Jeep has long scored points with the outdoors crowd, as its model line has made many excursions possible. The 2023 Wagoneer was hailed by Hotcars.com for its recent luxurious touches and retaining its well-known ability to navigate everything from boulders to washout.
The Grand Wagoneer has a naturally aspirated V8, and it offers an even more plentiful list of features than what is found on the current-model Range Rover. It’s quicker and more capable than the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, Audi Q7, and BMW X7, and kicks things up a notch with the 3.0-liter Hurricane twin-turbo straight-six option. The Hemi V8 cranks out 471 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque, while the twin-turbo six-mill boasts 510 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque.
Towing ability is also a plus! When equipped with the V8, the Grand Wagoneer can pull up to 10,000 pounds. The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class can tow up to 7,700 pounds, with the other hard-nosed competition as the BMW 7 towing up to 7,500 pounds. The cabin is where the Hot Cars were most blown away by quality. The interior uses dark and natural walnut interior trim, with awesome metal inlays to smooth and complement the decoration.
The seating options are the best in the segment by leaps and bounds, with even the base model sporting Nappa along with Palermo quilted leathers in upper-end trims. Each trim comes equipped with 20-way power, heated, ventilated and massage front seats, along with second-row captain’s chairs as standard. As expectations from consumers have risen, the Jeep brand has taken every step possible to reach its top-ranked appeal.
Large screens in vehicles have grown in popularity each year, and the Grand Wagoneer is no exception. Once inside the Grand Wagoneer, you are welcomed with a 12.3-inch fully digital and customizable instrument cluster with a heated and leather steering wheel, a 12-inch high-resolution central touchscreen, along with another 10.25-inch screen controlling climate. There is also a 10.1-inch screen on deck to entertain the front row passenger as the mile markers go by.
Those in the second row are awarded with a 10.1-inch climate control touchscreen, along with the option to upgrade to a completely loaded rear entertainment system that adds one more 10.2-inch along with Amazon Fire TV. Taking the tech options a notch further, a 23-speaker McIntosh premium surround audio system, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, Alexa, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice-activated navigation, and Sirius XM are all available. The Series II trim sees one of the best buys for all-around efficiency as it comes standard with 22-inch wheels, a 10.3-inch touchscreen for the front passenger, and driver assists such as night vision and semi-autonomous driving.