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2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L First Drive Review: Bigger, more powerful, more economical

Jeep’s venturing into full-size SUVs with Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer It went impressively well. Our time with the big cars has been great for the most part, with their gorgeous cabins, refined driving characteristics and Very useful space. But the main problem with truck is their extremely thirsty V8. The sound is smooth and lovely, but not cheap or eco-friendly to keep fueled. But Jeep has solved this problem and strangely enough, it also has larger versions of the SUV. Its Hurricane’s new twin-turbo 6 engine seriesand until they drip down Wagoneer model, we can’t help but recommend the longer L varieties over their shorter twins. And you may even want to choose them through the word options Ford, GM and Toyota.

There are two versions of the six-cylinder Hurricane. Both have a displacement of 3.0 liters and a pair of turbochargers. The base version is the regular Wagoneer L and makes 420 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque on premium fuel, though it can run normally. Compared to the 5.7-liter V8 it replaces, the Wagoneer L’s straight-six is ​​28 hp more powerful and 64 lb-ft taller. The Grand Wagoneer L gets the 510 hurricane, 510 hp and 500 lb-ft, and it requires premium fuel. These six make 39 more horses and 45 lb-ft more than the 6.4-liter V8 it replaces.

Jeep Wagoneer L Hurricane Inline-6

These six-cylinder engines are not only more powerful than V8s but also more efficient, even when they are moving more trucks. The Wagoneer V8 with two-wheel drive gets 16 miles per gallon in the city, 22 on the highway, and 18 in combined driving. While in the end EPA No numbers have been released, but Jeep estimates that the I6 Wagoneer L will hit 17/24/20 mpg. That’s a 2 mpg overall improvement with a larger car and while that may not sound like much, when you’re talking about energy saving In teenagers, it really represents a huge fuel economy. With all-wheel drive, the gain is similar, with the V8 Wagoneer hitting 15/20/17 mpg, while the I6 Wagoneer L hits 16/23/19. These numbers are at the top Ford Expedition Max and Chevy Suburban with gas engine. The diesel GM trucks perform much better, but with substantially less power and with diesel oil Fuel costs.

Improvements from V8 Grand Wagoneer for the I6 Grand Wagoneer L gets less attention, as the short V8 gets 13 mpg city, 18 highway and 15 combined, while the six-cylinder long version gets 14/19/16. That’s the official EPA number, by the way. And the EPA has revealed another cool thing that Jeep hasn’t fully confirmed: a six-cylinder short-wheelbase Grand Wagoneer (leaving us to believe that the regular, short-lived Wagoneer will finally get an I6). ). That configuration delivers up to 14/20/17 economy. It’s not as effective Ford Expedition Maxbut it fits Suburban with a 6.2-liter V8 while delivering more power and torque.

A short story, full of specs, the new hurricanes are better in every measurable way than the V8. They are more powerful and efficient, and in the case of the standard six-cylinder engine, this is the most efficient option in the large segment. But how realistic are they?

Well, they’re great. Throttle response is admittedly a bit less sharp than in the V8, but only by a bit. And you are purchase a little more throttle response, you’ll get much lower torque drop. You do not have to work this engine is difficult to move. The turbos spin quickly and the power runs smoothly. Indeed, the entire engine operates smoothly and quietly. Part of that is due to Jeep adding extra sound insulation on the oil pan, engine block, fuel rails and even thicker dashboard. According to Jeep, cabin noise is actually 5 decibels lower than in V8 models. Our ears aren’t precisely calibrated, but it’s certainly very quiet in the cabin, save for very slight noise when hitting the gas. As for the eight-speed automatic transmission connected to these engines, it’s very smooth, although not exactly quick when changing. But that’s perfectly fine for laid-back cruisers like this.

Between the standard output Wagoneer L and the Grand Wagoneer L, the latter will definitely feel more uncomfortable when you bang it. But it’s a bit academic. Yes, it feels faster, but the usual one feels not strong enough. And considering the relatively large difference in fuel economy, we would definitely opt for a regular Wagoneer L and simply opt for it to bring it closer to a Grand Wagoneer.

Of course, the obvious question is do short-wheelbase Wagoneer models get the Hurricane? Well, Jeep hasn’t said it yet. But the EPA has listed the Grand Wagoneer with a hurricane 510. We bet they’ll both get it, but it could be a mid-year update or for the 2024 model year. It’s likely because production is just underway. As a result, Jeep is restricting engine allocation to the newest, most expensive SUV versions (long versions) and will allocate them to short models when supplies run out. is stable.

2023 Wagoneer L Carbide2023 Wagoneer L Carbide

Now, motivation isn’t everything. As we mentioned, the Wagoneer L models are the long version of the SUV. The whole thing is a leg longer than the entire short model and has a length of more than 7 inches between the wheels. Space behind the third row of seats increased from 27.4 to 44.2 cubic feet, more than the full-length GM and Ford SUV. With the third row down, cargo space reaches 88.2 cubic feet and 130.9 cubic feet with the second row down. GM’s SUVs are ahead, here, but Fords are still smaller. All rows fold down to create a flat load-bearing floor and a 4×8 plywood board can fit inside when the lift doors are closed.

Passenger space is also good, in long Wagoneers. The third row is the biggest beneficiary, and adults can actually sit there comfortably (though we found that to happen in the regular version as well). There’s enough legroom and headroom, without even having to move the second row of seats for more space. Access is easy thanks to the large space between the captain’s seats. Benches are available for the second row, but even then, there’s a quick slide and tilt lever to move the outer seats out of the way. Combined with the wider rear door, this makes third-row access simple regardless of seating layout.

2023 Wagoneer L Carbide2023 Wagoneer L Carbide

On another note, the extra length doesn’t really affect the driving experience much. It makes cruising at low speeds a bit more complicated, with wider revs and simply more vehicles to manage, but otherwise it drives like a regular Wagoneer, must say it’s great. It’s quiet, it’s comfortable, and it’s (dare we say?) almost fun to hustle. The steering is precise, has a bit of feel and it doesn’t lean too much. GM’s SUVs are better in these areas, but Jeeps come close. The Jeep is also put together impressively, with very little of the wobble and clutter of body-on-frame SUVs.

And of course, the long Wagoneers have the same wonderfully designed and furnished interiors. Grand Wagoneers is especially luxurious with real wood, leather and metal decorations and high-end sound system. They are definitely rivals of those who like Cadillac and Lincoln. But even the not-so-large Wagoneers are one step above the baseline Chevy and Ford options.

2023 Grand Wagoneer

There is one final small downside to the Wagoneer line, and that is the fact that it is a bit expensive. The base Wagoneer L with two-wheel drive starts at $64,495, and four-wheel drive adds another $3,000. That makes the Wagoneer L several thousand more expensive than the Chevy and Ford options. The all-wheel-drive Grand Wagoneer L starts at $93,495, several thousand more than the equivalent Lincoln or Cadillac.

Despite the extra cost, we still recommend long Wagoneers. New tools make them better than ever on paper and in real life. And now they’re bigger than ever. And none of the changes detract from the already great cabin and driving dynamics. With these new engines and larger sizes, the Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L are arguably the best full-size SUVs you can buy.

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