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Road Test and Review: 2022 Jeep Wagoneer on Everyman Driver

The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer marks the return of this iconic SUV to the marketplace and fills an empty spot in the Jeep lineup. It finally gives Jeep fans a three-row option with seating for up to eight passengers in a spacious and comfortable interior. There’s also a hefty dose of luxury that includes standard Nappa leather seats and a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen. Even the base trim of the Wagoneer delivers a luxury experience. Its standard V8 engine provides ample grunt to get this large SUV up to speed, making the Wagoneer an excellent tow vehicle option. And, since this is a Jeep, it has genuine off-road chops, offering three four-wheel-drive systems with varying degrees of capability.

The Jeep Wagoneer is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 392 horsepower and 404 pound-feet of torque. Paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it’s a powerful engine that easily moves this large SUV up to highway speed. It’s aggressive and responsive with plenty of power to pass slower vehicles. This Jeep is a large SUV, and although drivers will feel its heft, it never seems sluggish. The transmission makes good use of the engine’s power with seamless, well-timed shifts. The ride is smooth, so potholes and imperfect road surfaces go unnoticed. Off-road, this luxury SUV is all Jeep with the capability to confidently tackle rocks, loose gravel, and muddy roads. It has all the trappings of a luxury SUV with the heart of an off-road vehicle.

The Jeep Wagoneer is available in three trim levels: Series I, Series II, and Series III. All models come standard with rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is offered across the lineup for an additional $3,000.

Series I

The entry-level Series I trim has a starting price of $57,995 (including a $2,000 destination fee). This model will be arriving later in 2021, and Jeep has yet to release details about standard and available features.

Series II

Priced from $69,995, standard features include a power liftgate, heated side mirrors, 20-inch wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, perforated Nappa leather seats, heated and ventilated 12-way power-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. Other features include a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, a nine-speaker premium Alpine audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, active lane management, full-speed forward-collision warning with active braking, and a front and rear parking system.

Series III

Pricing for the Series III starts at $74,995. It adds rear load-leveling, hill-descent control, automatic high beams, a head-up display, heated second-row seats, and an air suspension. Additional options include a 19-speaker McIntosh premium audio system and a locking in-vehicle safe.

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