After a decades-long hiatus, the Jeep Wagoneer has returned for the 2022 model year. This luxury full-size SUV shares the Ram 1500’s body-on-frame construction. It’s available in three trim levels, and Consumer Reports recently reviewed the mid-range Series II. It’s not the vehicle for drivers looking to save gas, but it provides plenty of comfort features and an excellent ride. Here are Consumer Reports’ five favorite things about the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer.
1. The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer provides an incredibly comfortable ride
Though not meant for intense off-roading, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer provides an exceptionally comfortable ride on paved roads. Its independent rear suspension absorbs most bumps, even with its large 22-inch wheels. The suspension is different from the Ram 1500’s, and most Wagoneers include the optional package with air springs instead of coil springs.
However, Consumer Reports found that the Wagoneer rocks a bit because it’s so heavy and tall. The driver can adjust the ride to be softer with the Auto mode or stiffer with the Sport mode.
2. Consumer Reports testers like the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer’s quiet cabin
It’s nice and quiet inside the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer’s cabin, which effectively blocks outside noise. Even the V8 engine isn’t too loud and is noticeable only when accelerating hard, making a “throaty rumble” that most of CR’s testers enjoyed.
But Consumer Reports noticed a bit of reverberation when the cylinder-deactivation system switched to four-cylinder mode to save gas. And the 22-inch tires make some noise when traversing deeper potholes.
3. The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer has attentive acceleration
Consumer Reports’ 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series II accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, making it faster than the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition Max. The Wagoneer packs a 392-hp 5.7-liter V8 engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. CR calls the powertrain “wonderful, almost sinful.” It accelerates and shifts smoothly, making passing other vehicles easy, despite the Wagoneer’s heavy curb weight.
Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is available. However, even the RWD version guzzles gas, getting only 15 mpg overall. Despite its cylinder-deactivation system and mild-hybrid setup, the 2022 Wagoneer has the worst fuel efficiency among large SUVs.
4. Consumer Reports reviewers love the roomy interior
There’s plenty of space inside the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer. The driver has lots of headroom, and the center console doesn’t cut into the space for the driver’s right knee. Despite the wide cabin, most controls are easy to reach, and power-adjustable pedals provide a better fit for all drivers.
In addition, second-row passengers get copious headroom and legroom, and Consumer Reports found the third row to be the roomiest and most comfortable available. It provides even large adults enough room to relax in the back. Plus, entering the rear seats is a breeze thanks to the Wagoneer’s high roof, large door openings, grab handles, and running boards. Cargo space is also good.
5. The cabin oozes opulence
Consumer Reports says the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer “makes a great first impression.” It abounds with quality materials, including plenty of leather, contrast stitching, and wood inlays on the door panels and dashboard. There are soft-touch materials and faux carbon-fiber trims. In addition, felt lines the glove box and bins, although the glove compartment door pops open too easily.
Consumer Reports notes the gear selector’s “burly and grippy knurled surface” but also points out some rough edges and noticeable mold lines on the dashboard and door pockets. And though this SUV is stylish, its interior doesn’t justify the high price. The Wagoneer Series II that CR tested came in at more than $81,000.
Overall, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer isn’t a perfect vehicle. Consumer Reports gives it lower marks for fuel economy, agility, and braking. It also has a higher MSRP than its competitors. But it earns positive marks for its acceleration, comfortable ride, quiet interior, spaciousness, and fit and finish.