COMPARE: Jeep Grand Cherokee vs Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer

Compare Two New 3-Row SUVs: Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs. Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer

For 2022, Jeep offers two new from-the-ground-up vehicles aimed at the heart of one of the fastest-growing market segments, three-row SUVs. As the historic off-road brand grows after celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2021, the addition of the Grand Cherokee L and Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer twins bring Jeep increased comfort, capability and refinement.

There's lots to compare and contrast between these two great Jeep models. Read on for lots of details to help you decide which is best for you!

Introducing the Jeep Grand Cherokee L

The three-row Grand Cherokee L rides on an all-new uniframe platform shared with the traditional two-row Grand Cherokee (Spring 2022) bringing next-generation ride comfort, safety technologies and advanced 4x4 engineering. The L offers seating for six via second-row captains chairs or seating for seven if you opt for a bench in the second row. The third row is exclusively available as a two-person bench seat for maximum comfort. Cargo space behind the third row bests competitors such as the Toyota Highlander and GMC Acadia, while still maintaining superior Jeep off-road capability.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve parked on a dirt track in the woods.

The Return of the Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The body-on-frame Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are aimed at the highest end of the SUV segment, offering immense passenger space, even more cargo volume, and class-leading towing capability. Like the Grand Cherokee L, there are three rows of seating with the option for either second-row captains chairs or a second-row bench seat. One key difference however, is that the extra width of the full-size Wagoneer & Grand Wagoneer affords more than enough room for a full three-person bench seat big enough to hold large adults comfortably. Notably the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer have more legroom in the third row and more cargo volume behind it than competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS and Lincoln Navigator.

What are the size differences between the Jeep Grand Cherokee L and the Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer?

The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer provide more space than the Grand Cherokee L, being longer, taller, and wider. The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer can fit up to 8 passengers (seating three in the third row) compared to the Grand Cherokee L's maximum of 7 passengers (which offers seating for two in the third row). The third row of the Grand Cherokee L is best suited for those with smaller frames while the extra passenger volume of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer can fit taller and wider adults much easier.  

The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are heavier than the Grand Cherokee L and thus feature more powerful engines standard. Both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer provide powerful Hemi V8s standard enabling them to tow much heavier items because of it, such as large boats, secondary vehicles and utility trailers. However, the Grand Cherokee L is more nimble and agile thanks to it's smaller size and uniframe design. This allows the Grand Cherokee L to be the only Trail Rated Jeep three-row as both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are a bit too wide and heavy to tackle most off-road trails. Not to be out done, however, all three of these vehicles are equipped with the best Jeep offers in mechanical and technological capability. Take a look at the numbers below to see specifics differences between these models.

At A Glance

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep Wagoneer / Grand Wagoneer

The Wagoneer is/Has

Length104.9 inches214.7 inches9.8 inches longer
Width77.9 inches83.6 inches5.1 inches wider
Height71.5 inches75.6 inches4.2 inches taller
Weight4,618 to 5,086 pounds5,960 to 6,230 poundsAbout 1,300 pounds heavier

Front Seat Legroom

41.3 inches

40.9 inches

0.4 inches less
Second Row Legroom39.4 inches42.7 inches3.3 inches more
Third Row Legroom30.3 inches36.6 inches6.3 inches more

Cargo Space Behind Third Row

17.2 cubic feet

27.4 cubic feet

10.2 cubic feet more
Cargo Space with 3rd Row Folded46.9 cubic feet70.8 cubic feet23.9 cubic feet more
Cargo Space with 2nd and 3rd Row Folded84.6 cubic feet116.7 cubic feet32.1 cubic feet

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

6,900 pounds

7,700 pounds

About 800 pounds heavier
Max Towing Capacity / Payload

3.6L V6: 6,200 pounds

5.7L V8: 7,200 pounds

1,614 to 1,882 pounds

10,000 pounds (Wagoneer)

9,850 pounds (Grand Wagoneer)

Payload: 1,440 to 1,500 pounds 

The Wa
goneer and Grand Wagoneer can tow between 2,650 and 3,800 more pounds, A full ton or two more.


The 3.6L provides more than enough power for the Grand Cherokee L and has the best fuel economy. The 5.7L in the L takes this to the next level, making the vehicle genuinely sporty. In the Wagoneer, the 5.7L V8 provides strong passing and towing power, while the 6.4L HEMI V8 provides excellent acceleration with minimal effort.

