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Jeep Grand Wagoneer Review

 The 2022 Wagoneer will become a portfolio of vehicles that redefines ‘American premium,’ Jeep says

The Grand Wagoneer in Midnight Blue paint.

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer is sold in four trim levels with all-wheel drive. Starting prices range from $89,995 to $109,995, including the $2,000 freight charge from the Warren (Michigan) Truck Assembly Plant. (Photos courtesy of Stellantis)

Table of Contents

Wagoneer History
The Modern Wagoneer
2023 Hurricane Engine and L models
Putting the Grand in Wagoneer
10 Cool Features
Performance and Ride and Handling
Wagoneer Client Services
10 Customer Promises
Why Buy the Grand Wagoneer?


Jeep ballsied its way into the fray of large, body-on-frame SUVs with its 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. This segment of full-size, seven- to eight-passenger truck-based utes are friendly titans, and throwbacks to what were once just big family wagons.

For years the segment was a three-way competition, dominated by the Chevrolet Suburban (and Tahoe), Ford Expedition, and Nissan Armada. And their luxury variants.

According to Second quarter U.S. sales of big SUVs, including the Suburban-based GMC Yukon, totaled 63,061.

And there is big money in big SUVs. So far in 2022, transaction prices on average have ranged from the mid-$60,000s to around $105,000, including the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade ESV.

Dinosaur or Dynamic?

The full-size SUV market has remained strong despite headwinds in the form of rising prices, scarce supply, and high fuel prices, said Ed Kim, president and chief analyst at AutoPacific, Inc. The automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm has offices in Long Beach, Calif., Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.

“Outside of families who need the space and towing capacity of a full-size body-on-frame SUV, full-size SUVs are increasingly popular among livery customers,” Kim said. “As full-size premium sedans like the Lincoln Town Car and Cadillac XTS have disappeared from their respective brands’ portfolios, livery customers have had to look elsewhere.

Kim said that the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are very well executed full-size SUVs that are extremely competitive and, in some ways, better than the incumbents. “With their classy and very well-finished interiors, they will certainly impress any livery customers fortunate enough to ride in one.

“The Jeep brand has been pushing itself further upscale, so there certainly would be no brand deficit to using a Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer as a livery vehicle,” Kim said in email correspondence. “Livery firms now have another very appealing choice in the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, so there’s no doubt they will find an audience in the livery market.”

The standard and long wheel base models of Wagoneer back to back

2022 Grand Wagoneer (left) and 2023 Grand Wagoneer L (right)

Wagoneer History

The brought-back Wagoneer nameplate continues in the original model’s uplevel presentation. The first-generation Jeep Wagoneer debuted in 1962 for the 1963 model year. Jeep says it the Wagoneer was the first four-wheel-drive vehicle mated to an automatic transmission.

Compared with the more utilitarian Jeep Cherokee, the first-generation Wagoneer was engineered for better ride quality, a more stylish appearance, and a luxurious interior. An independent front suspension was optional. Quadra-Trac, the first automatic full-time four-wheel-drive system, was introduced in 1973.

The Grand Wagoneer debuted in 1984 and marked the beginning of the luxury SUV. Jeep called it “the gold standard of the SUV market.” It was made special by leather upholstery, air conditioning, AM-FM-CB stereo radios, additional sound insulation, and wood-grain exterior trim. Jeep said the Grand Wagoneer’s 175-horsepower 360-cubic-inch V-8 engine had the segment’s highest towing rating.

A 1975 Jeep Wagoneer with simulated wood-panel sides.

A 1975 Jeep Wagoneer.

The Modern Wagoneer

The Jeep division of parent-company Stellantis took its sweet time to re-enter the fray, but it plays by its own rules. Jeep has elevated the format with comprehensive advanced technologies and premium materials.

The posh interior treatment of the Grand Wagoneer reminds of midcentury modern Chrysler. Everything about the interior and styling is over-the-top. The design and engineering have the weighty feel of quality. And its engineering teems with advanced technologies that are not fearsome to learn or use.

Stellantis Design Chief Ralph Gilles says the Grand Wagoneer was done the American way. “The first impression is that everything is so beautifully done,” he said in a video overview.

Jeep says the Wagoneer will become a portfolio of vehicles that redefines “American premium” while delivering a unique customer experience. The customer experience will include 10 promises and Wagoneer Client Services.

A front right 22 inch Goodyear Eagle tire on the Grand Wagoneer

Significant tire patch from the 22-inch Goodyear Eagle grand touring tires (285/45).

Wagoneer Foundation

The Wagoneer foundation is sourced from the Ram 1500 pickup, but any comparisons stop there. There are no shared body panels or other common parts that can be seen and touched. The Wagoneer format is a separator from the competition, which starts with a finished pickup truck engineered for hard work first and luxury second.

The current sales plan features two models, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer that fill mainstream and luxury categories. Both models have a third row and seating for up to eight. For 2022, both models are V8-powered, but that changes for 2023:

2022 Wagoneer uses a 392 horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine. It has the next generation of eTorque 48-volt hybrid with fuel-saving technologies of cylinder deactivation and variable cam timing. Rear-wheel drive is standard rear-wheel drive or there are three options of 4WD systems. The rear-drive Wagoneer has fuel-economy ratings of 16/22/18 mpg city/highway/combined; and 15/20/17 mpg for 4WD. Midgrade fuel is recommended.

2022 Grand Wagoneer features a 471-hp, 6.4-liter V-8 also with cylinder deactivation and variable cam timing. Four-wheel-drive fuel-economy ratings are 13/18/15 mpg using the recommended premium fuel.

Each engine mates to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Agave blue interior of the Grand Wagoneer

The Blue Agave interior with quilted Palermo leather.

