch touch screen between the captain’s seats and an entertainment system in the back seat with a pair of 10.1-inch tablets that can stream videos, movies and live TV via Amazon Fire TV.
Grand Wagoneer does not lack power. The engine is a 6.4-liter V8 that produces 471 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
It goes 0-60 km / h in 6.0 seconds, pretty good acceleration for an SUV that weighs 6,358 pounds. Maximum towing is 9,860 pounds and Grand Wagoneer gets 13-18 mpg.
The large SUV uses the body-on-frame underpinned by the Ram 1500 pickup. Due to its truck-based, Grand Wagoneer has been known to tilt and sway through turns, although we did not experience any problems on a ski pass over mountain passes.
The standard driver’s safety features include frontal collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear crossing warning, lane change warning and lane keeping assistance.
Grand Wagoneer is capable of off-road driving. It has five adjustable ride heights and an off-road setting with a maximum ground clearance of 10 inches. Even if it is not made to care for boulders, Grand Wagoneer can do well in the backcountry.
We question whether the 2022 Grand Wagoneer will be able to keep up with the class leaders. It lacks the same elegance when compared to such as Mercedes, Lexus, BMW and Cadillac. But just like its competitors, it goes for a hefty price – between $ 87,000 to $ 104,000.