Is the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer More Luxurious Than the 2022 Cadillac Escalade?

  • Opulent luxury features found in the Grand Wagoneer
  • OLED screen takes your breath away in the Escalade
  • Each one is roomier in different ways

Call it a clash of the Titans, call it an epic luxury battle, call it a heavyweight fight, but after you read this comparison, you’ll know. What will you know? You’ll know which SUV, the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer or the 2022 Cadillac Escalade, is the most luxurious. These two full-size SUVs play on the same playground, but only one can emerge victorious.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer2022 Cadillac Escalade
Price Range$88,440 to 104,845$76,295 to 101,595
Engine Options6.4-liter Hemi V86.2-liter V8/3.0-liter turbocharged diesel six-cylinder
Horsepower 471 horsepower420 horsepower/277 horsepower
Torque455 lb.-ft.460 lb.-ft. (both)
Transmission8-speed automatic10-speed automatic
MPG Rating13/19 RWD, 13/18 4WD14/20 2WD, 14/19 4WD | 21/27 2WD, 20/26 4WD
Data Source: Kelley Blue Book

The American full-size luxury SUV market is small

For the past two decades, the only names in America’s full-size luxury SUV market are the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer had been gone from the market for several years with the Navigator, and Escalade appeared. Today, we finally see the return of the Grand Wagoneer, giving us an actual American luxury battle in this vehicle class.

How luxurious is the interior of the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer?

A taupe 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer parked outside mountains.
2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer | Jeep

If you’re looking for a vehicle that makes you smile when you sit inside, the Grand Wagoneer will do just that. AutoGuide.com shares their experience with this SUV with admiration for the subtle ambient lighting, raised leather starter button, real-metal shifter knob, and leather quilting for the seats. Tons of storage areas fill this cabin with places to put drinks, cell phones, laptops, snacks, and books. The center console even has a chiller to keep your drinks cold.

How luxurious is the cabin of the 2022 Cadillac Escalade?

A black 2022 Cadillac Escalade parked in front of a square shaped building outdoors.
2022 Cadillac Escalade | Creative Commons

There’s an immediate “wow” factor when you open the doors to the Escalade. The massive 38-inch OLED screen is impressive and impossible to miss. You’ll see an array of black leather in the Escalade, trimmed with metals that stand out and comfort elements to keep you happy. The storage solutions of the Escalade are more useful than that of the Jeep, especially since the center console in the Cadillac has a shelf to keep things separated and organized.

Putting numbers to the cargo area of these full-size SUVs

Cargo area 2022 Cadillac Escalade
Cargo area 2022 Cadillac Escalade | Cadillac

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Rear cargo area

Jeep 27.4 cubic feet

Cadillac 25.5 cubic feet

With both rear rows folded down

Jeep 94.2 cubic feet

Cadillac 109.1 cubic feet

Tow rating

Jeep 8,260 pounds

Cadillac 7,700 pounds

Verdict

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer is ahead of the Cadillac Escalade when it comes to interior quality. The materials are better, the features are sharper, and the style is better in the Jeep.

Which full-size SUV has better technology?

We’ve got a real fight on our hands if we’re talking about the screens offered in these two SUVs. The Grand Wagoneer gives you seven screens measuring a total of 45 inches. The Uconnect 5 infotainment system operates these screens, giving you an impressive package of technology and connectivity.

Moving to the Escalade, we see the 38-inch curved OLED screen with three separate sections built into it. There are screens for the rear passengers, similar to what the Jeep offers, but you’ll notice one glaring omission in this SUV, no screen for the front passenger. The Grand Wagoneer has a screen for the front passenger as well as the rear passengers.

Verdict

Once again, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer outperforms the Cadillac Escalade when you’re considering the technology setup. Front passengers in the Caddy are stuck looking at their phones and wondering why the driver didn’t buy the Jeep.

Should you buy the Jeep Grand Wagoner or the Cadillac Escalade?

Jeep Grand Wagoneer vs Cadillac Escalade
Jeep Grand Wagoneer vs Cadillac Escalade | MotorTrend

If you’re going to stay in the base price range, the 2022 Cadillac Escalade offers better value for your money. Is it worth an extra $12,000 to have more finishes and a screen for the passenger? On the other hand, if you’re willing to reach toward the top levels of luxury and comfort for these SUVs, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a better option.

Sorry Escalade, the Grand Wagoneer has just knocked you out of the ring.

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