2023 Hurricane Engine and L Models

Long-wheelbase models for both series of Wagoneer will be introduced for the 2023 model year. The additional 12 inches in overall length went to more rear-seat legroom and cargo capacity. With both rows of seats folded, there is room to slide in a few sheets of 4-by-8-foot plywood, Jeep says.

A new family of Hurricane inline six-cylinder engines will trim fuel use and maintain horsepower. The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engines have two power levels:

The 420-hp Hurricane in the Wagoneer L has 468 foot-pounds of torque. The heavier Grand Wagoneer gets the high-output Hurricane twin-turbo 510, with 510-hp and 500 lb.-ft. of torque.

Jeep says a run of the Hurricane twin-turbo 510 engine will be available on the 2022 Grand Wagoneer. Ordering is now open for the $2,000 engine option. Rear-drive models have mileage ratings of 15/21/17 mpg on the recommended premium fuel.

Also new for 2023 is the Wagoneer L Carbide with a black theme. Special features include gloss black wheels, black grille, gloss black mirror, and headlamp trim. The interior has a technical hydrographic instrument panel trim and door panels with gloss black seats.

A Wagonner Carbide emphasizing black elements

A 2023 Wagoneer L Carbide. Turn-key for limo service.

2022 Wagoneer Pricing

The 2022 Wagoneer is sold in six trim levels of Series I, Series II, Series III and three series of the Carbide model. Starting prices for the standard rear-drive Wagoneer range from about $61,000 to $76,000. Carbide models range in price from $66,490 to $80,190; add $3,000 for 4WD.

The 2022 Grand Wagoneer is sold in four trim levels, all with four-wheel drive: Series I, Series II, Obsidian, and Series III.

Series I starts at $89,995, Series II at $99,995, Obsidian at $105,490, and Series III at $109,995. All MSRPs include the $2,000 freight charge from the Warren (Michigan) Truck Assembly Plant.

The Grand Wagoneer Series III tester was $116,720. It was nearly fully loaded with factory options and included: Midnight Sky metallic paint $645; Customer preferred package 23W $995; rear-seat entertainment group $2,195; 22-inch machined aluminum wheels with black noise pockets $1,595; and embossed metal interior accents $1,295.

There was a $1,500 bonus cash allowance for both Wagoneer models. See current Grand Wagoneer pricing here.

The passenger side 10.25 inch wide touch screen of controls

The passenger-side 10.25-inch touchscreen.

Safety Features

Standard safety features include eight air bags, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, active lane management, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and intersection collision assist.

A black and white image of the night vision camera

The Night Vision Camera is especially useful where there are no street lights.

Putting the Grand in Wagoneer

The Grand Wagoneer will stand tall — and long — among the luxury-class competitors. The standard wheelbase models of Wagoneer are about 4 inches longer than their closest competitors. Among the competing luxury SUVs are the BMW X7, Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80, Land Rover Range Rover, Lincoln Navigator, and Mercedes-Benz GLS.

The Grand Wagoneer cabin is rich in comfort, with grandstand views. Jeep tried to ensure a quiet cabin with an acoustic laminated windshield, front door glass, laminated rear glass, and active noise canceling through the audio system. It is an engineering marvel for this towering beast to power along the highway in such traffic-calmed style.

From the suede headliner to the full-weave carpeting, The Grand Wagoneer’s list of standard equipment might be the longest I’ve had to itemize for any vehicle I’ve tested. Power door-closers and heated armrests might be the only missing luxe perks.

The entire list is in the specifications at the end of this review, but here are a few of the standout luxury basics:

Quilted Palermo leather-trimmed massaging seats, 20-way power adjustable front seats, suede headliner, natural walnut interior trim, second-row captain’s chairs with power tilt and slide, heated and ventilated front and second-row seats, luxury front and rear floor mats, reversible cargo mat, foldable cargo shade. There also is a new Uconnect 5 Navigation and infotainment system with voice command, a 360-degree surround-view camera system, and a 23-speaker McIntosh entertainment system.

A digital rearview camera mirror is standard, but I can’t use it with my eyeglasses. When I look at the digital mirror, it takes a second or two for my eyes to focus. But the mirror can be switched to the low-tech original.

Power running boards lower to a convenient step-aboard height.

Power running boards lower to a convenient step-aboard height.

10 Cool Grand Wagoneer Features

Some of my favorite Grand Wagoneer features:

Power running boards. These lower to a convenient step-aboard height, particularly with the air suspension’s lowered ride height when parked. Too often, running boards create too much of a step and are awkward to use. The design of the boards forms the rocker panel, so legs do not rub on dirty metal.

Power-adjustable pedals (with memory sets). Adjustable pedals are a safety feature to help dial in a secure seating position for drivers of all sizes. The pedals are assets with the power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

Rear seat monitoring camera. The overhead split-screen view of the second row is mainly to keep an eye on a child’s seat, or two — or a pet.

Power folding and reclining second- and third-row seats. How convenient to have this function for loading kids or cargo. And with power switches in the cargo area to fold the second row or fold and raise the third row.

Tri-pane panoramic sunroof and sunshade. The span of glass is dramatic, particularly for those in the second and third rows.

Roof rack with crossbars. Roof-rack crossbars are typically an added cost, but these are standard and store neatly below the cargo floor. Storing the crossbars when not needed helps trim wind noise.

11 USB ports. Let’s hope the USB port does not soon become obsolete. The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoner have eight USB ports, of the dual C-type and standard style. The count goes to 11 with the rear entertainment system.

Night Vision camera with pedestrian and animal detection. This type of system is an asset in areas without street lights. But it is a little odd visually to see the smallish X-ray-like presentation in the driver-info display.

Back seat passengers can view streaming TV and movies on the optional Rear Seat Entertainment system

The Rear Seat Entertainment system, $1,295, features two 10.1-inch touchscreens for streaming movies, apps, and Fire TV for Auto.

