Abysmal EPA Estimates for the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Mar a Great Package
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer returns this summer large and in charge with a three-row 2022 model that has a lot to offer. It’s as luxurious as the Cadillac Escalade, and its ride rivals that of the Lincoln Navigator. However, it can’t stand toe-to-toe with them when it comes to gas mileage. So, what kind of gas mileage can you expect with the latest Grand Wagoneer? Additionally, what else does the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer have to offer?
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer’s Performance
Under its hood, Jeep’s new flagship SUV has a 6.4-liter V-8 engine paired with an automatic eight-speed transmission. It’s the only powertrain available for what will be the biggest vehicle in Jeep’s lineup and is rated at 455 lb-ft of torque with both all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive options.
As for fuel economy, the all-wheel drive configuration of the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer gets an EPA-rated 13/18/15 mpg city/highway/combined. If you go with a rear-wheel drive model, the numbers are essentially the same at 13/19/15 mpg with slightly better gas mileage on the highway.
Are the lower EPA estimates justified?
While the gas mileage estimates the new Wagoneer earned aren’t the greatest, are they reasonable for a vehicle of its size? Yes, they very much are. It’s a roomy, three-row SUV that’s frame is based on that of a Dodge Ram pickup truck, after all.
The team at MotorTrend points out that Lincoln Navigator with a rear-wheel drive configuration gets an EPA-estimated 16/22/18 mpg. It’s powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain option puts out 450 horses and 510 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, if you go for an all-wheel drive model, the Navigator gets 16/20/17 mpg.
There’s a more efficient diesel engine under the hood of the Cadillac Escalade. The stout 6.2-liter V8 engine gets 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, and it’s also paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. With rear-wheel drive, the Escalade gets an EPA-estimated 15/20/17 mpg. With all-wheel drive, it’s rated at 14/19/16 mpg.
While the Escalade and Navigator get better gas mileage than the new Grand Wagoneer, it’s not by much. Fuel economy is one of the few drawbacks to large and luxurious SUVs.
An overview of the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
The upscale sibling of the standard Jeep Wagoneer, the new Grand Wagoneer offers performance, power, and great capability. There’s room for a big family on the inside to travel comfortably with more than enough tech to keep everyone connected and entertained. It’s loaded with great driver assistance features, and you even tow up to 10,000 pounds with it.
The team at Car and Driver like the Series II trim the best for its value in a pricey lineup. Series II models offer a dual-tone roof, a 10.3-inch touch screen for navigating the infotainment system upfront, and upscale upholstery with leather trimming. Additionally, there’s a rear-seat monitoring system to remind you to check the backseat for precious cargo and plenty of other great driver assistance features like a semi-autonomous driving mode and night vision.
There’s a lot to love about the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. If price isn’t an issue and you can afford the gas, you’ll really appreciate the revival of this classic family vehicle. It will be on the roads this summer, and it starts at $88,995. There’s also the obligatory blacked-out model option called Obsidian, and it starts at $100,995. Meanwhile, the Series III Premium models sit on the top shelf for $109,980. Lastly, the Series II models of the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer offer most of the luxury of the Series III but cost less at $95,995. If you don’t mind the gas mileage, it’s a great vehicle for a family.