If you’re going to pay luxury vehicle prices, you expect a luxury vehicle experience. Reviewers of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer seem to agree the Grand Wagoneer does indeed go above and beyond in the luxury department. However, it’s worth noting that many experts emphasize that this large SUV does not shy away from hard work or uneven roads in the least — which is what you’d hope for an SUV manufactured by the brand most associated with off-road ability.
It’s only to be natural about a Jeep with three rows, a penchant for ultra-luxury, and an MSRP starting at $88,640 for the 2022 model year. So, what are experts saying about the Jeep Grand Wagoneer so far?
Grand Wagoneer: Some Pros & Cons
As one reviewer for Kelley Blue Book asserts, the Grand Wagoneer has many pros and a few cons worth considering — but, hey, what vehicle doesn’t? Let’s start with a rundown of some of the advantages he highlighted in his review:
- Quadra-Lift air suspension: Air springs allow the automatic or manual modification of ride height, which can affect fuel economy and capability.
- Lavish interior with top-of-the-line materials: Leather and natural materials abound in this cabin fitting seven, which also features more than 45 inches’ worth of screens.
- Customizable climate controls: Eliminate arguments over who’s hot and who’s cold with standard four-zone climate control.
- Ample safety and assistance features: A sampling of the safety tech found in the Grand Wagoneer includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and intersection collision assist, among others.
- Capability: We’ll talk more about the highlights of off-roading and towing in the next section.
What did this reviewer see as a letdown for the Grand Wagoneer? Similarity in styling to the Wagoneer makes them appear similarly. As a large SUV, it’s probably not surprising to learn the fuel economy measures accordingly, around 15 mpg combined (18 mpg on the highway). Finally, he wishes there was a diesel version of the vehicle as well as a plug-in hybrid electric version — the latter of which he hopes may be coming down the pipeline soon.
Luxurious, But Not Delicate
It’s would be hard to picture Jeep manufacturing an SUV that wasn’t terrain-ready to some degree. Obviously, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer was not designed to climb mountains like a Wrangler, but that doesn’t mean it lacks some rugged off-road features that could go a long way on your family’s next camping trip.
As one reviewer who took a 2,600-mile road trip behind the wheel of a Grand Wagoneer writes for The Drive, this SUV can ford up to two feet of water, offers optional front tow hooks, and offers a triad of 4×4 systems that can facilitate an active low-range gear ratio and a rear electronic limited slip differential. She felt the Grand Wagoneer handled bumpy roads well in her experience.
The Selec-Terrain system allows drivers to toggle between five modes offering different torque and engine performance depending on the conditions they encounter: rock, sand/mud, snow, auto, and sport. Drivers with trailers, boats, and other hefty toys will be glad to find out that another feature commonly heralded by reviewers is the Grand Wagoneer’s maximum towing rating of 9,850 pounds — the best in its class.
Differences Between Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer
What do the experts highlight as key differences between the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer? Although they’re both large SUVs with some overlap, one expert from J.D. power calls out the following:
- The Wagoneer has a 5.7L V8 with mild-hybrid; the Grand Wagoneer has a 6.4L V8 with auto stop/start capable of more horsepower and torque.
- The Grand Wagoneer has what this reviewer considers a better 4WD system, the Quadra-Drive II.
- The Grand Wagoneer apparently ramps up curb appeal due to its special exterior styling.
All in all, the experts have a lot to say about the Grand Wagoneer.