The all-new Grand Wagoneer comes standard with a healthy appetite for gasoline.
Jeep is bringing back one of the most beloved nameplates in American history. But, unfortunately, it also comes with a set of EPA-estimated fuel consumption figures that also hark back to the 80s.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is only available with Stellantis's famous 6.4-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine, mated to an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. It produces 471 horsepower ad 455 lb-ft of torque, which Jeep says is good for a 0 to 60 mph time of six seconds. Depending on the specification, the Grand Wagoneer weighs between 5,960 pounds to 6,410 lbs.
With a set of figures like that, it was never going to keep the Toyota Prius awake at night. The EPA-estimated fuel consumption for the 2WD model is 13/19/15 mpg city/highway/combined. Adding a 4WD system makes it slightly less efficient on the highway, with the consumption dropping by a single gallon. The city and combined figures are the same for both models.
The Cadillac Escalade is the Jeep's closest rival in terms of price and engine size. It has a 6.2-liter V8 mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. The result is EPA-estimated figures of 15/20/17 mpg in 2WD guise and 14/19/16 mpg with a 4WD system. You can have the Escalade with a diesel engine, however. With the optional 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel under the hood, the Escalade's figures shoot up to 21/27/23 mpg. The latter figure is for the 2WD model.
So, the new Jeep Wagoneer won't be winning any environmental prizes anytime soon. Jeep is also a bit behind in the hybrid department. It only introduced its first hybrid earlier this year, based on the most unlikely model of them all.
The Wrangler 4xe does boast more impressive consumption figures, however. It has an EPA-rated combined fuel consumption figure of 49 MPGe, and an electric range of 25 miles. Jeep also offers plug-in variants of the Compass and Renegade, but these models are not on sale in the USA yet. Rumor has it, a 4xe version of the Gladiator pickup truck is in the works.
For its first fully electric model, Jeep is also using its most iconic platform. The Jeep Magneto concept is also based on the Wrangler. Range figures aren't available yet, but the Magneto will have a six-speed manual transmission.
If you are in the market for a frugal Jeep, the Wrangler 4xe is a much better bet than the all-new Grand Wagoneer.