The All-New 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer reinterpret their own legacies and take the premium SUV into uncharted territories of style, comfort, and adventure. These are more than sport utility vehicles. They’re the means to make exceptional memories and create your own legend.
The Wagoneer is new for Jeep for 2022, but it’s hardly a new name for the brand. The Wagoneer name badge first appeared in 1963 alongside that of the luxurious Grand Wagoneer SUV. It was also used on a trim level for versions of the brand’s Cherokee and Grand Cherokee models in the 1990s.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All Wagoneer models come with a 392-hp 5.7-liter V-8 engine which is supported by a 48-volt hybrid system and offers a cylinder deactivation feature to help save fuel.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard but buyers seeking to unlock the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer‘s off-road capabilities will want to add four-wheel drive to their order sheet; rear-wheel drive is standard otherwise.
Speaking of four-wheel drive, there are three different systems to choose from, all with varying degrees of capability. Other available off-road features include an adjustable air suspension that can raise the Wagoneer to provide an additional 3.6 inches of ground clearance and a drive-mode selector system that includes sand/mud, snow, and rock modes.
Both rear- and four-wheel drive variants of the Wagoneer will be rated to tow up to 10,000 pounds. On our first test drive, we noted that the Wagoneer’s somewhat top-heavy handling doesn’t inspire the driver to zip through curves but its softly-tuned suspension delivered a smooth ride when cruising on the highway.
At our test track, the big lug managed a fairly brisk 6.7-second run to 60 mph. Stopping from 70 mph was a different story as the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer needed a long 197 feet to come to a complete stop from that speed.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to the EPA, the rear-wheel-drive 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is the most efficient one, with ratings of 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway; going with all-wheel drive drops those estimates to 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.
We haven’t had the chance to test the SUV on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route, but we’ll update this story when we have results to share. For more information about the Wagoneer’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
A spacious three-row cabin can be equipped with seating for up to eight in the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer but opting for second-row captain’s chairs reduces seating to seven.
The cabin design is rich and features plenty of standard luxury items, such as leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, ambient interior lighting, and three-zone automatic climate control.
Buyers seeking the ultimate in luxury will want to pony up for the more expensive Grand Wagoneer, but we think most will find the offerings in the regular Wagoneer suitably upscale.
Cargo space is generous, particularly with the third row folded, but we won’t know exactly how many carry-on suitcases it can hold until we can get a Wagoneer into our office for testing.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The interior of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is covered extensively by screens, with a 10.1-inch infotainment display taking center stage and a 10.3-inch digital gauge display offering readouts for the driver.
Even the front-seat passenger can have their own display—an optional 10.3-inch unit—integrated into the dashboard that provides access to navigation and entertainment functions.
The Uconnect 5 software interface allows users to access all sorts of features including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, integrated navigation, Amazon FireTV, and Alexa, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
Buyers of the top-spec Series III models will enjoy a 19-speaker stereo system developed with high-end audio equipment specialist McIntosh.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
2022 Jeep Wagoneer 4×4
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 8-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $73,845/$83,425
Options: convenience group (head-up display, heated second-row seats, auto park, auto highbeams, surround view camera), $3995;
premium group (crossbars, sunroof, cargo mat, cargo cover), $2995; rear-seat entertainment, $1995; Velvet Red Pearlcoat paint, $595
pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 345 in3, 5654 cm3
Power: 392 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 404 lb-ft @ 3950 rpm
Suspension, F/R: control arms/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.9-in vented disc/14.8-in disc
Tires: Goodyear Eagle Touring
285/45R-22 114H M+S
Wheelbase: 123.0 in
Length: 214.7 in
Width: 83.6 in
Height: 75.6 in
Passenger Volume: 179 ft3
Cargo Volume: 27 ft3
Curb Weight: 6244 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 6.7 sec
1/4-Mile: 15.1 sec @ 93 mph
100 mph: 17.7 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 7.1 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.1 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 117 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 197 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.69 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 13 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 17/15/20 mpg