2022 Jeep Wagoneer Review – Controversy continues

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Review – Controversy continues

A quick fact

2022 Jeep Wagoneer II 4×4 Highlights

Strength training

: 5.7L V8 with belt starter/generator (392 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm, 404 lb-ft @ 3,950 rpm)

Transmission / drive wheels

Eight-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive

Fuel economy, United States

15 city / 20 highway / 17 combined (EPA, MPG rating)

Fuel economy, Canada

15.6 city/11.7 highway/13.8 combined. (NRCan Rating, L/100km)

base price

$71,845 (US) / $81,495 (Canada)

Price as tested

$82,820 (US) / $94,470 (Canada)

Prices include a destination fee of $2,000 in the US and $1,995 to $2,695 for transportation, PDI and A/C taxes in Canada and, due to cross-border equipment differences, are not directly comparable.

The consensus, at least among us string-sucking keyboard warriors who get paid to review cars, is that the Jeep Wagoneer is a bit of a slouch, mostly due to the strangely proportioned exterior.

Of course, writes a supercharged reporter between bites of shellfish, the Wagoneer has a nice interior, the best available MacIntosh stereo and a flawless, if not incredible, powertrain. But his appearance scares small dogs.

I’ve been a little easy on the Wagoneer and its Grand Wagoneer sibling so far, because while I don’t think this car is a must-see, I don’t see it as bad, at least not in terms of overall budget, as some do. It’s only when I dig into some of the details — and reflect on the various wisdom I’ve heard talking to real car designers over the years — that I begin to realize that Jeep has missed the mark when it comes to style. It’s rare from the Stellantis brand, at least lately.

While not all Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep/Ram/Alfa products have been impressive in the past decade, may I remind you of the Safari? – I also found myself saying, in relation to certain cars under the former FCA/now Stellantis umbrella “well, at least it’s a good SEED. »

I might not think the Wagoneer is bad enough to be moved from my neighborhood, but I wouldn’t say it looks good either.

It’s great, because the interior is very nice, the MacIntosh is very rocking, and the jeep is nice and smooth, as you would expect at this price.

The Wagoneer looks pretty good to me from the front. The standard seven-slot grille is familiar and attractive. The hood looks just right. You start to think that the Wagoneer could be designed like the Grand Cherokee, but longer, and that gives you hope.

Then you go back.

It’s the odd part of the rear – there’s that word again – that spoils the look. Or, at least, it is for me. I had a recent conversation with two of my colleagues about the appearance of three-row American luxury SUVs and one of them said that the Chevy Suburban looks better in his eyes thanks to the swoopy styling elements that give the illusion of movement. It’s fine, and while I take issue with many of Chevy’s recent design choices, the Suburban doesn’t lack its appeal.

What annoys me about this Jeep land cruiser is the proportions (I might start fining myself $5 for every ‘p’ word if I can’t find a thesaurus soon). I can manage the style of slabs. Boxy may be light but that doesn’t make it bad.

But again – that rear overhang. Weft.

You don’t need to see it all from the inside, though. And the hut it is Not bad. Some devices are disappointing for the price, but style is good and form often follows function – the controls are generally easy to use. It’s not perfect – the infotainment screen isn’t well integrated and the dual-tone steering wheel looks too old school – but overall I liked it. Even the rotary dial changer is very easy to use once you get the hang of it.

These luxo-barge SUVs aren’t just about style, of course. Buyers in this class are looking for a silky-smooth V8 with torque and a velvety smooth ride. The Wagoneer generally lives up to the last – despite Jeep’s penchant for off-road tuning. The Wagoneer is as smooth as anything else in this class.

The Wagoneer comes standard with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that has a mild hybrid setup. The belt/generator has an output of 12 kW and a torque of 130 lb-ft. Total system output is 392 horsepower and 404 lb-ft of torque, and the transmission that gets the power to the wheels is an eight-speed automatic.

The Wagoneer is no lightweight, and the acceleration reflects that. The Hemi is smooth, sure, and very attractive, but you won’t be dusting off too many people during a red-light drag race. You can, however, with a heavy foot, get enough power to pass and connect. Towing capacity is 10,000 pounds.

Deception – well, it exists. And that’s about as close as anything this big can get. That is to say it is not great but at least acceptable for the suburbs. It compares to the last Suburban I drove.

Size and luxury don’t come cheap – this Wagoneer has a base price of $71,845. Diamond Black Crystal Coat color added $595 with Convenience Package (second-row manual blinds, head-up display, 360-degree camera, drowsy driver detection, park-like side assist with stop, assist system park, collision detection, traffic sign recognition. , automatic high beams and heated second-row seats) added $3,295.

The Heavy Duty Trailer-Tow package (trailer brake control, tow assist, trailer extension, heavy-duty engine cooling) added an additional $795. Finally, the $2,295 Advanced Off-Road Package added 18-inch wheels, off-road tires, a two-speed transfer case, a 3.92 axle ratio, chrome hooks, an electronic rear differential, a skid plate, front axle slip, gas. tank skid plate, air suspension, removable tow hook, Selec Speed ​​controller (allows the driver to control downhill speed via the steering wheel) and skid plate for the transfer case.

Add two more destination goodies and you’ve got an $82,820 upgrade on the ‘ole Family Truckster.

This is just anecdotal, but it seems most of the Wagoneer hate I’ve heard is aimed at the outside. It makes sense – the cabin is fine and the driving experience is what you’d expect from such a beast.

All of this baffles me as a car reviewer. My job is to be honest – even if it means being harsh – and to express my opinion, whether it is in line with the consensus or not. Also, I try to ignore and not accept the simple “that’s bad!” or “That’s great!” “I get paid to be more careful than that.

And the presence of Wagone bores me a little. In style, it’s swing and dud. I have eyes, and although the style is personal, I agree with the opinion of the general consensus, although I am less difficult on the stage than most. But the cabin is generally good, and the Wagoneer is not so offensive behind the wheel.

It’s easy to hate a car. And there are cars on the market that deserve all the hate they receive. The Wagoneer is a case in point. Jeep’s design team needs to work on styling, figures. But the rest of the package is good.

The problem is that “good enough” may not be enough to overcome the flaws of his style. Or help Jeep compete with flagships like the Suburban.

Jeep hasn’t failed too often lately. But they are a little off here.

What’s new for 2022

The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is a new large three-row SUV from Jeep.

who should buy

Jeep lovers are looking for a large SUV, those who love the ugly duckling.

[Images © 2022 Tim Heale/TTAC, Jeep]

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