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The lower-spec Hurricane I-6 is still fantastic

Jeep Wagon Full Overview

Advantages

  • Smooth and powerful motor
  • Air suspension system available
  • Spacious interior

The inconvenients

  • Too much piano black plastic
  • Body shudder on the frame
  • Controversial styling

While Stellantis is phasing out its V-8 engines, around which it has built a cult following of enthusiasts, the global auto manufacturing conglomerate is ushering in its new line of twin-turbocharged straight-sixes, destined to land under the hoods of cars like the Dodge Charger. The new engine has already found its way to sister company Jeep in the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer luxury SUVs. We tested a 2023 Jeep Wagoneer L equipped with a Hurricane producing base horsepower to see if that engine is suitable for a large three-row SUV.

Long live the hurricane

Entering the highway for the first time, the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6, which Stellantis calls the Hurricane engine, beefed up this big utility for effortless acceleration. The powertrain makes an excellent impression of a V-8 in terms of the linearity and unyielding twist of its powerband. It probably helps that the mill produces 420 hp and 468 lb-ft of torque. Although the sound is quieter than a Hemi, the motor is remarkably smooth and responsive. The eight-speed automatic transmission is a willing companion, sending power to the wheels with crisp, quick and crisp shifts.

Our test figures confirmed our subjective feeling of speed: 0-60mph goes by in just 5.5 seconds and managed to complete the quarter mile in 14.1 seconds at 95.1mph – incredibly fast for a vehicle that weighs 6,201 pounds. Braking is less impressive, at 140 feet from 60 mph. Still, the hustle and bustle of the big Jeep makes the Wagoneer L well suited for everyday use.

Jeep’s long, luxurious three-row SUV also held its own on the canyon roads. The steering is light but precise and the handling impresses in parking lots and on winding roads. A 51/49 percent front/rear weight distribution certainly helps in the handling department. The adaptive air suspension does a good job of making the Wagoneer L feel smaller than it is. Most small bumps aren’t felt in the cabin, though larger blemishes shake the Wagoneer L with a typical body-on-frame shudder. The really bad stuff rattled the hood, which isn’t surprising considering this SUV’s body is one long metal tube. Brake pedal feel is also commendable, making the Wagoneer L easy to control with confidence.

The exquisite transmission pairs well with the Wagoneer L’s available air suspension system, which automatically adjusts its ride height based on speed. At highway speeds or in sport mode, the Wagoneer L lowers for a more aerodynamic position. High-speed stability is excellent. While plowing the desert roads surrounding MotorTrend’s testing facilities, the Wagoneer L played the role of a grand tourer, despite looking like a bling-out brick.

Nice amenities

Inside, the Wagoneer L continues to demonstrate its commitment to quality a year after its introduction. There’s a ton of well-made switchgear and even the well-weighted shift dial clicks satisfyingly. Cabin space feels huge, and folding down all the seats opens up a cavernous 130.9 cubic feet of storage space, more than a Chevy Tahoe or Ford Expedition Max. Even the third row has plenty of room for average-sized adults to sit in without crumpling. With 36.6 inches of legroom, the rear has more room than the second row of many compact crossovers.

However, the Wagoneer L is more than just a space. Although the interior has a family characteristic not shared with the luxury Grand Wagoneer L, the cabin has a tightly bolted quality that should be perfect for the target customer. High-tech features include a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster with crisp graphics and legible fonts. The 10.1-inch infotainment screen comes with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay and another 10.3-inch touchscreen handles car controls like climate control. An Alpine 10-speaker system was fitted to this Wagoneer L, and it seemed to do a great job filling the cabin with full sound.

Safety and efficiency

Jeep equips the Wagoneer L with many standard active driver safety features. Our car was equipped with automatic emergency braking with detection of pedestrians and cyclists, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-trajectory monitoring and rear parking sensors with auto-stop capability. It also had optional features including enhanced adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous functionality, night vision with pedestrian and animal detection, intersection collision assist, drowsiness detection, traffic sign recognition signage, a 360-degree camera view and automated parking capability.

The Wagoneer L drives itself on the road, with driver monitoring, reasonably well, but the lane-keeping assist isn’t as good as we’ve experienced from other SUV competitors. ‘year. However, it maintains speed perfectly with the adaptive cruise control, whether going up or down a hill. Automatic braking and throttle responses feel natural, and drivers won’t mind letting the Wagoneer L take over for a while on a road trip.

Was the Hurricane-Powered Wagoneer a disaster or a success?

Based on our initial impressions and test numbers, the Hurricane-equipped Wagoneer L is a capable, thoroughly modern three-row SUV that we’d happily use to ferry family and friends around. At a starting price of just under $74,000 and a tested price of $85,000, the Wagoneer L does a pretty good job for itself. It’s equipped with industry-leading technology, capable of carrying a lot of cargo and remarkably easy to manoeuvre. It’s an especially good buy if the Grand Wagoneer’s higher price tag exceeds your personal threshold.

We enjoyed our time in the V-8 Wagoneer during last year’s SUV of the Year tests, but the Hurricane engine improved Jeep’s three-row SUV in ways we couldn’t. provide. The V-8 is dead. Long live Hurricane I-6.

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2023 Jeep Wagoneer L (Series II) Specifications
STARTING PRICE $74,000 (estimate)
PRICE AS TESTED $85,000 (estimate)
VEHICLE UPFIT Front-engine, 4WD, 8-passenger, 4-door SUV
ENGINE 3.0L DOHC 24-Valve Direct Injection Twin-Turbo Inline-6
POWER (SAE NET) 420 hp at 5,200 rpm
TORQUE (NET SAE) 468 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (DIST FWD/REW) 6,201 pounds (51/49%)
WHEELBASE 130.0″
Length x Width x Height 226.7 x 83.6 x 77.3 inches
0-60MPH 5.5 sec
QUARTER MILE 14.1 sec at 95.1 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 140 feet
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.72g (average)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.8 sec @ 0.58 g (average)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECONOMY 16/23/19 mpg (east)
EPA RANGE, COMB 580 miles (east)
ON SALE End of 2022