The all-new Jeep Wagoneer is the long-anticipated revival of the Wagoneer SJ, first released in 1963. Its latest incarnation is bigger and even has an available long-wheelbase model, the Grand Wagoneer. Both have lost their famous wooden exterior trim, but you can find walnut accents inside certain models.
Consumer Reports recently posted the results of its 2022 Jeep Wagoneer road test. Though this full-size SUV has a lot going for it, CR absolutely hates it in three key areas.
1. The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer gets abysmal gas mileage
If you have a Jeep Wagoneer with rear-wheel drive, it’ll get an estimated 16/22 mpg city/highway. Opting for four-wheel drive brings the gas milage down to 15/20 mpg city/highway. However, when Consumer Reports tested the 4WD Wagoneer on city streets, it got a measly 10 mpg.
It also scored two points below its EPA rating on the highway. CR estimates owners will spend an average of $3,610 on gas at today’s prices. The only other large SUV with worse gas mileage is the Nissan Armada, with 14 mpg combined.
2. The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer’s braking distance is not great
According to Consumer Reports, adjusting to the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer’s brake pedal is difficult. Though it requires a lot of push, it’s also too sensitive when initially pressed. The Jeep Wagoneer needed at least 149 feet to to a stop from 60 mph on a dry surface.
If you had to stop at the same speed on wet pavement, the Jeep Wagoneer would need 163 feet.
Fortunately, the 2022 Wagoneer has many safety features to restore some driver confidence. You get forward automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning and lane-keeping assist. Consumer Reports testers say the lane-keeping system operates well, and they like the automatic cruise control.
3. The SUV also suffers from lackluster agility
The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is actually faster than most rivals, reaching 60 mph at the low end of 7 seconds. Power comes from a 5.7-liter V8 producing 392 hp and 404 lb-ft of torque. The engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, providing smooth shifting to match the Wagoneer’s seamless acceleration.
Unfortunately, this Jeep doesn’t have great agility. Changing lanes on the highway can take several seconds, so you’ll need to plan your maneuvers accordingly. The Jeep Wagoneer also shows a lot of body lean when driving on twistier roads, and the SUV is generally awkward to control.
The Jeep Wagoneer also received a low score on its emergency handling test, engaging the electronic stability control very quickly. Still, CR says this large SUV is a pleasure to drive straight down the highway. You can barely detect any exterior noise, and the suspension absorbs most bumps.
In addition, the 2022 Wagoneer’s tight turning radius is a plus in the city. However, sliding into a parking space is challenging with this hulking eight-seater. The trade-off is that you get three roomy, supportive rows of seating.
Drivers have lots of headroom and shoulder area, and visibility isn’t much of an issue thanks to the large windows. CR praises the Wagoneer’s interior, abounding with high-end materials and comfortable padding. Drivers can easily reach every control inside the wide cabin, though CR says some controls feel disorganized.
Overall, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is a solid and upscale contender in the large SUV segment. Sure, it lumbers around corners and guzzles gallons of fuel. But it has an agreeable powertrain and enough room to carry the whole family in style.