Wagoneer Screen Envy

There are nearly 45 inches of display screens along the front instrument panel. Among the inch count are the 12.3-inch-wide instrument cluster, and a 12-inch horizontal touchscreen to access audio, navigation, apps, and views from the 360-degree camera. Just below is a 10.25-inch horizontal display for cabin controls. Then push a button, and the screen rotates to reveal the media hub with two dual USB ports, aux-in, and the wireless charging pad.

To empower the front passenger, the Grand Wagoneer includes a 10.25-inch-wide passenger screen. The access has four primary functions:

  • Co-Pilot (navigation and device management);
  •  Entertainment (via HDMI or rear seat entertainment control);
  •  The ability to view the exterior vehicle cameras;
  •  Fire TV for Auto.  It is possible to start a movie at home and finish it in the Grand Wagoneer.

And there is a 10.25-inch rear screen in the second row to adjust temp, fan, airflow, and seat heating and ventilating controls.

The Rear Seat Entertainment system, $2,195, features Amazon Fire TV built-in. Second-row passengers can stream TV, movies, and apps on two 10.1-inch touch screens on the seatbacks.

In total, there are 75 inches of display screens.

Performance and Ride and Handling

The big 6.4-liter V-8 hits its power stride with a peak of 455 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. The eight-speed automatic rolls smoothly through gear changes while showing respect to stretching fuel economy. Sport mode steps up off-the-line force but not aggressively.

Fuel economy is challenged. The best I could get was 13.3 mpg on a long highway run. Owners will not enjoy filling the 26.5-gallon tank, but they will enjoy every mile it provides.

A hood-up view of the 6.4-lter V-8 engine.

Grand Wagoneer’s 471-hp, 6.4-liter V-8. (Mark Maynard photo)

Ride and Handling

Road tripping in a Grand Wagoneer Series III is a first-class cruiseliner experience. There is headroom and legroom for 6-foot-6 tall adults in the first and second rows. And the second-row captain’s recline and are heated and ventilated.

The ride quality is supple, and some might consider it too soft in road undulations. But there is very little wind or tire noise at highway speeds. And the tire patch is significant from 22-inch Goodyear Eagle grand touring tires (285/45).

Four-wheel-disc stopping power is absolute and necessary when controlling three-plus tons. The front brakes have 14.88-inch vented rotors, and the solid rear rotors are 14.76 inches.

At 6,420 pounds, the Grand Wagoneer is at least 300 to 800 pounds heavier than its mainstream competition. But its turning circle of 38 feet is up to 3 feet tighter.

The Grand Wagoneer’s max tow capacity is a benchmark at 9,850 pounds. A Class IV receiver hitch and 7- and 4-pin wiring harness are included.

Grand Wagoneer’s Air Ride

The GW’s Quadra-lift air suspension gives the feel of a carpeted ride. Head toss is well controlled over speed bumps or when pulling into driveways. The sophisticated system includes electronic semi-active damping to match changing road conditions and stabilizer bars.

Quadra-Lift adds up to 3.6 inches of lift, supported by four-corner air springs. The air-cushioned ride operates automatically, or it can be manually controlled at the shift console. It has five height settings:

Normal Ride Height (NRH): 8 inches of clearance offers improved fuel economy, as well as improved aerodynamics during on-road driving;

Off-road 1: Lifts the vehicle an additional inch from NRH for added height in clearing obstacles (9 inches);

Off-road 2: Adds 2 more inches of ride height, for 10 inches of ground clearance;

Park Mode: Lowers the vehicle 1.6 inches from NRH. NRH and Park Mode are driver-selectable, allowing the driver full control over vehicle ride height;

Aero Mode: Lowers the vehicle 0.6 inches from normal ride height. Aero Mode is controlled by vehicle speed and adjusts for optimal performance and fuel economy. The vehicle will also lower to Aero Mode when in Sport Mode

The spacious second row captains chairs

There is headroom and legroom for 6-foot-6 passengers in the second row.

Wagoneer 4WD Systems

The Grand Wagoneer gets the top two-speed on-demand four-wheel-drive system. Its Selec-Terrain traction control has five modes: Automatic (functional for on- or off-road driving), Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud.

Rock mode works with the Quadra-Lift for a maximum height of 10 inches.

Selec-Speed Control integrates hill-ascent and hill-descent controls. The Electronic Range Select system, engaged at the steering wheel, allows drivers to control vehicle speed up and down trail grades without using the accelerator or brake pedals.

Wagoneer Client Services

Wagoneer will become a portfolio of vehicles that defines “American premium” and delivers a unique customer experience, the company says.

Customers interested in purchasing a Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer can go to, select a dealer and place a $500 deposit. A Wagoneer concierge will make contact to initiate the order process, provide vehicle updates, and assist with any dealer interactions.

After a customer receives their vehicle, support will continue through a VIP helpline via Wagoneer Client Services. Those services include:

  • Five years of free dealership maintenance, including oil changes and tire rotations;
  • 24/7 concierge support and roadside assistance via phone or online chat;
  • No-charge equivalent service loaner;
  • Trip interruption coverage;
  • VIP access to exclusive events;
  • Interior and exterior vehicle cleaning and a full tank of fuel when serviced;
  • Vehicle pickup/delivery for service;
  • Free Wi-Fi and phone charging at the dealership.
The third row seats

With more than 3 feet of legroom, the third row can recline or fold flat.

10 Customer Promises

1. Only dealers that earn a “Customer First” award for excellence by J.D. Power will be allowed to sell the Wagoneer.

2. The sales process will be efficient. Sales reps will use tablets and full integration to digital communication.

3. Certified Wagoneer Ambassadors. To become certified, a sales or service associate must complete more than 90 hours of training and pass exams to ensure that he or she truly understands the brand, the cars, how they can be used, and how they can be equipped.

