To suggest that Jeep’s seven- or eight-passenger Wagoneer L/Grand Wagoneer L twins are elephantine is to libel pachyderms. Both boast seven newfound inches of wheelbase and 12 bonus inches overall, compared with what we now quite inadvisably call their “short-wheelbase” progeny. We are here to make you smile.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold an SUV that, in latest limo guise, requires a 19-foot-long parking space. Somewhere beneath the Grand L’s 6400-pound heft, you can hear the pitiful whimpering of a Ram 1500 chassis, now absent its live axle in favor of an independent rear suspension.

It would require eccentric judgment to consider an “L” if you don’t daily deploy it for ferrying the Broncos’ defensive line or the occasional DOT-approved bridge. Jeep gathered us in a coffeehouse parking lot, where we collectively set a Guinness record for glacial back-and-fill turns, using caffeinated civilians as billiard cushions. Of course, if your kids act up, stash ’em in the third row and tell them to write if they get work. Their contributions might help defray the top-spec Grand L’s sticker of $112,995.

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If you flatten the second- and third-row seats, the proverbial four-by-eight sheet of plywood slides in like a piece of dry toast. A nine-foot Orvis fly rod will rest flat when inserted diagonally. You could carry Delaware in this SUV, and, all kidding aside, the center console will swallow a basketball.

The facts:
• 44 cubic feet behind the third-row seats (17 cubic feet more than the SWB Grand Wagoneer)
• 43 inches of second-row legroom
• 131 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the first row

Who needs a Ram pickup?

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There’s a genuine car-enthusiast angle to all of this. (Cars were produced in America in the mid- to late 1900s, but you weren’t born then.) It’s Chrysler’s all-new “Hurricane” twin-turbo inline-six—not bent but straight, you’ve read that correctly—belting out 420 or 510 horsepower, your choice. This costly jewel-like revelation is a rev-happy 3.0-liter dervish that would stand us on our ears if it ever powered something as minuscule as, say, an automobile.

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This engine offers bits to make engineers weep: a water-to-air intercooler, twin oil pickups in the sump, and a compression ratio as high as 10.4:1. The turbos aren’t sequential, instead serving three holes per, and the low-end torque is plentiful. In fact, how does this sound: 500 pound-feet from the high-output version, which ought to suffice for your 9000-pound horse trailer.

Moreover, the glistening alloy block is less than 29 inches long and has been dyno-tortured almost flat on its side. Meaning it will fit in almost any vehicle. Except, at Chrysler, which? A grumpy old Charger? Nevertheless, for the second time in its storied career, the iron-block Hemi should be dropped at the curb.

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In our testing, the GWL (which gets the more powerful six) reached 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. If that’s too leisurely, maybe lash the McIntosh stereo’s 1375-watt amp to the eight-speed automatic. Voila, a new kind of hybrid.

We should note that there isn’t a dusty scintilla of Jeepishness in either of these luxo-leviathans. No Jeep this upscale has ever scuffed tread in blue-collar Toledo, Ohio, although it occurs to us that Mayor Kapszukiewicz might want to name a suburb after it.

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Let’s agree to characterize the styling as Long. You don’t need a stylist for this sort of work. More like an architect. No one will likely complain, but Jeep’s nemesis in this class, the Cadillac Escalade, offers at least a trace of sleekness. Killer-whale sleekness.

But enough of the big and tall jokes, because both new Ls steer and handle better than they should, even with a ride quality that is north of plush. Yeah, the steering is artificial, and the braking distance is a bit worrisome (190 feet from 70 mph), but the tracking is flawless, turn-in is predictable, and the dampers suddenly stand tall if you overcook a turn. The rubber, as you’d expect, is biased toward summer in Phoenix, not winter in Bozeman.

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And, holy hedge fund, the luxury. Check out the exquisite panel gaps, the imperceptible NVH from wind and engine, and the unexpectedly sensuous surfaces: Ultrasuede-lined A-pillars, double-stitched cowskins encasing the grab handles, and real American walnut trim. Is Leona Helmsley still dead?

At the introduction of the Ls, Jeep trailered out an original Grand Wag, vinyl wood siding and all. Wearing bell-bottom pants, the Wagoneer debuted in 1962 as a ’63 model. Back then, that grandpa of American SUVs was among the largest in our experience. Yet these latest Ls are 43 inches longer and 1.3 tons heavier. You can’t travel back in time. But apparently, you can stretch it.


