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2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer: Did Jeep miss something big?

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The Grand Wagoneer is back, and with styling and creature comforts normally only found in luxury vehicles, it looks like Jeep will be fighting vehicles like the Escalade and Navigator for any awards slated for high-end people movers. Not only does the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer have the third row, it’s full-size.

None of that seat-on-the-floor nonsense we see in a lot of third-row vehicles. There’s also enough room behind the third row for a set of golf clubs.

The most luxurious full-size, off-road SUV

Publisher Tim Esterdahl recently traveled to New York to test drive the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. He got to tow with it and drive it off-road. That’s right, this full-size SUV is as capable as any other Jeep.

The Grand Wagoneer really is something to see. From the cool styling on the grille which uses materials you’d find on things like high-end watches to the neat details in the lights and on the hubcaps, this SUV sparkles. The chrome around the windows and the Grand Wagoneer nameplate across the liftgate really make this one stand out.

And speaking of windows — they’re huge. Even the window for the third row is large, and the dual-pane moonroof and smaller third-row moonroof let in so much daylight you’ll enjoy a very spacious-feeling cabin.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer capability

With a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, the Grand Wagoneer probably has more horsepower than it actually needs. We’re not complaining mind you, just stating facts. And those include a 10,000-pound towing capacity, which will allow you to tow a decent-sized camper, boat or livestock trailer. It seems to be very capable, and Esterdahl says the trailer braking is great.

When it comes to off-roading, the vehicle has enough torque and power to get through large obstacles even if one tire is off the ground, and the five skid plates on the off-road package help to protect the undercarriage from damage while you’re out fording streams and climbing log strewn mountain paths.

Jeep’s big miss

It goes without saying that fuel economy while towing will not be great, so it’s probably good that you won’t be towing with this every day. (That’s what trucks are for.) But we would hope that a family hauler like the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer would be more fuel-efficient than some of its counterparts since it is brand new.

According to the EPA, and Esterdahl’s experience in the vehicle, that’s just not the case. In fact, an estimated 13 MPG in the city and 18 MPG on the highway combined with a small 26-gallon fuel tank are going to have you spending a lot of time (and dollars) at the fuel station.

C’mon, Jeep. This buggy needs a hybrid engine. Stat!

In his video review, Esterdahl does a great job of comparing this new family vehicle to some of the most popular large SUVs on the market. He also shows off a lot of cool features that he loves. After watching this video, give us your thoughts on this all-new SUV.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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