4. Every Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will be sold with a full gas tank.

5. The vehicle will be thoroughly cleaned at delivery and after servicing and will be returned with radio, seating, climate, and other settings left as the customer had them.

6. Tech access to remote showrooms and to schedule test drives and delivery services.

7. An appropriate loan vehicle will be provided when a Wagoneer must be left at the dealership.

8. Remote services and diagnostics to schedule services and updates, including over-the-air updates and remote diagnostics.

9. Free Wi-Fi and phone charging in the showroom or service lounge, with “high-quality beverages and snacks.”

10. Wagoneer Client Services will provide 24/7 customer support and five years of maintenance. Concierge support and roadside assistance will always be available.

Both back rows of seats folded to show the open cargo area

All-new 2022 Grand Wagoneer rear interior cargo space (94.2 cu. ft. with second and third rows folded flat).

Why Buy the Grand Wagoneer?

It’s not a Jeep, it’s a Wagoneer — the only Jeep ID on the vehicle is in the headlight lenses. The Grand Wagoneer is grand luxury, not a Rubicon Trail-tested SUV. The elite dealership support and promises should be reassuring to new customers and conquests to the brand.

Despite the considerable sticker prices for these big vehicles, customers generally have incomes that make high fuel prices more of an inconvenience than a reason to reject such vehicles, auto-analyst Kim said. “The segment should remain strong in the coming years as lots of product action in that space will keep consumers interested and engaged.”

A rear view of the Grand Wagoneer

The Wagoneer customer experience includes 10 promises and dedicated client services.

2022 Grand Wagoneer Series III Specifications

Body style: large, 5-door, 7-seat body-on-frame SUV with two-speed electronically controlled 4WD

Engine: 471-hp 6.4-liter V-8 with fuel-saver mode and active grille shutters; 455 lb.-ft. torque at 4,400 rpm

Transmission: 8-speed Torqueflite 8HP75 automatic

4WD system: 2-speed electronically shifted transfer case; variable (50/50 or 100 front/rear) with traction modes of Automatic, Tow, Snow, Mud, Sand, Rock, and Sport

Fuel economy: 13/18/15 mpg city/hwy/combined; premium fuel recommended

Towing capacity: 9,850 pounds, with included Class IV receiver hitch and 7- and 4-pin wiring harness


Fuel tank: 26.5 gallons

Cargo space: 27.4/70.9/116.7 cubic feet, behind 3rd row/2nd row/front seats

Front head/leg room: 41.3/40.9 inches

2nd-row head/leg room: 40/42.7 inches

3rd-row head/leg room: 39/36.6 inches

Length/wheelbase: 214.7/123 inches

Width/height: 94*/76.6 inches *at the mirrors

Curb weight: 6,420 pounds

Turning circle: 38 feet


Standard equipment includes: Keyless entry and push-button ignition, quilted Palermo leather-trimmed massaging seats, power running boards, 20-way power adjustable front seats, 2nd-row captain’s chairs with power tilt and slide, power folding and heated side mirrors, 60/40 power folding and reclining 3rd-row seats,  hands-free power liftgate, heated and ventilated front and 2nd-row seats, 12.3-inch cluster display, suede headliner, natural walnut interior trim, Uconnect 5 Nav with 12-inch touch screen display, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, 23-speaker McIntosh entertainment system, satellite radio with 6-month subscription, media hub with 2 USB ports and aux-in,tri-pane panoramic sunroof,  locking and lighted glove box, 4-zone automatic climate control, luxury front and rear floor mats, reversible floor mat, foldable cargo shade, roof rack with adjustable roof-rail crossbars, rear back-up-camera washer.

Driving features and technologies: head-up display, automatic headlights and high-beam control, map-in-cluster display, off-road info pages, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, ParkSense automated parking system, ParkSense front and rear park- assist with stop, night vision with pedestrian and animal detection, remote-start system, side distance warning, traffic sign recognition, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (trial included), automatic crash-notification service, connected travel and traffic services, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, power-adjustable pedals (with memory sets), wireless charging pad, electric parking brake, digital rearview camera mirror, observation mirror, rear seat monitoring camera, acoustic-laminated windshield and front side glass, active noise-control system, LED exterior lighting with 3-optic fog lamps with cornering, 360-degree surround-view camera system.

Safety features include: 8 air bags, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, active lane management, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, intersection collision assist, rear park assist sensors with stop, all-speed traction control, electronic stability control, brake assist, hill-start assist.


Series III base price: $109,995, including $2,000 freight charge; price as tested $116,720

Options on test vehicle:

  • Midnight Sky paint $645;
  • Heavy-duty trailer-tow package, $995, adds a trailer-brake control, chrome tow hooks, trailer-hitch lineup assist, trailer-hitch zoom, removable rear tow hook, heavy-duty engine cooling;
  • Rear-seat entertainment group, $2,195, includes Amazon Fire TV built-in;
  • 22-inch machined aluminum wheels with black noise pockets $1,595;
  • Embossed-metal interior accents $1,295

Where assembled: Warren (Michigan) Truck Assembly Plant

Warranties: 3-years/36,000-miles bumper to bumper; 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain; roadside assistance 5-years/60,000-miles

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470-hp Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 — Oh hell yes!

Jeep’s Hemi-powered Wrangler Rubicon 392 is a shaggy commando of power and presence

A front view of the The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Launch Edition

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Launch Edition has a starting price of $74,995, including the $1,495 freight charge from Toledo, Ohio. (All photos courtesy of Jeep)

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Why buy the Rubicon 392?


The 470-horsepower Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is a shaggy commando of tire-frying, trail-crawling confidence. It roams the wilds and street as the lone wolf or the bull buffalo keeping watch over the herd. Its rumbling 6.4-liter V-8 engine is the call of the wild.

