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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 Wagoneer Series II 4x4

Vehicle Type: SUV Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 24

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $71,845
Price as Tested: $82,820

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 26.5
EPA City mpg15
EPA Highway mpg20
EPA Combined mpg17

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [O]
  • 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

It may sport a name last seen on a Jeep in 1990, but the revivedfor- 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is a sharp-looking, modern full-size SUV with a focus on luxury. Our test vehicle featured a V8 engine and an 8-speed automatic, complemented by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. (A turbocharged 6 is a $2,000 option.) Additional fuel-saving technology includes cylinder deactivation and auto start-stop, but EPA fuel-economy estimates are still underwhelming. Properly equipped, the Wagoneer can tow 10,000 pounds. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but 3 different 4-wheel-drive systems also are available, plus an optional air suspension that can add nearly 4 inches of ground clearance for tackling offroad obstacles. On pavement, the powertrain provides strong acceleration. Ride quality is generally comfortable, but the Wagoneer’s large size results in less-than-sharp handling and longer braking distances. Inside, the stylish passenger cabin offers roomy accommodations in all 3 rows, with good headroom and legroom all around. The design and materials are top-notch, despite an overabundance of piano-black plastic trim. Creature comforts abound, such as a fully digital instrument cluster and intuitive infotainment system, tri-zone climate control, multiple video screens, and power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats. A full suite of advanced safety features is standard.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Sharp exterior and interior styling
  • • Roomy interior with high-end fit and finish
  • • Excellent power, comfortable ride

Weak Points

  • • Poor fuel-economy ratings
  • • Long stopping distances
  • • Steep price tag gets steeper with options

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/6
Curb weight (lbs): 6320.0
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: Firestone Destination A/T 2
Front and rear tire size: 285/45 R22
Max towing capacity (lbs): 10,000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 8-speed
Drivetrain type: Four wheel
Engine/motor: 5.7L V8 with eTorque
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 392 @ 5,600
Electric motor horsepower: 16

Test Data

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Handling: 3.74
Quality and Drivability: 7.38

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