Jeep wagoneer has been on a roll with the handsome new large luxury SUVs. Between the brand new Grand Wagoneer, Wagoneer, and the slightly less new but still awfully recent Grand Cherokee L, it can be hard to keep all these Jeeps straight. So we’ve assembled our finest team of Spot the Difference champions to help us find what makes each SUV unique.
The Looks That Count
The biggest difference between the Wagoneers and the Grand Cherokee L is the body. Conversely, the biggest similarity between the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer is the shared body. So the first thing to look out for is the size.
The Wagoneers are 4-inches taller, 6.3-inches wider, and 9.8-inches longer than a Grand Cherokee L. That puts the newer SUVs in the realm of something like the Chevrolet Tahoe or the Cadillac Escalade size-wise (but look out for these competitors to return later).
Along with being bigger, the Wagoneers are boxier than the Grand Cherokee L. The hatch at the rear is taller and straighter on the larger vehicles. The GCL, meanwhile, has a larger D-pillar and a (slightly) more sloping roofline.
Beyond the size, there’s also Jeep’s new proud grille and headlights. It’s one of the design cues that unites all three of these vehicles and it’s certainly the biggest difference (design-wise) between the previous Grand Cherokee and the new Grand Cherokee L. Back to the newest Jeep,s although it’s clear that the grilles were all drawn by the same hand, there are still some subtle differences.
For one, there’s the script. The Grand Cherokee L has “Jeep” over the grille, while the Wagoneer puts its name there instead. On the Grand Wagoneer, the word “Wagoneer” is lowered onto the actual grille section and the hood is unsullied.
The grille simply looks bigger on the Grand Cherokee L and the lower grille section is much less complicated and ornate. The Wagoneers, meanwhile, make use of their frontage to add design elements. In the case of the Grand Wagoneer, there’s more glitz in the form of a thick chrome mustache, whereas the standard Wagoneer keeps things subtle and thin.
While the Grand Cherokee comes standard with 18-inch wheels, the Wagoneers’ wheels start at 18-inches and go all the way up to 22-inches across.
Although the Wagoneers are based on the same body, the relationship between these SUVs is akin to the relationship between the Chevy Tahoe (Wagoneer) and the Cadillac Escalade (Grand Wagoneer). So, as a rule, if you see a lot of chrome you’re looking at a Grand. Helpfully, Jeep has also taken the time to write the vehicles’ names all over the cars.
What’s Inside That Matters
Although the Grand Cherokee took a step up in terms of interior design with the L, thanks to its 8.4-inch screen (or up to 10.1) and elegant new materials, it can’t really keep up with the Wagoneers.
First and foremost, there’s the size difference. With seating for up to eight people (one more than the GCL) and 116.7 cubic-feet of cargo volume behind the front seats (the GCL gets just 84.6 cu-ft), the Wagoneers really want to live up to their names.
Then there’s the luxury difference, too. Nappa leather comes standard no matter which Wagoneer you go for and you can live large in the Grand with Palermo quilted leather. Infotainment screens start at 10.1-inches in the Wagoneer and go up to 12-inches in the Grand Wagoneer. That’s not where the story stops, though.
The Grand Wagoneer is littered with infotainment devices. Under the 12-inch standard screen, there’s another 10.3-inch screen with climate controls. Behind the steering wheel, there’s a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster (2-inches bigger than the standard Wagoneer’s), and then there’s the piece de resistance, the 10.3-inch passenger display that can play movies through your Amazon Fire account. And then, of course, there are the 10.1-inch screens for the second-row passengers.
As with the exterior, the biggest difference between the Grand Cherokee L and the Wagoneers is size. The biggest difference between the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer is the level of opulence. If you’re thinking, “This looks nice” you’re probably in a GCL. If you’re thinking, “This looks nice and roomy” you might be in a Wagoneer. And if you’re thinking “I wonder how much Al Pacino got paid to be in ‘Hunters?’” you’re the passenger in a Grand Wagoneer.
Sensing a pattern yet? Well, it continues under the hood. Although the Grand Cherokee L can be had with a 5.7-liter V8 making 357 hp, it comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6. It is a decent one, though, making 290 horses.
The Wagoneers, meanwhile, come standard with V8 hooked up to an 8-speed automatic transmission. In the Wagoneer, it’s a 5.7-liter V8 with cylinder deactivation paired to a 48-volt hybrid assist that Jeep calls eTorque, which makes a healthy 392 hp and 404 lb-ft of torque. In the Grand Wagoneer, there’s a bigger 6.4-liter V8 with cylinder deactivation that gets an even healthier 471 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque.
Somewhat surprisingly, despite making more power, the Grand Wagoneer can tow less. The Wagoneer is rated to tow up to 10,000 lbs whereas the Grand Wagoneer taps out at 9,860 lbs. Although the Grand Cherokee L can’t keep up with its larger siblings, it does manage an impressive 7,200 lbs of towing with the V8.
The Bigger The Options List The Bigger The Bill
As you might expect, the price will be the biggest differentiator for customers. The Grand Cherokee L, naturally, starts lowest at $36,995. Prices on the Wagoneer start at $59,995. If you want the most luxury, though, you’ll have to pay the Grand Wagoneer’s starting price of $88,995, with both MSRPs including a $2,000 destination fee.