Jeepers have been shoehorning V-8s into Wranglers for years. But this Hemi honcho will get drivers out of trouble faster than they can get into it. The 392-cubic-inch pushrod V-8 can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, Jeep says, and pass the quarter-mile in 13 seconds. That’s a thundering accomplishment for it 5,103-pound curb weight.

With the eight-speed automatic transmission, the 6.4-liter has fuel-economy ratings of 13 mpg city, 17 highway and 14 mpg combined on the required premium fuel. The 21.6-gallon fuel tank should allow around 300 miles of driving.

The driver area of the 2021 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 392 interior

Interior features include heated leather seats with bronze Rubicon 392 stitching, an Alpine audio system, and a GPS navigation system.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Overview

The Rubicon 392 is plenty potent, but it’s not the torque monster of the Wrangler lineup. Instead, that honor goes to the new 4xe hybrid Wranglers with a combined engine and motor peak torque of 470 foot-pounds at 3,000 rpm.

There are a dizzying 14 trim levels of Jeep Wrangler in two- and four-door body styles with five choices for a powertrain.

Engine choices include a 270-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 285-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 has mild-hybrid e-Torque technology. And the 260-hp 3.0-liter EcoDiesel churns up peak torque of 442 lb.-ft. from 1,400-2,800 rpm.

Cutting new trails are the 4xe hybrid Wranglers (and Grand Cherokee 4xe).

The Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Launch Editions have starting prices of $49,490 and $53,190, including the freight charge. Pricing does not include the available $7,500 federal tax credit or other eligible state and local credits.

The Wrangler 4xe powertrain is a 375-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a combined torque rating of 470 lb.-ft. at 3,000 rpm. That’s a lot of launch power, and it’s still capable of an estimated 50 MPGe, Jeep claims, with an electric driving range of 25 miles.

The hemi v-8 in the Rubicon 392.

The 470-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 can launch the Rubicon 392 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Rubicon 392 Pricing

The production version of the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Launch Edition went on sale this spring. Pricing starts at $74,995, including the $1,495 freight charge from Toledo, Ohio. But finding one can be disheartening. Pricing for those typically starts at around $90,000.

My Firecracker Red tester had a sticker of $78,545 with such extras as the tow package ($350) and trail-rail system ($195). The biggest add-on was the $2,000 Sky One-Touch Power-Top. The clear-coat paint is $245.

The Rubicon 392 is the most capable Wrangler ever, Jeep says. It is off-road ready with the Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case, full-time four-wheel drive, and 10.3 inches of ground clearance. Its heavy-duty wide track Dana 44 axles have Tru-Lock electronic locking differentials and electronic front sway-bar disconnect.

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The underside of the Rubicon 392

Chassis upgrades include a 2-inch lift and FOX high-performance shocks.


  • The functional hood scoop connects to a tri-level Hydro-Guide air intake. The system feeds the V-8 with cooler outside air, and a one-way drain in the air-box separates up to 15 gallons of water a minute. The Rubicon 392 can ford water up to 32.5 inches deep — even if a bow wake washes over the hood.
  • Active dual-mode exhaust engages automatically to open valves in the exhaust system. Under higher engine loads, the open exhaust reduces back pressure. The driver can also activate the system manually.
  • Chassis changes include heavy-duty brakes, a 2-inch factory lift, upgraded frame rails, and specially calibrated suspension geometry with FOX high-performance shocks.
  • Low-speed descents use engine braking, a revised torque converter lockup control, and a 48:1 crawl ratio. The system allows the driver to manage vehicle speed without using the brake pedal.
  • Four-wheel-disc braking has 12.9-inch vented front rotors with two twin-piston floating calipers. Rear brakes have 14-inch vented rotors with two single-piston floating calipers.
The off-road tires on the Jeep Rubicon 392

Standard 33-inch tires on 17-inch beadlock-capable wheelsRubicon 392


Inside the Rubicon 392, the interior includes leather-trimmed upholstery with bronze Rubicon 392 stitching. The leather-wrapped, performance steering wheel includes paddle shifters, a first for the Jeep Wrangler.

The Uconnect system projects on a standard 8.4-inch screen. The system includes Jeep Off-road Pages that allow owners to monitor such elements as pitch, roll, altitude, GPS coordinates, and drivetrain power distribution.

Other features include:

  • Body-color hardtop and fender flares;
  • HD electrical switch bank;
  • Steel bumper package;
  • Cold weather package;
  • LED lighting package;
  • Remote proximity entry
  • Safety Group and Advanced Safety Group
The hood of the Rubicon 392

The 392-cubic-inch pushrod V-8 has peak torque of 470 lb.-ft. at 4,300 rpm.

Rubicon 392 Options

Dual Door Group $4,395

Dual Top Group $1,300

Integrated Off-road Camera $595

Tire upgrades $195: 285/70R17C BF Goodrich KO2 All-Terrain Outline White Letter or 285/70R17C Falken Wildpeak M/T tires

Why buy the Rubicon 392?

A big Hemi V-8 might not be necessary in an off-roading Wrangler. But the more relevant question from Jeep and Mopar disciples might be why not? The V-6 can feel underpowered on the daily commute. The EcoDiesel engine can level mountains off-road, but it can be snoozy for quick power around town.

The Hemi bloodline runs deep among the Stellantis brand’s loyal owners. And placing this engine in a Wrangler teases the question of when will the Gladiator pickup get one.

For every hybrid Jeep 4xe sold, there will be one more gallon of gas for the Rubicon 392.

Pricing is the great separator. How many $90K Jeeps can be sold? Be prepared if you take a test drive. The Rubicon 392 is a charmer, and the devil on your right shoulder will want you to bring it home. The handwringing angel on your left will remind of your social responsibility and how much more rational it would be to own a Wrangler 4xe.

If you listen to that angel, you will spend the rest of your driving days remembering what you could have been.

