It has been 30 years since Jeep last made a family-hauler called Wagoneer. This new Jeep Wagoneer recognizes that era by presenting this impressive SUV with an all-wheel drive system, plus a mammoth cabin featuring the most beautiful wood paneling throughout the interior.
There are several major changes from the former model to the new. Today’s Wagoneer is 30 inches longer, and provides accommodation for up to eight passengers with a roomy third-row seating.
The Wagoneer is bold and beautiful, and it hasn’t lost its passion for the outdoors and the adventures that accompany it.
Inside, you will find high quality materials and an advanced Uconnect 5 NAV infotainment system with GPS navigation in the 10.1-inch display. Modern connectivity support includes both Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto. The instrument gauge panel is all digital, served by the 10.25-inch Driver Information Digital Cluster Display.
Alpine 9-speaker system with subwoofer works together with tri-zone climate control to provide a great environment of pleasing sound and relaxing comfort.
Wagoneer is prepared for cold weather by offering standard heated steering wheel and heated/ventilated front seats.
An 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat and front passenger’s seat complement 40/20/40-split second-row seats and 60/40-split third-row seats to accommodate eight passengers.
Wagoneer is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine which produces up to 392 horsepower and 404 lb-ft of torque. Mild-hybrid eTorque system improves low-end torque to get the vehicle moving quickly from low speed. Engine power is routed through the 8HP75 8-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Range Select (ERS). The fuel consumption for this big AWD SUV is rated at 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
This new Wagoneer is equipped to tackle adventures off the beaten path. Quadra-Trac II 4X4 system with Selec-Terrain Traction Management System, two-speed low transfer case, available Quadra-Lift Air Suspension, differential front axle with disconnect, and Trac-Loc anti-spin rear electronic differential empower the Wagoneer to overcome challenging terrains.
Jeep’s unique underpinning design allows Wagoneer to tow up to 10,000 pounds.
Jeep Wagoneer is a family-focused SUV that competes quite nicely against Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition. But the $72,440 MSRP for the Series II 4X4 is closer to luxury vehicles like BMW 7 and Mercedes Benz GLS.
Wagoneer offers a Convenience Group package for $3,995 that brings Quadra-Lift Air Suspension, Head-Up Display, 360 Surround-View Camera, Drowsy Driver Detection, Intersection Collision Assist System, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
My Wagoneer was wrapped in Bright White Clear-Coat Exterior Paint that went wonderfully well with the Sea Salt/Black interior featuring Napa leather-trimmed seats.
Side steps, hands-free power liftgate, Class 4 receiver hitch, and 20-inch Fully-Painted Silver Litho Aluminum Wheels complete the Wagoneer’s outside ensemble.
Wagoneer was magnificently large and made for a family. It handled well on- and off-road — best large off road SUV I have ever driven. However, I think because of its size a normal bumpy road felt more bumpy.
The more skilled you are with technology, the better you will master the available technology offered through the Uconnect NAV system screen. I would have preferred a stand-alone clock rather than a small digital one. Also, gloved hands work better with knobs and larger buttons rather than small buttons or touch-screen to navigate from feature to feature. The Ram truck is a perfect example for easier access.
3 years/36,000 miles Basic Limited Warranty
5 years/60,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty
5 years/unlimited miles Corrosion Perforation Warranty
5 years/60,000 miles Roadside Assistance
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