Spec Check: 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer against the competition
2022 Grand Wagoneer versus Competition: Power Struggle.
Since appearance is entirely subjective, we’ll leave such things out of this comparison. It’s safe to say that the Grand Wagoneer, Navigator, and Escalade are all well executed, but the rest is up to the beholder’s eyes. Instead, let’s start with what motivates these giant family hauliers.
The smallest (in terms of number of cylinders and displacement) is the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6, which rests under the hood of the Lincoln. It’s the only engine offered in the Navigator, but it’s not lacking in performance. The turbocharged mill develops 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. That’s more than enough to get you up and going for the big SUV, as we recently found out.
Under the hood of the Escalade is either a 6.2-liter V-8 with gas supply or a diesel-powered 3.0-liter turbocharger I-6. With the rest of the competition staying in gas-powered engines, we’ll do the same here. The V-8 in the Escalade develops 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Wagoneer is equipped with a 6.4-liter V-8 that develops 471 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. This makes it the most powerful and at the same time the least high-torque SUV.
2022 Grand Wagoneer versus the competition: What’s not included
If you’re even thinking of buying a massive premium SUV, you’re buying it for space and drivability, not fuel economy or performance. In terms of overall size, it’s pretty close competition between these three. The Grand Wagoneer rides on a 123-inch wheelbase, while the Escalade and Navigator use a 120.9-inch and 122.5-inch wheelbase, respectively. In terms of overall length, the jeep is again the largest. It’s four inches longer than the 210-inch Navigator and three inches longer than the 211-inch Escalade. (Note that both the Navigator and Escalade offer long wheelbase variants that are even larger than the Grand Wagoneer. We know there is a long wheelbase Grand Wagoneer on the road.)
Which of these three medium machines is the largest inside? Like the trend of newer cars getting bigger and bigger, so is the Grand Wagoneer. It offers the largest passenger volume of these three large vehicles with a total of 179.2 cubic feet of expansion space in the cabin. The Escalade and Navigator have a passenger volume of 168.4 and 172 cubic feet in the cabin, respectively.
While it might be the largest in terms of total volume, the Jeep falls behind the Caddy and Lincoln in terms of load capacity. Thanks to an available Grand Comfort screen for the rear passenger of the Grand Wagoneer, the loading volume behind the first row is somewhat impaired compared to the normal Wagoneer. There is a total of 94.2 cubic meters of cargo space in the Jeep.
The Escalade is the largest of the group when it comes to space behind the passengers, offering 109.1 cubic feet of cavernous clearance to work with. The Lincoln comes close to total space with 103.3 cubes. However, with the rear seats folded up, those numbers will obviously shrink.
Behind the second row, the Grand Wagoneer has 70.9 cubic feet of free space, with that number dropping to 27.4 cubic feet with the third row. The Lincoln is a little less roomy, with 57.5 and 19.3 cubic feet of space behind the second and third rows, respectively. The Escalade can hold up to 63 cubic feet of material behind the second row and 25.5 cubic feet of work space behind the third. Both the Caddy and Lincoln offer long-wheelbase versions of their respective SUVs, but their overall values for wheelbase make them much larger machines than the Grand Wagoneer.
2022 Grand Wagoneer versus the competition: can you take them off-road?
If for some reason you needed a huge body on a frame SUV to go off-road too, you’re in luck. All three of these full-size passenger cars offer 4WD systems, and they do should Be abundant in cable in harsh conditions. But what about off-road? After all, Jeep is essentially an off-road brand.
If you have to ask, Jeep says the Grand Wagoneer has an approach angle of up to 25 degrees, a roll over angle of 22 degrees, and a take-off angle of 24 degrees, as long as you specify the optional air suspension. These numbers are three or four degrees lower on the standard suspension. Jeep offers its Quadra-Drive II cable wagoner 4WD system with electronic limited-slip differential as standard.
Neither the Navigator nor the Escalade offer standard all-wheel drive, and neither do Cadillac and Lincoln provide approach / tip / departure angles for the Escalade and the Navigator. Jeep may be an off-road brand, but Cadillac and Lincoln are not, and that could tell you everything you need to know about off-roading in these giants.
2022 Grand Wagoneer versus competition: Tow N ‘Go
One thing an SUV buyer may or may not have on their mind is towing. All three of these body-on-framers have tow values in excess of 8,000 pounds. The Escalade has the lowest maximum towing power here and can pull a maximum of 8,200 pounds with the 6.2-liter V-8 and 2WD. Opt for 4WD and the maximum towing capacity drops to 8,000 pounds.
The Navigator has a maximum towing power of 8,700 pounds, but like the Escalade, you’ll have to go for a 2WD. If you have to drive all four wheels, the maximum towing drops to 8,300 pounds. The Grand Wagoneer has the most impressive rating of the trio, claiming to pull 9,860 pounds.
We’re excited to get behind the wheel of the new Grand Wagoneer and see if it deserves its classic name and, more importantly, see how it fares against the Caddy and Lincoln in the real world.