Just wait, Jeep will make more and you won’t have to pay a hefty price premium.

A rear-end view of the Rubicon 392

The Rubicon 392 is the most capable Wrangler ever, Jeep says.2

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Specifications

Body style: 5-seat, 4-door sport-utility vehicle with full-time 4WD, ladder frame and steel and aluminum body

Engine: 470-hp, 392-cubic-inch, 16-valve 6.4-liter pushrod V-8; 470 lb.-ft. torque at 4,300 rpm

Transmission: 8-speed automatic; full-time 4WD with 4WD Auto, 4WD High, Neutral and 4WD Low

Axles: Dana 44 front and rear with 3.73 ratios with Tru-Lock electronic locking

Fuel economy: 13/17/14 mpg city/hwy/combined; premium fuel required

Max tow capacity: 3,500 lbs.


Suspension: Solid axle, coil springs, stabilizer bar front and rear; electronic sway-bar disconnect system; high-pressure gas-charged FOX monotube shock absorbers with hydraulic rebound stop front; rear high-pressure gas-charged FOX aluminum monotube shock

Brakes: 4-wheel ventilated discs; 12.9-inch rotors front with twin-piston floating calipers; 13.6-inch rotors rear with single-piston floating calipers

Water fording: 32.5 inches

Fuel tank: 21.5 gallons

Length/wheelbase: 188.4*/118.4 in. *including spare tire

Curb weight: 5,103 lbs.

Turning circle: 39.4 ft.

Tires and wheels: 17-inch BF Goodrich KO2 All-Terrain tires (LT285/70R17C, on/off-road); bead-lock capable, high-gloss painted cast-aluminum wheels


Base price: $74,994, including $1,495 freight charge; price as tested $78,545
Options on test vehicle: Firecracker Red clear coat paint $245; Preferred package 27X, $350, includes trailer-tow package and class II hitch with 7- and 4-pin wiring harness; Cargo group with trail-rail system, $195, includes cargo area floor mat; Mopar all-weather floor mats $165; Sky one-touch power top $2,000; integrated off-road camera $595

Where assembled: Toledo, Ohio

Warranty: 3-years/36,000-miles basic bumper to bumper; 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain

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Mopar-upfitted 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Review

Punk’n Metallic Jeep Gladiator Rubicon test vehicle is a showcase of $12,400 in Jeep-Mopar accessories. Final price? $58,955

A Jeep Gladiator pickup in Punk'n Orange paint.
Starting at $45,370, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is the pinnacle of Trail Rated features for adventuring. (Photography by Mark Maynard)


Starting at $45,370, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is the pinnacle of Trail Rated features for adventuring. But the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of a new vehicle is as vague as a stoplight in Boston — a suggestion, at best.

To spark some red mist for the buyer — while ratcheting up the cost — manufacturers have aggressively pursued their catalogs of personalization and performance accessories. If you can imagine it, it’s probably offered or will be.

A 2-inch lift kit, $1,495, to add bigger tires and wheels.
A 2-inch lift kit, $1,495, to add bigger tires and wheels.

Jeep and Mopar have been masterful at providing factory-sanctioned upgrades that can be ordered with their new Jeep. And the upgrades are covered by the same new vehicle warranty protections.

Most new luxury cars or SUVs are bought with $10,000 in options or packages. And sometimes a package alone is $10,000, or more.

Fox 2.0 performance shocks are standard equipment on the Rubicon.
Fox 2.0 performance shocks are standard equipment on the Rubicon.

From unique paint colors to better leather, bigger wheels, lower-profile tires, crests, badges, colored seat belts, more gratuitous performance, LED lighting, and techno-marvelous infotainment systems to extended warranties, what the customer wants, the customer gets … for a price.

Jeep has long been a champion of choice with several versions of four-wheel-drive systems, soft and hard tops, street tires or adventure treads, audio and style perks.

And then there’s the Mopar catalog with more than 200 accessories. Mopar (MOtor PARts) is the parts, service, and primary accessory seller for Stellantis brands under the Mopar brand. 

Katzkin leather seats, $1,750
Katzkin leather seats, $1,750. 

Jeep Performance Parts

Jeeps are basically a canvas and Jeep Performance Parts are the buyer’s paints for personalization. So far, there are 200 Mopar products available for the Gladiator.

I’ve just tested a Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, the top-line off-roader, that had $12,400 in Jeep/Mopar performance parts.

Jeep Gladiator Rearview camera and front-facing trail cam
Rearview camera and front-facing trail cam, $595.

At $45,370 the Gladiator Rubicon is the pinnacle of Trail Rated features, including the 4:1 Rock-Trac heavy-duty four-wheel-drive system (with an Off-Road Plus mode), locking front and rear axles, disconnecting front stabilizer bar, steel rock rails, and an appetite for adventuring.

For those serious about getting there and back in demanding off-road adventures, this is the rig to consider. But access doesn’t come cheaply.

Decked truck-bed storage system, $1,295.
Tri-fold hard tonneau cover, $950, and spray-on bedliner, $495.

With the Jeep Performance upgrades, by Chrysler FCA’s Mopar performance division, the tester had a sticker of $58,955, including the striking Punk’n Metallic paint ($245).

But there is a reprieve when buying new. The performance parts have the same basic, limited warranty as the vehicle — 3-years or 36,000-miles — and they can be rolled into the financing (with the cost of labor for parts installation).

Jeep-logo hood latches
Jeep-logo hood latches, $60.

The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon tester is a formidable pickup that includes city features. Commuters will value the adaptive cruise control with idle stop-and-go function in traffic and full-speed collision warning.

And this wide rig with a 44.8-foot turning circle benefited from the Jeep Active Safety Group, $895. The package adds blind-spot and cross-path detection and ParkSense rear park-assist system, which alerts to the nearness of an object.

