Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Wagoneer

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Automotive Editor

After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


, Automotive Editor - November 28, 2022
2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wagoneer are two very familiar names for the Jeep brand, however, they have each been recently redesigned and set a new path with improved on-road dynamics, technology, and space. The Wagoneer is more than just a plus-sized Grand Cherokee although there are plenty of similarities that are cause for a closer look. Which of these two is better for your needs? Here's what you need to know based on our latest SUV comparison.

Grand Cherokee vs. Wagoneer Price

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee offers a less expensive way into the Jeep family, however, it’s also less vehicle. The Wagoneer’s $60,995 starting price, versus the Grand Cherokee’s $40,795, is significant and not everyone will equate Wagoneer’s additional size and features with the same value.

The Grand Cherokee 4xe can push into the mid $80,000’s while the Grand Wagoneer L can approach $120,000 - meaning there are a lot of options and configurations to cover the spectrum.

All 2022 model-year Grand Cherokees have sold out while there are still 2022-year Wagoneers available. Neither is offered with a good lease deal.

Grand Cherokee L vs. Wagoneer Size

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior

The Grand Cherokee offers an extended L version that is 11 inches longer (205 inches) than the standard model to facilitate a third row, however, it’s still not as large as the standard Wagoneer which stretches to nearly 215 inches. The Wagoneer also sits nearly six inches wider at 83.6 inches.

Looking inside is a similar story with the Wagoneer providing significantly more space. The second row of the Grand Cherokee L offers 39.4 inches of legroom, which is down more than three inches to the Wagoneer while its third row measures 30.3 inches - down more than six inches while headroom is also notably less. More than just measurements, the design of the third-row seat of the Wagoneer makes it a reasonable space for adults to spend an extended amount of time.

Grand Cherokee vs. Wagoneer Performance

2022 Jeep Wagoneer

The Grand Cherokee offers more breadth of powertrain options. Its standard V6 is a good balance between fuel efficiency, power, and cost while the V8 offers better performance but it comes with a steep compromise to fuel efficiency. The most advanced powertrain is a plug-in hybrid system that offers a meaningful EV range (25 miles) and very strong acceleration from the turbocharged four-cylinder, however, this do-it-all approach is significantly more expensive upfront.

The Wagoneer is standard with a familiar V8 that features a motor to extend the engine-off range and provides a little bit of boost off the line while an optional brand-new turbocharged inline six-cylinder turbocharged engine delivers more power and improved fuel efficiency. A larger V8 is available in the Grand Wagoneer but it is eclipsed by the performance of the high-output version of the turbocharged six.

Towing performance is dominated by the Wagoneer which can pull an impressive 10,000 pounds compared to 7,200 pounds with the V8 Grand Cherokee.

Model Engine Horsepower / Torque Fuel Efficiency (Combined EPA)
Grand Cherokee 3.6-l V6 293 / 257 21
Grand Cherokee 5.7-l V8 357 / 390 17
Grand Cherokee 2.0-l I4 Turbocharged 375 / 470 56 MPGe
Wagoneer 5.7-l V8 with electrification 392 / 404 17
Wagoneer 3.0-l I6 Turbocharged 420 / 470

510 / 500 (Grand Wagoneer)
19 (est.)

17 (Grand Wagoneer)
Wagoneer 6.4-l V8 470 / 455 (Grand Wagoneer) 15

Grand Cherokee vs. Wagoneer Cargo Space

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Cargo

The Wagoneer’s large exterior translates into a spacious cargo area with 27.4 cubic feet behind the third tow and 70.8 cubic feet with the third-row seat folded. That value matches the two-row Grand Cherokee’s maximum cargo volume with its rear seat folded - there are 37.7 cubic feet behind the second row.

Folding the Wagoneer’s second row increases cargo volume to 116.7 cubic feet. For those looking for just a little bit more space, whether in the Grand Cherokee or Wagoneer, their respective long-wheelbase L models take maximum cargo capacities to 84.6 cubic feet and 130.9 cubic feet, respectively.

Wagoneer vs. Grand Cherokee: Which Jeep Is Better?

The Wagoneer and Grand Cherokee offer distinct-enough packages to prevent an unwelcome amount of cross-shopping. The Grand Cherokee offers more flavors with its various trim levels and powertrains that may be better suited to customers’ specific demands and its smaller size makes it more manageable in everyday use.

The Wagoneer provides a welcome alternative for those looking to stay within the Jeep family but need an adult-friendly third row, a hockey team’s worth of cargo space, or increased towing performance for the horse show circuit.

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, Automotive Editor

After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


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