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The original Wagoneer has become one of the most loved nameplates of the Jeep empire. While maybe not as attached to Jeep’s heritage as the CJ or Wrangler, the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer helped establish the idea of a sport-utility vehicle in the minds of American consumers. Advertised as a luxurious way to get anywhere, the Grand Wagoneer has since become a hot collector’s item. Adding to the Grand Wagoneer’s lore is its death. Both Grand and standard Wagoneers were replaced by Cherokee nameplates that helped move Jeep along from its AMC days.
In recent years, Jeep has revived both the Grand Wagoneer and the Wagoneer, and they are picking up where both models left off. The flagship of the Jeep brand, the Grand Wagoneer L takes the standard Grand Wagoneer and stretches its shell by a foot. Under the hood, you’ll also find the next generation of Mopar power: the turbocharged, 3.0-liter Hurricane I6.
On this episode of Quick Spin, Autoweek executive editor Tom Murphy hops behind the wheel of the 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L and puts it through its paces. Murphy takes you on a guided tour of this three-row SUV, highlights its interior and exterior features, then takes you along for a live drive review to show you how the Grand Wagoneer L performs in real-time. Adding to the show, host Wesley Wren chats with Murphy about the Grand Wagoneer, how it stacks up against the competitive set and the Hurricane I6. Closing the show, the two break down what makes this Jeep Grand Wagoneer L special.