There are many great ones on the market and it can be a tough segment to compete in as there simply are . The Jeep Wagoneer is in an odd position where it’s considered a luxury SUV by some and not considered one by others. Here’s a look at the and why it might not be fair to treat it like a luxury SUV.
An overview of the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer
Jeep recently brought back the Wagoneer, and it’s a solid SUV overall. According to , the Wagoneer starts at around $59,000, with the Grand Wagoneer starting at around $88,000. One of the major updates Jeep has made to the SUV for the 2023 model year is a new engine option. The Jeep SUV starts with a 5.7-liter mild-hybrid V8 and gets 392 hp and 404 lb-ft of torque.
What Jeep has given the SUV is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo I6, and it gets 420 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque. These engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic, and while they’re powerful, they’ll be thirsty. The standard V8 engine gets about 18 mpg combined, while the more powerful I6 engine option gets 20 mpg combined.
In addition to being powerful, the Wagoneer . It is spacious and luxurious and Jeep has given it many technological features as well. The Jeep SUV starts with a 10.1-inch touch screen and 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster display, for example.
The 2023 Jeep Wagoneer sits somewhere in between in the automotive industry
While the Wagoneer has some great specs, the SUV currently sits between two segments. It’s much more expensive than regular full-size SUVs, but it’s not luxurious enough to compete with truly luxurious SUVs.
For example, while US News gave the Wagoneer a higher rating than full-size SUVs from automakers like Toyota and Ford, those SUVs are generally cheaper while still being great cars.
For example, it starts at around $53,000 and is a solid full-size SUV that doesn’t have many flaws. At the other end of the spectrum, the Wagoneer falls flat compared to other luxury cars. That’s true even as car buyers upgrade to the Grand Wagoneer, which is essentially a more luxurious version of the Jeep SUV.
Despite costing nearly $30,000 more, the Grand Wagoneer is one of the worst luxury SUVs in the segment. Currently, there are eight SUVs in the full-size luxury SUV segment. The Grand Wagoneer is only in sixth place. The Jeep SUV isn’t all bad, in fact, it has an overall score of 8.2 out of 10. It’s just that its rivals are much better luxury SUVs overall.
True luxury SUVs are much better
, for example, starts at around $78,000. That makes it more expensive than the regular Wagoneer, but about $10,000 cheaper than the Grand Wagoneer. Despite that, BMW has given the X7 some powerful engine options, including a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that gets 630bhp. And of course, the X7 has a “first-rate interior” packed with high-tech features while being very comfortable.
The best full-size luxury SUV, however, is the Lincoln Navigator, which is an SUV that has only one small problem. As US News wrote, its steering feels “a little numb.” Other than that though, it’s a big luxury SUV that’s powerful and luxurious. It’s a good value, too, starting at around $77,000.