Alive Again in the 2022 Wagoneer Series II

Alive Again in the 2022 Wagoneer Series II
13 Feb 2023

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When I was a little kid, I had a friend named John who lived across the street. His family of 5 was very outdoorsy and loved to go camping. I remember seeing them come back from camping trips and taking all of their bags and gear out of the back of their vehicle. They were able to fit so much in the back without taking away from passenger space, and even strapped some of their weatherproof items on the roof. It was incredible how much stuff they were able to take with them. That vehicle was a first-generation Wagoneer.

The second generation was a smaller version of the first gen, which was becoming popular in the 80s. The third-gen followed suit on sizing. While the second and third gens were nice, they were just not the same as that Wagoneer I would see fully loaded in the driveway across the street.

Recently, I had the opportunity to take a fourth-generation 2022 Wagoneer Series II for a week-long test drive. This was very reminiscent in size to the original Wagoneer, but much more advanced in many ways.

2022 Wagoneer Series II

Let’s take a closer look at the 2022 Wagoneer Series II.

Exterior

The 2022 Wagoneer Series II has been designed to make a bold statement. The Series II features striking horizontal and vertical front lines, giving it a bold look reminiscent of its classic ancestor. It features an imposing black grille surrounded by etched chrome trim with prominently displayed headlights that add to its regal impression. Painted bumpers and body side moldings bring out relaxing hues while a distinctive front fascia offers added visibility and elegance. All models boast 20-inch wheels with impressive wheel and tire combinations that complete the awe-inspiring exterior package. Together they all create one cohesive piece of automotive art that cannot be denied.

Rating: 8.5

2022 jeep wagoneer series 2 inside seating all rows

Interior

The interior of this vehicle is nothing short of luxurious – imagine yourself behind the wheel with sumptuously soft leather wrapped around your hands and glossy premium plastics that feel like a treat for all senses. It’s more sophisticated than you would find in some high-end cars.

The cockpit is extremely comfortable – something that Stellantis has always been good with. All necessary controls are within reach of the driver.

This is a large SUV with larger wheels wrapped in aggressive rubber, so there is some minimal road noise. But once you find your favourite tune on the sound system, you’ll be listening to the music, to the noise.

Rating: 9.5

2022 jeep wagoneer series 2 front fascia drivers

Power

The Wagoneer Series II is an incredibly powerful vehicle. With its off-road capability and impressive size, this large SUV has the power to tackle just about any landscape — especially for explorers and adventurers. As such, it contains an engine designed for durability and output. The 8-speed transmission allows for a smooth ride regardless of the terrain. Our Wagoneer Series II test vehicle came equipped with a 5.7 Litre HEMI V8 engine which is perfect for those who want no compromise in power and stamina.

The only thing I was hoping for was a larger towing capacity, considering this is the same powertrain that is in the Dodge Ram 1500.

Rating: 8.0

2022 jeep wagoneer series 2 front end side

Drive

The 2022 Wagoneer Series II is an incredible driving experience, with advanced control and cutting-edge powertrain technology. Its suspension system ensures both a pleasant ride and great cornering performance, so you can easily take on sharp turns without feeling shaking or instability from your vehicle.

Its sleek body shape allows for smooth nimble turns that make this a comfortable ride even at higher speeds. No matter what kind of driving you do, the Series II delivers confidence behind the wheel every time you hit the road. You’ll be feeling comfortable and in control no matter where your journey takes you.

All this technology combines to create an experience that’s both exhilarating and comfortable at every turn.

Rating: 8.5

2022 jeep wagoneer series 2 inside seating 1st and 2nd rows

Fuel Economy

If you’re ready to hit the road, the Wagoneer could be a great option – but it’s worth noting that this bad boy packs quite an appetite. Although it isn’t quite as fuel-efficient when compared with its competitors, this full-size SUV will still get you from coast to coast without too much hassle. While none of its competitors can claim to be eco warriors, the actual mileage figures suggest that when compared side by side with other vehicles in its class, there may just be someone hogging all the snacks.

Rating: 6.5

2022 jeep wagoneer series 2 interior drivers side

Safety

The 2022 Wagoneer Series II has a wide variety of impressive safety features that are sure to bring peace of mind to the driver and passengers. It comes with classic safety tech, like active front head restraints, but takes things a step further by introducing cutting-edge Driver Assistance Technologies designed to anticipate possible hazards on the road. This includes Blind–Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross–Path Detection to help reduce the potentially dangerous risks associated with fast-moving traffic; as well as Full–Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, Active Lane Management System, ParkView Rear Back–Up Camera, Advanced Brake Assist, and much more.

Finally, the Wagoneer includes a blind spot monitor with rear cross path detection alerting you to utilize caution when backing up or making a lane change so that everyone can arrive safely at their destination.

• Selec–Terrain Traction Management System
• Adaptive Cruise Control w/ Stop & Go
• Pedestrian/Cyclist emergency braking
• Park–Sense Front and Rear Park Assist with stop
• Rain-sensing windshield wipers
• Remote start system
• Rear seat reminder alert
• Advanced multistage front airbags
• Supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags
• Supplemental side–curtain airbags
• Security alarm
• Automatic high–beam headlamp control
• Traffic sign recognition
• Side distance warning
• Surround View Camera System
• Drowsy driver detection
• Intersection collision assist system

With such advanced safeguards in place, buyers of this vehicle can feel secure on any journey they take.

