Car Review: Jeep’s Grand Wagoneer L is big, luxurious and ready to take on other big luxury SUVs

Jeep has been producing off-road ready SUVs for decades, but when it came to large luxury SUVs, the brand fell short and lost customers when they wanted something larger than the Grand Cherokee. To fix that, last year, Jeep brought back Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer nameplates for the large luxurious SUVs. Now for 2023, Jeep has made an even longer L version with cargo space and a new engine.

The new 2023 Grand Wagoneer L allows you to spread out in the big luxury SUV. (WTOP / Mike Parris)

The Grand Wagoneer L has room to spare. Not just for those in the front, but also for the second-row and third-row bench seats. Even six footers will fit without hassle. The extra length — compared to the regular Grand Wagoneer — is welcome for cargo space when all three rows of seats are in use. Fold all the seats down and this big SUV will swallow large items easily.



The Grand Wagoneer is a more luxurious SUV that compares nicely to other big dollar SUVs from Cadillac and Lincoln. The interior is the most luxurious I’ve ever seen in a Jeep vehicle. Expect a lot of soft leather and a big dose of wood trim. Those in the first two rows are treated to heated and ventilated seats.

On the outside, the 2023 Grand Wagoneer L retains that tough squared off styling that you expect from a Jeep. You do not see the name Jeep anywhere on this vehicle, but the unique seven-slot front grill will tell you. It could tackle a few trails with plenty of ground clearance, but will most likely only see some bad weather and a gravel road.

This is one big SUV. It really fills a parking spot. The Grand Wagoneer L sports a good deal of bright trim work and extra-large 22-inch wheels complete this upscale SUV.

The Grand Wagoneer L also comes with a new engine — and it is not a V-8. A Hurricane straight six-cylinder turbo engine pumps out 510 hp. It has no problem keeping up with the flow of traffic and can tow up to 10,000 lbs. when properly equipped. Fuel economy also improves when compared with the slightly smaller V8-powered Grand Wagoneer. The suspension eats most bumps nicely and provides a smoother ride than you might expect from a big SUV. However, there is some body lean in the corners. If you are coming from a car or smaller crossover, it can get your attention at first.

Cost: Base Price $98,090; as tested $107,725

MPG: 14 MPG City; 19 MPG Highway. I managed 15.1 mpg in 297 miles of mixed driving

Options: $3,995 premium group; $645 rocky mountain pear-coat exterior paint; $995 heavy-duty trailer tow package; $2,195 rear-seat entertainment group $2,000 destination

Safety: electronic roll mitigation; Parkview with Parksense front and rear park assist; adaptive cruise control with stop and go; blind spot monitoring and cross path detection; advanced brake assist; full speed forward collision warn plus; Night Vision w/ Pedestrian and Animal Detection; Head-Up Display; active lane management; intersection collision assist; drowsy driver detection

Things to know: The new Grand Wagoneer L has even more space and a new powerful engine, which means this luxury SUV is ready to compete.

Pros:

  • Grand Wagoneer L now has extra space to really spread out
  • New engine pumps out big power to motivate this huge luxury SUV
  • Luxury-lined interior and technology is competitive with class leaders

Cons:

  • Gets pricey with higher trim levels and option packages
  • Large size could be a bit daunting in parking lots and smaller spaces
  • Leans a bit in faster or tighter corners than some of the competition

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