 Jeep Grand Cherokee LJeep Wagoneer / Grand Wagoneer

3.6L Pentastar V6

290 horsepower, 257 lb. ft. of torque

18 city, 25 highway, 21 mpg combined

StandardNot Available

5.7L HEMI V8

357 horsepower, 390 lb. ft. of torque

14 city, 22 highway, 17mpg combined (Grand Cherokee L)

15 city, 20 highway, 17mpg combined  (Wagoneer)

Optional on Overland, Summit, & Summit ReserveSole Engine Choice: Wagoneer

6.4L HEMI V8

471 horsepower, 455 lb. ft of torque

13 city, 18 highway, 15 mpg combined 

Not AvailableSole Engine Choice: Grand Wagoneer


The Grand Cherokee L and Wagoneer twins offer similar levels of equipment across the model line-ups as the primary difference between the two is largely relegated to size (and subsequently power), on and off-road dynamics, passenger and cargo space and their positioning in the market. Buyers can get everything they want in either of these new vehicles regardless of which size and use case is best for their particular needs.  

Each class of vehicle features real wood, leather and metal accouterments inside and the highest quality materials for the dash, doors, headliner and carpeting throughout the vehicle. They are all available with the latest in technology features from Active Driving Assist - a Level 2 autonomous driving capability, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross path detection, 360° surround view camera, lane keeping assist and ParkSense automated parallel and perpendicular parking abilities. They all offer power flip and fold second and third row seats, power-folding third row headrests, full-length panoramic sunroofs, wireless phone charging with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto and standard full LED headlights and taillights for maximum safety.   

 During inclement weather, you'll be comforted with the instant warmth for your hands thanks to the heated steering wheel, warm and cozy massaging seats (also equipped with ventilation for the summer), heated side mirrors and powerful ventilation to get you and your passengers comfortable faster.  To enhance the driving experience, Jeep offers the full suite of its advanced off-road engineering including Quadra-Lift air suspension and all of our tried and tested all-terrain management systems from Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra Drive II on the Grand Cherokee L, Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer alike.

Exclusive Features Introduced on the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer

As flagships of Jeep and Stellantis North America's broader product offerings, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer launch with ten customer promises unique to the Wagoneer brand. This includes convenient mobile, online, and in-vehicle service scheduling, remote vehicle diagnostics and the launch of over-the-air updates (a feature coming soon across the Jeep line). Buyers will be overjoyed to take advantage of five years of complimentary, worry-free dealership maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations. Five years! Live 24/7 concierge support with real Jeep experts also join the list of Wagoneer Client Services, along with roadside assistance via both phone and online chat technology, trip interruption coverage and VIP access to exclusive events. We welcome buyers of competitive and traditional luxury brands with an extra layer of peace of mind to provide the utmost premier experience from the Wagoneer / Grand Wagoneer. 

Where the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer Wins

  • More passenger space 
  • More cargo space
  • HEMI V8s standard with the 6.4L HEMI exclusive to the Grand Wagoneer 
  • Better towing capacity
  • Wagoneer Client Services and concierge features
  • Exclusive design and rare Jeep off-road capability in a full-size SUV

Where the Grand Cherokee L Wins

  • Lighter and more fuel efficient
  • Quicker and more agile
  • Only Trail-Rated (Overland with Off-road Package) Jeep three-row
  • More affordable
  • Can be optioned to match Wagoneer / Grand Wagoneer feature content and material choices
  • Easier to park and fit between narrow spaces


Grand Cherokee L 4x4 starts at about $43,000 and ranges up to around $70,000.  Wagoneer starts at around $75,000 with top-of-the-line Grand Wagoneer models nearing $115,000.  

 The approachable Grand Cherokee L targets shoppers across a wide-variety of use-cases and demographics bringing excellent value to both price-conscious shoppers and luxury buyers alike. By comparison, the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer prioritize in sheer capability, size and brawn with more powerful engine choices, increased towing ability and even more seat space, resulting in a higher starting MSRP for the full-size, flagship luxury 4x4s.   

 The Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer vehicles are available at Planet today and customized, individualized versions are also available to order at your convenience from us directly.

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