Set of two 7-inch LED off-road lights, 8,000 lumens each
Set of two 7-inch LED off-road lights, 8,000 lumens each, $725.
Set of two 5-inch LED off-road lights, 4,800 lumens each
Set of two 5-inch LED off-road lights, 4,800 lumens each, $475.

The 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment touch screen is an upright and visible display for the rearview camera, with guidance lines. But it’s even better for the front-facing trail cam, $595.

JPP accessories

The tester also included $12,400 JPP accessories for:

  • A 2-inch lift kit lift, $1,495. Created by Jeep engineers and Fox shocks so owners can add bigger tires and wheels.
  • Military-grade 7-inch off-road LED lights, $725 two-light set. The lights have an 8,000-lumens output, each. Mounting brackets, $65
Cat-back exhaust upgrade with dual tips,
Cat-back exhaust upgrade with dual tips, $1,250.
  • Military-grade 5-inch LED, $475 two-light set. Add 4,800 lumens each. A-pillar mounting brackets, $145
  • 2-inch grille/winch guard, $249
  • Cold air intake, $445. Fresh air is drawn in through the hood cut-out to increase engine performance
  • Cat-back exhaust, $1,250. Adds a loud tone and dual chrome tips
  • Jeep logo valve stem caps, $60 for four
Off road slotted wheels and tires
Off-road slotted wheels, 17-by-8.5 inches; $1,140 for four. Add five 35-inch BFG tires for around $1,250. 
Special Jeep logo valve-stem caps
Logo valve stems $19. 
  • Jeep logo hood latches, $60 a pair
  • Door sill guards, 4-piece set $75. Composite and stainless-steel door sill guards feature the Gladiator logo.
  • Beadlock-capable five-spoke wheels, $1,140 for four. Aluminum 17-inch wheels have five-spoke “gear” or five-spoke “slot” designs.

Metal-trimmed pedals and heavy duty floor matsPedal kit, $105. All-weather (slush) floor mats, $165.

Trail protection

  • Tires. Mopar/FCA dealers have a “TireWorks program” that gives access to different tire brands. The dealer can source whatever brand, model, and size (up to 35 inches) the customer prefers depending on their intended use — whether on-road, off-road or a combination.
  • Black satin grille, $325
  • Heavy-duty rock rails, $950. To help slide across objects with high-centering potential. The heavy-gauge steel rock rails are thicker and wider than stock in a non-slip powder-coat finish.
  • Tri-fold tonneau system, $950.
  • Bed storage system, $1,295. A heavy-duty pair of lockable, sliding drawers (200-pound capacity) to secure gear, supplies and tools.
Seatback storage bags in the Gladiator Rubicon
Seatback Molle design storage bags, $145 set of three.
  • Katzkin leather seats, $1,750. Embroidered with Jeep grille logo in Tungsten stitching.
  • Mopar grab handles, $39 each for first and second rows. hard-secured for increased grip.
  • Molle design storage bags, $145 set of three.
  • Jeep logo all-weather (slush) floor mats, $165. Raised edges for added water and dirt retention.
  • Metal ATX pedal covers, $105.
  • Spray-on bedliner, $495.
A Jeep Gladiator satin-black grille
Satin-black grille, $325.

Check the site for Jeep Performance Parts.

And read my first review of the Gladiator, “the mudder of midsize pickups” (July 14, 2019) here.

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2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon review

The redesigned Jeep Wrangler JL is tougher and softer in all the right ways making it the best performing Wrangler since the 1986-1995 YJ

The redesigned Jeep Wrangler windshield still folds and the doors can still be removed. (Photos courtesy of Jeep)



T the Jeep Wrangler has long been forgiven for everything that made it a charming pain in the rough. But now, the redesigned 2018 Wrangler is a charmer, off-road or on main street. And the top-line Wrangler Rubicon is a standard-bearer of advanced technologies with its first use of a 48-volt mild-hybrid electrical system.

The 2018 redesign steered this symbol of “Don’t tread on me” from the endangered specie’s list, threatened by ever-increasing clean-air standards for engines and new safety regulations.

It is tougher and softer, in all the right ways making it the best performing Wrangler since the 1986-1995 YJ model with square headlights. The windshield still folds (with greater simplicity), the doors can still be removed and there’s still a manual hand-brake lever on the shifter console. But as with all new cars, it is the electronics technologies that are almost the bigger story of the redesign.

There are new engines, including a turbocharged four-cylinder with mild hybrid technology and an upcoming four-cylinder diesel in 2020. And the carryover V-6 is still the base engine.

A side view of the Wrangler on a trail ride.

The redesigned Wrangler still waves the flag of ‘Don’t tread on me.’

The JL Wrangler

Experienced Jeepers will know this new Wrangler, codenamed JL, from the first slam of the door. That’s when they will realize the doors don’t need to be slammed. And more soundproofing allows occupants to have a conversation without shouting — and that’s with the top up. There is still a mild maelstrom at highway speeds in the soft-top cabin, but it’s about a hundred decibels more tolerable.

The cockpit and driver area were completely reconfigured for a somewhat ergonomic arrangement. There are several stash areas and device-charging ports.

An over-shoulder view of the back seats.

Even the two-door’s ride quality has been tamed.

Even the two-door’s ride quality is not a fearsome bucking bronco. The wider track lets the short-wheelbase model seem more free-wheeling and stable. And there is a much tighter turning circle now. Tighter turning is an asset off-road, but it is just one more engineering feat that makes the Wrangler ideal for the city, too.

The new boxed frame is much stiffer, which helps for stability when teetering among boulders or slogging through a highway commute. For anyone who knew a previous-generation Wrangler, refinement is not a word associated with any part of it.

Drafty, noisy, and rough riding were accepted parts of the lifestyle, but now we see that those qualities are not intrinsic to the concept.

