The Wagoneer is the three-row SUV Jeep has needed in its lineup ever since the Commander ended production a decade ago. Brand loyalists who have outgrown their Grand Cherokees no longer need to reluctantly step up to a Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, or GMC Yukon. Think of the body-on-frame 2022 Wagoneer as an Expedition equivalent while the Grand Cherokee L is a better match for the Explorer.
That's not the end of the Wagoneer's story, though. Because the Jeep brand has so much cachet with certain buyers, the automaker is also introducing the Grand Wagoneer, a luxury version that targets the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. Learn about that Jeep right here.
It seems like the main thing missing between the Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer is that adjective. This three-row Jeep may not be as nice as its Grand counterpart, but isn't missing much.
Inside the cabin, materials and quality impress. There's lots of leather and wood, all assembled to a high standard. The Wagoneer lacks a few touches that the Grand Wagoneer gets, like metal details or an Alcantara headliner. That's true too of the Wagoneer's digital displays, which are large if not quite as large as what the Grand offers.
Likewise, the Wagoneer's 5.7-liter V-8 isn't as muscular as the Grand Wagoneer's 6.4-liter mill, but we hardly noticed a difference out on the road. Either engine moves this hulk with ease. What's perhaps most impressive about the Wagoneer's driving experience is how small it feels—this body-on-frame brute moves more like a crossover.
Although there's no denying the Grand Wagoneer is nicer, the Wagoneer is still plenty impressive. There's not much about it we'd consider a dealbreaker in choosing between it and its Grand counterpart.
OK, we'll get right to it: The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer will carry a starting price of $59,995 for a base model, the Series I in RWD form (that price includes $2,000 for destination). In fact, Jeep says the base model won't be available at launch, which is set for the second half of 2021.
If you want 4WD, you'll have to upgrade to the 2022 Wagoneer Series II model, which starts at $69,995. Add $3,000 for 4WD. Before you approach the luxury-SUV territory of the Grand Wagoneer, the 2022 Wagoneer Series III starts at $74,995 with RWD and $3,000 more for 4WD.
The Wagoneer is powered by a version of the 5.7-liter V-8 we've also seen in the Truck of the Year-winning Ram 1500 truck. With 392 hp and 404 lb-ft of torque, the eight-cylinder engine uses the automaker's eTorque mild hybrid tech to save fuel without sacrificing drivability. Jeep has confirmed
The Wagoneer's 5.7-liter V-8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy hasn't yet been revealed for the Wagoneer.
For those concerned about the V-8's excessive thirst, Jeep has confirmed all of its vehicles will have a battery electric powertrain option by 2025, including the Wagoneer.
As you'd expect of a 214.7-inch three-row SUV, there's tons of space inside the Wagoneer. An eight-passenger layout is standard, but a seven-passenger configuration with second-row captain's chairs will be available.
Although the 2022 Grand Cherokee L also has three rows of seating, the Wagoneer offers more space in its rearmost seats. There's 27.4 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats or 70.8 cubic feet when those third-row seats are folded down.
Three four-wheel-drive systems are available above the Wagoneer's standard RWD, starting with Quadra-Trac I. This basic full-time system moves torque to the wheel with the most grip. Quadra-Trac II has a two-speed transfer case and can send as much as 100 percent of the torque to any wheel. This system is standard on the Wagoneer Series III model.
At the top of Jeep's available 4WD tech is Quadra-Drive II. This system comes with a rear electronic limited-slip differential and is an option on the Wagoneer Series II and III (it's standard on the Grand Wagoneer). Like the Quadra-Trac II system, Quadra-Drive II has five settings: Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow, and Sand/Mud. Change your setting, and the SUV will adjust the transfer case, transmission shift points, throttle sensitivity, and hill-descent control.
Models with the Quadra-Lift air suspension can rise up to 3.6 inches. We've had positive experiences with the tech on the Ram 1500 and look forward to trying it out on the Jeep.
The Wagoneer is rated to tow up to 10,000 pounds with RWD or 4WD. Actually, that's 150 pounds more than the Grand Wagoneer, which is powered by a 471-hp 6.4-liter V-8 instead of the Wagoneer's 392-hp 5.7-liter V-8.
Where should we start? Jeep's new full-size three-row SUV can be loaded with tons of features to impress a Yukon-driving neighbor. Some models will roll on big 22-inch wheels, but the Wagoneer's feature appeal is more than skin deep.
A three-pane panoramic sunroof is on the options list, as is a 19-speaker McIntosh sound system, not to mention a 360-degree camera system and a parking assist system that can help with parallel and perpendicular parking jobs. Then there's the air suspension; we're fans of the air suspension on the Ram 1500 and are interested to see if the Jeep version is just as good.
You may see Jeep brag about how the 2022 Wagoneer offers up to 50 inches of total digital display screen area. To get that impressive figure, Jeep is adding all the 2022 Wagoneer's available screens, which include a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.1-inch infotainment system touchscreen.
Then, like some Audis and Range Rovers, the Wagoneer has another display below that on the center stack for other controls (that one is 10.3 inches). An available rear-seat entertainment system on Series II and Series III Premium models adds two 10.1-inch screens. Put it all together, and you're now above 50 inches.
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