In the large SUV category of Consumer Reports rankings, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer placed third and got pretty good ratings. However, CR still doesn’t recommend this model. Only the two SUVs landing in the segment’s first two spots earned recommendations from Consumer Reports.
The good and bad points of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer
Consumer Reports was pretty impressed with the engine the Jeep Wagoneer offers. You get a 5.7-liter V8 that generates 392 horsepower and an acceleration time of 7.1 seconds for a 0 to 60 mph run. However, what CR didn’t like about it was its 15 mpg overall fuel economy rating. The team felt it was just too outdated with what’s available on the market today.
Another feature CR liked was the suspension. The Wagoneer was able to drive over different road imperfections with ease, so the team couldn’t feel the bumps and dips as they traveled. Handling was pretty good regarding basic curves and turns, but taking corners with this full-size SUV wasn’t impressive at all.
Regarding interior style, the Wagoneer came out on top with its high-quality materials used throughout the cabin. CR really liked the wood inlay panels located on the doors and the dashboard. It also has 27.4 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats.
According to Consumer Reports, leather seating and stitching accents gave it a luxurious feel. However, the price to get the model and trim with those features was over $81,000. Meanwhile, the Suburban Premier trim tested was $7,000 cheaper.
The braking performance was another area Consumer Reports didn’t care for. While you would expect large, heavy vehicles to take a bit longer to stop, the Wagoneer took 149 feet to stop on dry surfaces and 163 feet on wet ones. Some of its rivals, like the Cadillac Escalade, managed to stop at distances of 13-18 feet less.
CR Recommends the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia over the Wagoneer
The Ford Expedition runs on a turbo V6 engine, enabling it to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, which isn’t bad for a hefty SUV. However, it can only get around 16 mpg overall, which is better than the Jeep Wagoneer, but not by much.
According to Consumer Reports, the interior styling is exceptional, especially since the exterior still has its truck-like blocky look. You’ll find high-quality materials, like the perforated leather coverings, which you’ll find on all three rows of seats. Control knobs are covered in chrome and are easy to use, and some areas are padded throughout the cabin.
What Consumer Reports didn’t like about the Expedition’s interior was that the reviewers didn’t feel it warranted the $75,000 price tag. Too many hard plastic pieces mixed in with the luxurious bits didn’t reflect a vehicle commanding such a high price.
The other large SUV CR recommended was the Toyota Sequoia. Its 5.7-liter V8 engine impressed the CR team the most because the 381-hp powertrain enabled the SUV to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, much like the Wagoneer. It was still quick when they did a towing test while hauling a 5,000 lb trailer. It could go from 0 to 60 mph in 14.1 seconds.
The interior of the Sequoia is also nice and roomy, with plenty of storage spaces within the cabin area. Toyota offers its safety suite of features as standard equipment on all models. Drivers get automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assistance, rear cross-traffic warning, blind-spot warning, and lane-departure warning.
As for the cons, this large SUV didn’t offer a competitive fuel economy rating. The Sequoia gets around 15 mpg overall, similar to the Wagoneer but less than the Expedition. The ride and handling in this model were stiff and clumsy, which is disappointing since the Jeep Wagoneer and Expedition can do much better.
Why the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a good choice as well
If you’re still wanting to get your hands on this Jeep model, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is another choice to consider. This version offers a higher level of luxury than the regular Jeep Wagoneer. With this model, you get a 6.4-liter V8 engine that can generate 471 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque.
Not only will you get top-of-the-line leather seating, but you can get real wood inlays for the center console and other cabin areas, which seems to be iconic for the Wagoneer. It’s even topped off with some glossy black trimming, accenting the wood pieces quite nicely.
Like the standard Wagoneer model, the Grand Wagoneer version doesn’t get great gas mileage either. You’ll only get 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg when traveling on the highway, which would give you an approximate combined rating of 15 mpg, just like the standard model.
The Jeep Wagoneer offers some excellent features but isn’t considered a recommended vehicle by Consumer Reports. It’s likely due to its fuel economy rating, longer stopping distances, and poor reliability ratings. However, if you’re willing to pay the higher price tag, the Wagoneer isn’t a bad SUV overall.