The Jeep Grand Wagoneer gets fantastic fuel economy (on Opposite Day)
No drop of carbecue sauce shall go unburnt in the presence of the new Grand Wagoneer.
Rejoice as the three-row luxury tank that is the Jeep Grand Wagoneer will soon bring opulence and off-road prowess to a vacation cabin near you. Wince at the dismal fuel economy as the EPA recently released its understandably-poor figures. According to mad government scientists, expect the new luxo Jeep to achieve 13 mpg in the city, 18 on the highway, and 15 combined.
The economy figures are about what you'd expect from a three-row goliath sporting standard four-wheel drive and a 6.4L V8 which is likely another iteration of the tried-and-true SRT 392 Hemi from your cool uncle's Challenger T/A. The not-so-Grand Wagoneer could perhaps be more efficient as it will reportedly be offered with a 5.7L V8 bolstered by Stellantis' (formerly FCA) eTorque mild hybrid system, however, its figures are yet to be revealed.
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In fairness, while the Grand Wagoneer exhibits fuel crisis-inducing thirst, it's not the absolute worst in its league. According to the EPA's fuel economy research site, it's 15-mpg combined fuel economy figure is matched by the Infiniti QX80, and the Jeep even manages to gain the upper hand over the Lexus LX 570's number of 14.
That said, it's still bested by its closest competitors, the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator, which return 16 and 17 combined respectively. The twin-turbo V8s of the BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS fair about the same as the Navigator, and all are bested by the Audi Q7's turbo six's 20 combined figure.
So gas mileage is bad but not atrocious. On top of that, the clientele who will actually be throwing down money for these things probably won't care so much. They'll likely find the ho-hum economy to be well worth the 471 horsepower that the six-four V8 affords as they traverse the roads less traveled to the ski lodge.
From: Car and Driver