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A 2024 Wagoneer Buyer’s Guide

Wagoneer has declared its 2024 model “an American icon of passion and principle.” As one of the original automotive models to encourage drivers to leave the pavement behind and voyage into the unknown, the Wagoneer has been the vehicle of choice for explorers, adventurers, and those who believe driving a larger vehicle doesn’t have to be boring.

Though a recent surge in three-row SUV production has left the class with a reputation for being somewhat of a personal school bus, the Wagoneer is more than a conveniently configured vehicle for families. Constructed to go beyond the traditional roadways, the Wagoneer can accomplish more and drive further than the stereotypical full-size SUV. Furthermore, the brand’s push into luxury territory has been quite successful as the 2024 Wagoneer takes the SUV adventure experience to new levels.

The 2024 Wagoneer embraces the idea of forging forward, with cutting-edge technology guiding it across new frontiers. From the Hurricane engine to a customizable cabin that offers the latest and greatest in comfort and convenience, the Wagoneer has come a long, long way since its introduction in 1963. Take a look at some of the thoughtful features that make the new Wagoneer an iconic addition to the SUVs of 2024.

Power, Performance, and the Hurricane Engine

The Wagoneer is a large vehicle. Measuring 214.7 inches in exterior length and providing up to 116.7 cu.ft. of cargo space with the seats stowed, there’s no mistaking the Wagoneer for a compact SUV. However, this size is part of the Wagoneer experience, in which even adults can take advantage of the spacious 36-inch legroom in the third row. Furthermore, the Wagoneer is designed to tow loads of up to 10,000 lbs when properly equipped. It stands to reason that, in order to move mountains, a mighty force must be under the hood.

Wagoneer has called in the Hurricane for the job. Providing 420 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque, the 3.0L inline-6 Twin-Turbo engine known as the Hurricane is right for the task. While larger vehicles are often criticized for slow acceleration, the Wagoneer has a 0-60 mile per hour acceleration time of a mere 6.3 seconds. Racetrack worthy? No, but anyone who has had to merge on the interstate during rush hour will appreciate how quickly the Wagoneer’s 214.7 inches can move with this mighty engine on board. Those with an intense interest in trailering can consider the trailer preparation packages offered by Wagoneer, including trailer brake controls and trailer hitch zoom camera view.

The modern cabin and infotainment screen in a 2024 Wagoneer.

4×4 or 4×2…It’s Up to You

While many drivers would declare off-road chops as part of the Wagoneer’s appeal, there are plenty of drivers who don’t necessarily need that function as much as the other outstanding features of the SUV. However, for those who stand firmly in the former population, the 2024 Wagoneer offers several options for 4×4 systems. The first is the standard Quadra-Trac I system. This system is constantly engaged but allows drivers to select the ideal driving mode from the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System. Drivers can tackle snow, rain, and mud with full peace of mind thanks to preset drive modes that engage shifting, engine performance, and torque distribution as needed.

The available Quadra-Drive II automatically engages, with a rear electronic limited-slip differential that gives it the traction and gumption needed to drive through rock, sand, mud, and just about anything else you may encounter on the trail. Quadra-Trac I is always engaged and features all-weather capability, while the available Quadra-Drive II is an incredible automatic 4×4 system that can take you where you need to go. Additional packages and features can be added to increase the Wagoneer’s off-road chops, such as the Advanced All-Terrain Group, which brings steel skid plates, tow hooks, and additional ground clearance aboard.

Top-Shelf Comfort and Convenience

Of course, it’s not all about the rugged lifestyle. The 2024 Wagoneer is offered in three trims, each designed to provide drivers with creature comforts that make any drive a privilege. The base Wagoneer trim is anything but basic in this regard. Upholstered with Capri leather trim, drivers can get used to enjoying standard features like power-adjustable heated and ventilated seats with memory settings. Dual-zone automatic temperature control is standard as well, allowing all three rows of passengers to enjoy their preferred temperature.

Stepping up to the Series II trim opens up more standard and available options. The interior is warmly upholstered in leather trim, and a wireless device charging pad is standard. For those wishing to customize their Wagoneer with available features like a massive head-up display, second-row captain’s chairs with power access to the third row, and trailering technology, the Series II is ready to become your dream car.

The top trim, Series III, includes heated second-row seats, power-stowing third-row seats, and available features that you’ll definitely not encounter in other three-row SUVs, such as a locking in-vehicle safe or a premium McIntosh audio system with 19 speakers. Those looking to keep passengers entertained for the long haul can consider the optional Amazon Fire TV entertainment system built-in, as well. The 2024 Wagoneer also offers an available Carbide Package that adds stylish black interior and exterior accents, along with a panoramic tri-pane sunroof, cargo cover, and adjustable roof-rail crossbars to enhance the Wagoneer’s practicality and enjoyability.

A white 2024 Wagoneer towing a boat past a lake.

The Wagoneer Offers Safety in Style

The 2024 Wagoneer also comes equipped with a full suite of standard safety and driver assistance technology. Some of the standard features that surpass the traditional lane-centering assistance and collision warnings include Blind-Spot and Cross-Path Detection monitoring, Full-Speed Forward-Collision Warning, ParkSense front and rear park-assist with stop sensors, and a clear, precise ParkView rear backup camera.

Those who opt for the Series II or Series III models will have the opportunity to add even more safety-centered technology to their vehicle, including an available 360-degree Surround-View camera, parallel and perpendicular Park-Assist with stop sensors, Side Distance Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Drowsy Driver Detection, which uses sensors and alarms to keep drivers alert.

What Makes the 2024 Wagoneer Stand Out?

The Wagoneer has an interesting history, originally appearing as Jeep’s family-friendly SUV in the early 1960s. With automatic transmission and independent suspension, it was perfect for free-wheeling outdoor time. Today, however, drivers’ needs have changed. We still want to go camping, boating, and exploring with the family; at the same time, we need to keep an eye on fuel economy, highway manners, and the safety of all of our precious cargo. This is where the Wagoneer’s versatility truly shines, making it ideal for on and off the pavement.

The 2024 Wagoneer is a modern spin on this tradition. Though the concepts of outdoor exploration and off-roading have changed somewhat since the early days of Wagoneer, the spirit of adventure lives on today. From its cheerful ability to take on strange terrain, cargo duty, or trailering to the thoughtful features that make driving a cozy, comfortable experience, today’s Wagoneer has captured the needs of a large segment of modern American drivers. Whether you never leave the pavement or have a pressing need somewhere beyond the mud, the 2024 Wagoneer is prepared for everyday duties and more.