Jeep Wagoneer vs. Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - August 25, 2021

For the first time in two decades, Jeep has revived its Wagoneer nameplate. The name covers two full-sized SUVs — the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer — both of which are all-new for 2022. Offering buyers a pair of larger alternatives to the Grand Cherokee, the Wagoneers stray practically into the luxury segment.

The two models share much in common, including their body-on-frame platform. We'll offer a brief comparison of some of the key similarities and differences between these two SUVs to help you make an informed decision about which one is worth the money.

What the Jeep Wagoneer Gets Right

The Wagoneer is cheaper and less luxurious than the Grand Wagoneer. In base form, the Wagoneer costs $19,000 less.

It may be down a few features, but the Wagoneer uses the exact same body and platform as the Grand Wagoneer. That means that cabin space, legroom, and cargo capacity are identical between the two. That capacity is considerable — both Wagoneers have 27.4 cubic feet of space behind the third row or 116.7 with everything folded.

Like the Grand Wagoneer, the Wagoneer has a V-8 under its hood. Despite having less power, the Wagoneer has a slightly higher towing capacity. It’s rated up to 10,000 pounds, while the Grand Wagoneer manages 9,860.

Read Our Overview of the Jeep Wagoneer

What the Jeep Grand Wagoneer Gets Right

The Grand Wagoneer uses the same platform as the Wagoneer but fits it with better features all around. That starts with the engine. The Grand Wagoneer’s 6.4-liter V-8 outclasses the Wagoneer’s by 79 hp and 51 lb-ft of torque.

The Grand Wagoneer starts with many features that are optional on the Wagoneer. That includes an adaptive air suspension, which can raise or lower the ride height according to road conditions. Also standard are adaptive cruise control, retractable running boards, a head-up display, and a 19-speaker premium audio system. In the second row, the Wagoneer starts with a bench, while the Grand Wagoneer has captain’s chairs as the default.

Finally, the Grand Wagoneer dials up the design inside and out. The exterior is dripping in chrome, with a flashier grille and more prominent fender flares than the Wagoneer. On the inside, the Grand Wagoneer gets more screen space and fancier leather and wood trim.

How Much Luxury Is Enough?

With these two SUVs sharing a body, the decision between the two comes down mainly to design and features.

The Grand Wagoneer is a more luxurious experience. It looks and feels more premium, and it comes with a host of features that are optional on the Wagoneer.

For those advantages, the Grand Wagoneer asks a substantial price. The Wagoneer keeps up well in most respects, and even after adding those optional features, it’s much cheaper.

Our Verdict

The Grand Wagoneer is sumptuous, but we’re not sure it’s worth the asking price. The Wagoneer will be enough for most buyers, and it’s a better value even with options added.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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