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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Series III 4x4

Vehicle Type: SUV Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 34

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $107,995
Price as Tested: $116,720

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Premium
Fuel Capacity (gal): 26.5
EPA City mpg13
EPA Highway mpg18
EPA Combined mpg15

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [O]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

slapped it on its biggest, most luxurious SUV ever. With its smooth, powerful V8, the reborn 3-row Grand Wagoneer can haul up to 8 passengers and their gear in serene comfort and tow almost 10,000 pounds. Its focus may be luxury and comfort, but the Grand Wagoneer hasn’t sacrificed its off-road cred. It has 10 inches of ground clearance (which can be raised 4 inches with its adaptive air suspension) and multiple driving modes for varied terrain. Fit and finish in the Grand Wagoneer’s cabin is excellent; allaround visibility is very good. Standard convenience and safety features for all trims include 4-wheel drive, 4-zone climate control, leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats with massage, and retractable running boards. A full set of standard ADAS features includes automated parking and a 360-degree surround-view camera. Infrared night vision and a digital rearview mirror are 2 of many options. Criticisms: Ride comfort is generally good, but rough roads can cause side-to-side bounciness. Fuel economy is exceedingly low: 15 mpg in combined city/highway driving - premium fuel recommended. Further, the steering radius is large, the steering wheel is sensitive to even the slightest driver inputs, and the touch-sensitive controls and buttons on the touch screen are hard to use. Finally, some reviewers found the rear-end styling ungainly.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Plenty of smooth, responsive power
  • • Comfortable ride from adaptive air suspension
  • • All-terrain 4-wheel-drive off-road capability
  • • Fully loaded with safety and convenience features
  • • Lots of space for passengers and cargo

Weak Points

  • • Unsettled ride over uneven pavement
  • • Hard-to-use touch controls for infotainment and other interior settings
  • • Steering wheel is sensitive to inputs
  • • Polarizing rear styling
  • • Large steering radius

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/5
Curb weight (lbs): 6340.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 214.7 / 83.6 / 75.6
Wheelbase (in): 123.0
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Goodyear Eagle Touring
Front and rear tire size: 285/45 R22
Max towing capacity (lbs): 9,850
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 8-speed
Drivetrain type: Four wheel
Engine/motor: 6.4L V8
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 471 @ 6,000

Test Data

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Handling: 4.10
Quality and Drivability: 7.41

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