Rating: 8.5

2022 jeep wagoneer series 2 front seats

Comfort

The 2022 Wagoneer Series II has been touted by many to be one of the most comfortable SUVs on the market. This beast provides its occupants with an unmatched level of comfort. From the upscale interior, which features generous amounts of headroom and a spacious cabin, to the available four-zone climate control and various technological features, this vehicle offers a level of comfort not found in many other cars in its class.

Getting in and out of the Wagoneer is quite easy for a guy my size. Once in the cockpit, there is lots of room, and the space is very comfortable. Additionally, the four-wheel drive powertrain paired with adjustable air suspension ensures an extremely smooth ride on even the roughest terrain.

Rating: 9.5

Tech

The 2022 Wagoneer Series II boasts some of the most exciting and advanced tech features in the automotive market. From an intuitive voice-activated infotainment system to Bluetooth compatibility for all your tech gadgets, staying connected on the go has never been easier. The cabin is designed with an array of connectivity options that ensure everything from auto lock/unlock capability to full smartphone integration. Apple Carplay and Android Auto provide convenient access to your favourite apps and music. Plus, wireless device pairing makes connecting up even more straightforward.

The incredible sound system in the Wagoneer will have you wanting to host a road trip party. The sound is not only loud, but is super clear. The standard premium Alpine® Audio System pumps out an amazing 506 watts through nine speakers.

• Quadra-Lift air suspension delivers a smooth ride and up to 25 centimetres
• 10.25–inch colour display
• Uconnect 5 NAV w/ 10.1–inch display
• Wireless charging pad
• Apple CarPlay capable
• Google Android Auto
• SiriusXM w/ 360L on-demand content
• Head-Up Display
• Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist

With features like these, there’s no denying that this new model is as much about modern convenience as it is about luxury and comfort.

Rating: 9.5

2022 jeep wagoneer series 2 open hatch close up

Storage

The 2022 Wagoneer Series II has taken storage space to a new level. It features a wide range of interior trims and designs along with a separate cargo area adapted for all needs, whether carrying tools and supplies or easily traveling with extra baggage when taking vacations. With three rows of seats, passengers no longer have to compromise on space. Thanks to its many compartments, even long items can be safely stored in the Wagoneer Series II’s ample storage space with ease. With its innovative storage technology, the Wagoneer Series II is sure to meet whatever your challenge may be. Overall, it’s perfect for those seeking enhanced cargo organization for trips and expeditions.

Rating: 9.5

2022 jeep wagoneer series 2 exterior from rear

Value

The 2022 Wagoneer Series II has a starting price of $84,290.00 CAD ($93,075 CAD as tested), which is pretty decent considering all that you are getting with this vehicle.

Rating: 7.5

2022 jeep wagoneer series 2 interior drivers side rear seat

Overall Rating

From power to elegance the 2022 Wagoneer Series II is an uncompromising dream machine that caters to both Power seekers and wanderers alike.

Overall Score: 85.5

2022 jeep wagoneer series 2 interior passenger rear seat

Specifications

The following are key specifications. For trim-specific specs, please visit the Wagoneer website.

Chassis

Vehicle Type: Full-Size 8-passenger SUV
Front Suspension: Short And Long Arm w/Coil Springs
Rear Suspension: Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Brakes: 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS

Powertrain

Engine: V8 HEMI engine with eTorque
Displacement: 5.7 liters
Horsepower (hp/rpm): 392 hp @ 5600 rpm
Max. Torque (lb-ft/rpm): 404 lb-ft @ 3950 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed 8hp75 Automatic
Driving System: 4×4
Steering Type: Rack-Pinion
Recommended Fuel: Regular Unleaded Gasoline
Maximum Towing Capacity (lbs): 7170

Dimensions

Wheelbase: 123.0 in
Length: 214.7 in
Width: 83.6 in
Height: 75.6 in
Passenger Volume: 179 ft3
Cargo Volume: 27 ft3
Curb Weight: 6244 lb

Fuel Economy

Combined: 13.8 L/100km
City: 15.6 L/100km
Highway: 11.7 L/100km

Alive Again by DJ Champion

With this song, it’s not so much about the lyrics. It’s the music. The sound system in the 2022 Wagoneer Series II is incredible, with beautiful highs and incredible lows, and the bass packs a punch… just like this song.

No harm to me
In all your hands
No lines to cross
No lines to gain
You set me free
And we let it be
No harm to me
You’re in, you’ll see

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Motors & Music featuring the 2022 Wagoneer Series II and Alive Again by DJ Champion.

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Craig Silva

Craig is a passionate and seasoned travel, food, and lifestyle writer, whose words paint vivid pictures of the world's most captivating destinations. His work not only inspires others to embark on their own adventures but also fosters a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our world. He captures the essence of each locale, offering readers a glimpse into the cultures, landscapes, cuisine, and experiences that make travel so enriching. Craig is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.

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