Jeep Grand Wagoneer Review: Big On Luxury
Finding a used Jeep might be easier than getting ahold of the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer, but this big luxury SUV is definitely capable of turning heads. Before this model, Jeep had never debuted such a huge and luxurious SUV. The Grand Wagoneer is a throwback to the days when oversized SUVs like the Ford Excursion were common sights on American roads.
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer is essentially a bigger version of the Jeep Wagoneer. The Grand Wagoneer L model is a whole foot longer overall and has a wheelbase that is seven inches longer than the regular Wagoneer. Inside that enormous body is seating for up to eight people in three rows and plenty of luxury features. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer makes 510 horsepower with a twin-turbo V6 engine called the Hurricane. It’s not known yet if the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer will include this version on the non-L models or if it will use the previous 6.4-liter V8 that makes 471 horsepower. Regardless of which version you choose, the Grand Wagoneer is definitely not a choice for fuel economy. Ratings for combined MPG stand at a mere 16.
You won’t find a used Jeep as large or as expensive as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The base trim starts at about $90,000 and the Series III Premium top trim starts at about $110,000. There are a total of four trims with the Series II trim being the next one up from the base and the Obsidian trim being second from the top. The Series II trim is probably the best value. It starts for about $100,000, so $10,000 over the base trim. You’ll get a lot for the money there with 22-inch wheels, leather-trimmed seats, and high-tech driver assistance features like night vision and a semi-auto drive mode.
Large Families Can Live The Jeep Life
With the launch of the Grand Wagoneer, large families can finally live the Jeep life again. The only comparably large Jeep in recent memory was the Jeep Commander. However, finding a used Jeep Commander might be fairly difficult as it’s now over ten years old. A used Jeep might be more affordable, but if you’re looking for luxury in a big Jeep, the Grand Wagoneer is your only option. The cabin of the Wagoneer is very high-tech and classy with a fully digital 12.3-inch gauge cluster and ambient interior lighting, among other high-quality touches. The rearview mirror is camera-fed and a rear-seat monitoring system shows up on the main touchscreen.
In terms of driving, the Grand Wagoneer feels like a very large SUV. It’s not all that easy to maneuver and it has pronounced body roll around corners. However, the ride itself is comfortable for passengers thanks to an adaptable air suspension. The Grand Wagoneer also boasts nearly 10,000 pounds of towing ability and has 10 inches of ground clearance.
For large families with money to spend, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is about as big as they come. It’s luxurious inside and it has an attractively rugged exterior that fits the Jeep name.
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