Jeep has made a name for itself in the SUV world. They were among the first to popularize the idea of the all-terrain vehicle, with the original World War II Willys-Overland Jeep models. Eventually, automakers like Toyota and Land Rover followed suit with their own take on the off-road Jeep vehicle. But the Jeep we know today was also among the first to tackle a corner of the market that is very popular and competitive in the modern world; the full-size luxury SUV.
The original Grand Wagoneer and Range Rover can trade blows all day long, and the late model Grand Wagoneers were true examples of luxury SUVs. Wood paneling and all. Unfortunately, Jeep discontinued the Grand Wagoneer in 1991, while other automakers continued with their full-size offerings, slowly joined by titans like Lincoln with the Navigator, Cadillac with the Escalade, and later the Europeans as well. But now, finally, after 20 years of waiting and speculation, Jeep has finally revived the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer for 2022.
7 The wagon man
For 2022, Jeep offers two different Wagoneer models, much like before. The Wagoneer is not that different from the Grand Wagoneer; it’s the same size, it gets three rows of seats as standard and it looks pretty much identical. The big difference is under the hood and on the window sticker.
The base Wagoneer, Series I, starts at $59,995, but that price can easily grace six figures when you start adding options. The more upscale Series II is $67,995, and the top-of-the-line Series III comes in at a hefty $74,995. RWD is standard, and there are several AWD systems to choose from, one of which even includes air suspension with adjustable ride height.
6 The Grand Wagoneer
If you want the full luxury experience, you definitely need to step up to the Grand Wagoneer. As mentioned earlier, it’s the same size as the Wagoneer, and three-row seating is standard, but the Grand Wagoneer gives you more luxury features and a more powerful powertrain (more on that later).
Stepping up to the Grand Wagoneer also adds the Obsidian trim level, which you can only get on this model. The Base Series I starts at $86,995, while the top of the line Obsidian comes in at just $100,000 ($98,995). A pretty high price to pay for a Jeep, but as you’ll soon find out, this is no ordinary Jeep.
5 Powertrains and fuel economy
To the drivetrains. This is the main difference between Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Both come standard with V8 power, but they are marginally different. The Wagoneer gets a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with eTorque mild hybrid tech, totaling 397 hp, and a very respectable 0-60 time of 6.7 seconds. Thanks to eTorque and cylinder deactivation, the Wagoneer gets a decent 16 mpg in the city and a respectable 22 mpg on the highway.
The Grand Wagoneer, meanwhile, comes with exactly the kind of powertrain you’d expect from an American full-size SUV; a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 471 hp, which can seriously get you moving. That is, move to the nearest gas station, because the Grand Wagoneer barely touches 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
4 Seating configurations
Despite what the nomenclature might suggest, both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer get three-row seating as standard, much like their smaller sibling, the Grand Cherokee L. This is an excellent plus point. As standard, thanks to the enormous width of these two, you can get seating for 8 people, with second and third row benches.
Of course, since this is a luxury SUV, you can choose to have captain’s chairs in the second row and move the bench to the third row. You also get rear seat entertainment systems as standard, which includes their own apps like Netflix, as well as very high definition screens, as well as a rear climate zone and other goodies.
3 The interior
If you climb into either of these two SUVs, you’d be surprised that you’re climbing into a Jeep. Well, aside from the fact that the interior doesn’t exactly remind you of that, the quality and technology is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before from this brand. People who have spent time in old Wranglers and the WK-generation Grand Cherokee will especially notice the difference.
On the interior front, both models are pretty much identical, with the Grand Wagoneer adding an extra screen on the passenger side of the dashboard. They both get high-definition screens, lots of high-quality fine leather everywhere, wood trim and a really impressive McIntosh sound system. The latter is optional, but as far as we’ve heard it’s worth having.
2 The technology
Being luxury SUVs at this price point, you can expect the latest and greatest technology in both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Good news; there is much of that to be found in both of them. There’s the aforementioned high-fidelity McIntosh sound system, massaging seats, a rear seat monitoring system, a WiFi hotspot, a camera feed in the rearview mirror for better visibility, Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and so much more.
In terms of security technology, there is plenty of that too; adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning with lane keeping assistant, rear cross traffic warning, blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. A semi-autonomous driving mode is also on the way.
The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer get a little complicated when it comes to powertrains and capabilities. There are actually several AWD systems to choose from, but the base Wagoneer gets RWD as standard. The Grand Wagoneer gets AWD as standard. Equip the Advanced All Terrain Group kit and you’ll get a bunch of off-road goodies.
The mechanical LSD standard on the Wagoneer is replaced with an electronic unit, as well as adjustable air suspension with up to 10″ of ground clearance, all-terrain tires, skid plates and up to 24″ of water liner. Additionally, the Grand Wagoneer with the 6.4-liter V8 is rated to tow up to 10,000 lbs, which is best in class.
After a 20-year absence, Jeep has finally revived the Wagoneer family and ushered them into the new era. While it’s hard to justify spending six figures on a Jeep-branded vehicle, there are several reasons why you might want to consider it over an Escalade, a Navigator, a Range Rover, or a Merc GLS.