The driver area of the new WranglerRubicon equipment includes remote locking, push-button ignition, rearview camera, and an 8-speaker Pioneer audio system.

Jeep Wrangler Pricing

There are three garden-variety levels of Wrangler in two- and four-door Unlimited models plus the trail-agility-champion Rubicon, and all have various levels of four-wheel drive.

Starting prices range from $29,440 for the entry two-door Sport to $39,790 for the four-door Sahara Unlimited. The top-line Rubicon starts at $39,440 and $42,940 two-door or four-door. Pricing includes the freight charge from Toledo, Ohio.

Find current Jeep pricing here.

Big disc brakes on the Wrangler test vehicle.

Braking is considerable from the large four-wheel discs.

Heavy-duty hardware

The two-door Rubicon tester was $49,555. That’s big money for a two-door Wrangler, but this one was the pinnacle of the line. It included  Jeep’s most capable four-wheel-drive system with stability and rollover-mitigation controls.

The Jeep Wangler tester also was equipped with heavy-duty, third-gen Dana 44 solid axles front and rear with Tru-Lock electronic locking. The high- and low-range Rock-Trac transfer case has a manual shift lever at the console and a 4.10 gear ratio. Hill-start assist is beneficial for controlled trail ascents or descents.

Braking is considerable from four-wheel vented discs. The front rotors are 12.9 inches with twin-piston calipers. The 13.4-inch rear discs have a single-piston caliper.

The Wrangler tester had heavy-duty Dana 44 solid axles

There are heavy-duty Dana 44 solid axles front and rear with Tru-Lock electronic locking.

Front and rear sway bars disconnect for more wheel travel. Gas-charged, multi-valve monotube shock absorbers help manage its husky 4,175-pound curb weight.

But being a Jeep means there is much heavy steel in the frame, differentials, and suspension. There are four steel skid plates to shield vulnerable elements such as the fuel tank, four-wheel-drive transfer case, and transmission). And tubular steel rock rails at the frame edge are a trail-riding essential. 

Compensating for some of the Jeep Wrangler’s curb weight are high-strength aluminum doors, hinges, hood, fenders, windshield frame, and a magnesium swing gate.

Jeep Wrangler Powertrains

Fuel economy has never been a selling point for the upright Wrangler shape. The 285-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (with auto stop-start at idle) still can be ordered with a six-speed manual transmission. It has mileage ratings of 17 mpg city, 23 highway 19 mpg combined on 87 octane. Two-door models have an 18.5-gallon tank and four-door models have 21.5 gallons.

Upgrading to the 270-hp, turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the eight-speed automatic is a $3,000 upgrade. But it brings fuel economy ratings of 23/15/24 mpg; premium fuel is recommended but not required. And while the fuel economy isn’t a huge incentive, the power and acceleration can be brisk.

A rear three-quarters view of the 2019 Wrangler

The two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon tester was $49,555 with many ‘on road’ conveniences.

eTorque technology

The new engine has Jeep’s so-called eTorque technology. The system applies hybrid functions of auto stop-start at idle, electric power assist, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging, and regenerative braking. The engine and fuel flow can be turned off during stops, coasting, or when the engine is decelerating.

The electric motor gives a boost to the engine to get the rig moving and to smooth out shifts, Jeep says.

But inching forward for a foothold on a boulder might still require accelerator finesse to raise revs while awaiting the turbo to hit the peak 295 lb.-ft. torque at 3,000 rpm.

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine (also with auto stop-start at idle) will be available in 2020 as an upgrade for four-door models. The engine has 260-hp but 442 foot-pounds of peak torque at a low 2,000 rpm and an eight-speed automatic.

Why buy the Jeep Wrangler?

The Wrangler is a cornerstone of Jeep heritage. The redesigned model is what happens when engineers and designers listen to owners and everybody works together.


2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Body style: 2-door, 4-seat small SUV

Engine: 270-hp, turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder; 295 lb.-ft. torque at 3,000 rpm

Transmission: 8-spd automatic w/Rock-Trac 4WD

Fuel economy:  23/25/24 mpg city/hwy/combined; premium recommended, not required


Ground clearance: 10.8 in.

Fuel tank: 18.5 gal.

Cargo space: 31.7-72.4 cu. ft.

Front head/leg room: 42.6/41.2 in. 42.6 in w/hardtop

Rear head/leg room: 40.2/35.7 in.

Length/wheelbase: 166.8/96.8 in.

Curb weight: 4,175 lbs.

Turning circle: 34.5 ft.

Tow capacity: 2,000 lbs.


Standard equipment includes: remote locking, push-button ignition, rearview camera, 8-speaker Pioneer audio system, 17-inch alloy wheels with 33-inch off-road all-terrain tires, locking front and rear Dana 44 axles, electronic front sway bar disconnect, steel rock rails, and skid plates,

Safety features include: 4 air bags, roll mitigation, trailer-sway damping, heavy-duty 4-wheel disc brakes, traction and stability controls


Base price: $39,440, including $1,495 freight charge; price as tested $49,555

Options on test vehicle: black soft top $595; leather-trimmed bucket seats and premium door-panel trim $1,495; Cold weather group, $895, includes heated front seats, steering wheel; trailer tow group, $795, includes auxiliary switches and class II receiver hitch with 7- and 4-pin wiring harness; LED lighting, $895, includes reflector headlights, taillights and running lights; Uconnect 4C nav system, $1,495, includes GPS navigation, Alpine audio system and satellite radio; Active safety group, $795 adds ParkSensor rear park assist, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts; 8-speed auto transmission $2,000; 2.0-liter engine $1,000; Premium black soft top $595

Where assembled: Toledo, Ohio

a 1945 CJ-2A and the new 2018 Wrangler

A 1945 CJ-2A and its modern re-creation.

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