2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Pros and Cons Review: A Match for Cadillac and Lincoln?


2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Pros and Cons Review: A Match for Cadillac and Lincoln?

If neither the Lincoln Navigator Black Label nor the Cadillac Escalade Platinum quite scratch your jumbo luxo-ute itch, then the new Grand Wagoneer from Jeep (on modified Ram underpinnings) is almost sure to please. It somehow manages to deliver quintessential American luxury in a fresh and authentic way.

Inside, the vibe is vaguely mid-century mod without plagiarizing Lincoln, while it trumps Cadillac’s curved OLED displays with up to 75 cumulative screen inches that all manage to present info worth viewing. Options include a passenger movie screen that remains invisible to the driver and a “relax mode” visible to all when parked, which can display things like a crackling fireplace.

MT staffers were mostly blown away by the wood trim with inlaid metal lettering, the thick leather with contrast stitching, and by the rich tones and deep bass emanating from the McIntosh 23-speaker reference audio system. “It’s peak Americana … more, more, more. There’s too much leather, too much wood, too many screens. It’s so wasteful, and yet, so wonderful. And spacious. Oh so spacious,” said senior editor Greg Fink. The third-row seat of this “short wheelbase” Grand Wagoneer matches the legroom of a Cadillac Escalade and EXT while surpassing their head, shoulder, and hiproom dimensions. The Lincoln Navigator measures larger for passenger space, but the blocky Wagoneer is the cargo champ, and we expect its long-wheelbase cousin to really earn the title bestowed by editorial-ops director Mike Floyd: “Lord Humongous, ruler of the monster SUV wasteland.”

Associate road test editor Erick Ayapana praised the 6.4-liter “monster of an engine” and smooth transmission, but we were all let down by Jeep’s overly aggressive stability control, which utterly chops all power at the merest hint of understeer, making it impossible to generate a meaningful lateral-g or figure-eight test result. And while the steering lacked feel, its light effort renders this jumbotron more maneuverable.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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