2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L
Vehicle Type: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon

Base/As Tested: $93,495/$116,635
Options: Series III (22-inch wheels, 23-speaker McIntosh stereo, passenger display, night vision, massaging front seats, low-range 4WD), $19,500; rear-seat entertainment, $2195; trailer-tow package, $995; Ember Pearlcoat paint, $645; Hands-free liftgate delete, -$195

twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 183 in3, 2993 cm3
Power: 510 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 500 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

8-speed automatic

Suspension, F/R: control arms/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.9-in vented disc/14.8-in disc
Tires: Goodyear Eagle Touring
285/45R-22 114H M+S

Wheelbase: 130.0 in
Length: 226.7 in
Width: 83.6 in
Height: 77.3 in
Passenger Volume: 172 ft3
Cargo Volume: 44 ft3
Curb Weight: 6428 lb

60 mph: 4.7 sec
100 mph: 12.6 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.5 sec @ 103 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.9 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.2 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.9 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 115 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 190 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.74 g

Observed: 18 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 20 mpg
75-mph Highway Range: 610 mi

Combined/City/Highway: 16/14/19 mpg

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2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Starting at $89,995

8.5/10C/D RATING
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  • HIGHS: Relaxing ride quality, roomy interior with lots of rich bits, “L” models have huge cargo-space advantage.
  • LOWS: Not-so-great fuel economy, sheer size compromises its agility, awkward proportions won’t appeal to everyone.
  • VERDICT: The Grand Wagoneer sees Jeep enter the realm of large luxury SUVs, albeit with surprises and compromises.


Before the Grand Wagoneer arrived, Jeep had never built an SUV so big and luxurious. Within its enormous shell are three rows and seating for up to eight, not to mention attractive materials and upscale features throughout. The long-wheelbase Grand Wagoneer L has more storage space behind all those seats, too. Unfortunately, the longer version also will be more difficult to maneuver than its already cumbersome counterpart.

Regardless of length, the largest Jeep suffers from terrible fuel economy, with a combined EPA rating of just 16 mpg. That estimate isn’t for a big-displacement V-8, either, but a new twin-turbo six-cylinder with 510 horsepower. At least that engine should get the 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer and its precious cargo where it needs to go on time and in exceptional comfort. For those not looking to spend six figures, the Jeep Wagoneer is a less expensive, albeit less fancy, alternative.

What’s New for 2023?

For 2023, the Grand Wagoneer L joins the lineup. Its wheelbase is seven inches longer than the standard Wagoneer, and it’s a foot longer overall. These extensions contribute to considerably more cargo space behind all three rows of seats. Under the hood, the long-wheelbase model has Stellantis’s new Hurricane engine, which is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 510 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.

While it is standard on the stretched Grand Wagoneer L, Jeep hasn’t said if the Hurricane will also be standard on its shorter counterpart, which previously only came with a 471-hp 6.4-liter V-8.


Pricing and Which One to Buy

Series I
Series II
Series II Premium
Series II Obsidian
Series III
Series III Obsidian

We think the Series II trim level looks to be the best value. It comes standard with 22-inch wheels, a two-tone roof, a 10.3-inch touchscreen for the front passenger, nicer leather-trimmed upholstery, a rear-seat monitoring system, and additional driver assists such as night vision and a semi-autonomous drive mode.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

With the introduction of the new long-wheelbase Grand Wagoneer L comes a new engine. Dubbed the Hurricane, the 510-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. While this engine comes standard on the stretched Grand Wagoneer, Jeep hasn’t confirmed whether the short-wheelbase model will still offer the 471-hp 6.4-liter V-8 powertrain that was previously standard. As with its domestic rivals, the Grand Wagoneer utilizes body-on-frame underpinnings, in this case derived from the Ram 1500 pickup truck.

However, the Jeep features an independent rear suspension rather than the truck’s solid rear axle, which gives the SUV a smoother ride and better handling than the Ram. Along with several four-wheel-drive systems, the Grand Wagoneer offers an adaptive air suspension that can raise its ride height up to 3.6 inches or lower it by a half-inch. It also boasts 10 inches of ground clearance, up to two feet of water-fording capability, and a max tow rating of 9860 pounds.

After driving the Grand Wagoneer, we appreciated its relaxed and refined ride on the highway; however, its pickup-truck structure contributes to a jiggly ride when pavement is less smooth. Likewise, the massive SUV isn’t very agile in small spaces and suffers from notable body roll on curvy roads that is exacerbated by its light and vague steering feel.

2023 jeep grand wagoneer l

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The 2023 Grand Wagoneer L is rated at 16 mpg combined, with estimates of 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. Those figures are slightly better than the 6.4-liter V-8 that powers the 2022 Grand Wagoneer, which is rated at 15 mpg combined, 13 city, and up to 19 highway. When we have the chance to run a 2023 model on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the Grand Wagoneer’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.


Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

With standard three-row seating and space for either seven or eight passengers, the Grand Wagoneer provides large families an opportunity to live the Jeep lifestyle, which hasn’t been possible since the old and unloved Commander was around. A pair of second-row captain’s chairs are standard, but a bench seat is available for maximum passenger capacity.

As the luxury version of the regular Wagoneer, its cabin is loaded with elegant environs, such as genuine wood accents, and high-tech features, such as a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster. The interior also boasts “Easter eggs” inspired by the original Grand Wagoneer, including an old-school-inspired two-spoke steering wheel and an “EST. 1963” inscription that appears on the edge of the dashboard when you open the door.

Along with customizable ambient interior lighting, this grandest of Wagoneers offers a head-up display, a camera-fed rearview mirror, and a rear-seat monitoring system that displays a video feed onto the central touchscreen. On the standard-wheelbase model, the cargo area behind the third row measures 27 cubic feet and stowing it provides 71 cubes behind the second row. On the long-wheelbase model, there’s 44 cubic feet behind the third row and 89 cubes with the second row of seats folded flat.

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