2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer First Look Review: The Mother Of All SUVs

It’s the return of a legendary American nameplate. Sitting above the latest Grand Cherokee and the Wagoneer within Jeep’s lineup of SUVs, the three-row Grand Wagoneer offers even more luxury and space along with the unparalleled off-road capability expected of a Jeep. The Grand Wagoneer is the same size as the new Wagoneer which we review separately, but as the name ‘Grand’ dictates, this one offers a true premium experience in the full-size SUV segment.

It’s a corner of the market full of talent, and the Grand Wagoneer will need to fend off the likes of the new Cadillac Escalade and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. A powerful V8 engine, assertive styling, and a thoroughly modern cabin with up to 75 inches of combined screen display area should prove a formidable combination.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Models

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Series 2

6.4L V8 Gas

8-speed Automatic

All-Wheel Drive


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Gimmick-Free, Brawny Style

Jeep hasn’t tried to reinvent the wheel here. The Grand Wagoneer looks exactly as you’d expect from a Jeep – there’s just a lot more of it to take into account when navigating narrow city lanes. Like the new Escalade, it looks powerful and has plenty of presence. The traditional seven-slot grille remains, while the windows are intentionally large to improve visibility.

To set the Grand Wagoneer apart from the Wagoneer, it gets a unique hood, its own premium LED lighting, power-retractable side steps, and a two-tone black accent roof. Subtle details like the A-line that runs the full circumference of the SUV hark back to the original Wagoneer. Wheel sizes are either 20- or 22-inch items, while the upcoming Grand Wagoneer Obsidian will have blacked-out exterior elements. At 214.7 inches, the Grand Wagoneer is longer than the standard Escalade but shorter than the Escalade ESV.

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An Interior Fit For Eight Kings

The latest Cadillac Escalade’s interior blew us away, and Jeep has come up with a cabin that is at least on par with that SUV. This is a stunningly designed space with standard seating for seven and premium Nappa leather upholstery everywhere you look. Jeep has successfully merged old and new – the liberal application of handcrafted Satin American Walnut wood is a clear nod to the original Wagoneer’s extensive use of wood in its cabin, but the array of vibrant color screens dotted around the cabin can only be found in a modern SUV.

As standard, the Grand Wagoneer uses the Uconnect 5C NAV infotainment system with a 12-inch touchscreen display, complementing a 12.3-inch gauge cluster. That’s just the beginning, as there’s also a 10.25-inch front comfort display for the ventilation system, along with another 10.25-inch comfort display for second-row passengers. When fully equipped, up to 75 inches of display screens are on offer.

Impressively, even third-row occupants have 36.6 inches of legroom, and the standard second-row captain’s chairs can be replaced by a bench seat to increase seating capacity to eight. It’s a remarkably luxurious and high-tech cabin.

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No Replacement For Displacement

Like the new Escalade, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer makes use of a large-capacity V8 engine. Displacing 6.4 liters, it produces 471 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, Jeep says that it’ll accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in six seconds. However, Jeep points to the power plant’s ample low-down torque as one of its most main strengths. Impressively, it allows for a towing capacity of 9,850 pounds, which is more than both the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.

The Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system is standard on the Grand Wagoneer and includes a rear electronic limited-slip differential. Along with Selec-Terrain’s multiple modes – Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow, and Sand/Mud – the Grand Wagoneer makes off-roading more convenient than ever.

The Quadra-Lift air suspension system is standard, providing up to 10 inches of ground clearance when necessary but also providing a smoother ride. Maximum approach/ramp breakover/departure angles work out to 25/22/24 degrees respectively.

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Pricing And Competition

The new Jeep Grand Wagoneer begins at an MSRP of $86,995 for the Series I. That’s over $10,000 more than the base Cadillac Escalade, which starts at $76,195. The Lincoln Navigator also starts out more affordably at $76,185.

Following the “entry-level” Grand Wagoneer is the Series II at $93,995 and the Obsidian – which will only be available in summer 2021 – at $98,995. The priciest model is the Series III at $103,995. These prices all exclude a destination charge of $2,000. At launch, Jeep will be offering five unique configurations for the Grand Wagoneer, beginning with the Series I at $88,190 and going up to $107,980 for the Series III Premium.

While the price is undoubtedly high, the base Wagoneer that we review separately starts at a much more palatable $57,995. The Grand Wagoneer was conceived as the most luxurious flagship SUV Jeep could build, and that’s what it is.

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