- Strong new Hurricane engine
- Excellent McIntosh stereo and Uconnect infotainment system
- Lots of space and amenities in all three rows
- Exterior styling not distinctive enough
- Weak lane keeping assistance
- Basic three-year warranty is not competitive
The 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L is the largest and largest Jeep on the market, stretching more than a foot longer than the shorter-wheelbase Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is already a huge full-size SUV.
It’s a tale of two patterns. The exterior is bland – with no Jeep branding, you might not guess what it is if not for the giant “Wagoneer” lettering on the back. It is not by chance; Jeep treats the Wagoneer as its own brand. You won’t mind the branding inside, though, as the interior is a luxurious treat with thick leather, inset aluminum ‘Grand Wagoneer’ lettering in the woodgrain dash, 75.0 inches of available screen space including a co-pilot screen for the front passenger, smart storage, excellent massage and folding seats, and a huge amount of space in all three rows. “Not a bad seat in the house,” said editor-in-chief Ed Loh.
The new high-output version of the Hurricane 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six powers this massive Jeep, delivering 510 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, and it comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s smooth and creamy to drive and gives the right amount of what you need when you need it. The engine’s low-end, off-the-line oomph is as good as a V-8—non-L Grand Wagoneers offer both this I-6 and a 6.4-liter V-8—and the peak power is there, too .
“This vehicle is one of the best-handling large SUVs I’ve driven to date,” said Loh. “It absolutely puts every other big triple on the trailer on the winding track. It’s very composed through the corners.”
But features editor Christian Seabaugh experienced some lag under hard acceleration as the transmission took a beat to respond and brake feel was too soft for his liking.
The SUV drives like a much smaller vehicle until you hit big bumps in the road, which serve as a reminder of how heavy the truck is. Push it, and there’s some body roll, almost inevitable in a vehicle this size and with such a comfortable suspension. Of course, this is still a Jeep—er, Wagoneer—so it offers three all-wheel-drive systems and a height-adjustable air suspension; unsurprisingly, the Grand Wagoneer tore through the off-road test without breaking a sweat.
The judges appreciated the intuitive Uconnect 5 infotainment system, which has hard controls for the audio and HVAC systems. “There is plenty of USB for passengers, excellent storage for everyone, excellent seating throughout the cabin and excellent ingress/egress for the third row,” said guest judge Gordon Dickie. “And once you get in it’s actually comfortable, so well done.”
Although the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer L takes on mainstream full-size SUVs like the Chevy Suburban and Ford Expedition Max, the Grand Wagoneer L is aimed at the upper crust, specifically the Lincoln Navigator L and Cadillac Escalade ESV, while packing a punch. on the Range Rover. This premium Jeep has been around for years, and families will appreciate this fine road trip vehicle.
“It’s a shame Jeep declined to put its name on this vehicle,” said senior editor Aaron Gold, “because it’s certainly an achievement it should be very proud of.”
|2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L (Series II) Specifications.|
|Base price/As tested||$101,000 (estimated) / $114,000 (estimated)|
|Current (SAE network)||510 hp at 5,700 rpm|
|Torque (SAE grid)||500 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm|
|Accel, 0-60 mph||5.0 sec|
|Quarter-Mile||13.5 sec @ 102.7 mph|
|Braking, 60-0 mph||138 feet|
|Lateral acceleration||0.73 g (average)|
|MT figure eight||28.2 sec @ 0.62g (average)|
|EPA City/Hwy/Comb||14/19/16 mpg (estimated)|
|EPA range, comb||488 miles (estimated)|
|Vehicle layout||Front engine, 4WD, 7-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)||6,410 lb (51/49%)|
|length x width x height||226.7 x 83.6 x 77.3 inches|
|For sale||Late 2022|