Compared: 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vs. 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L

Jeep now offers midsize and full-size three-row SUVs, but key differences could factor in deciding which model is best for you.

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L in silver and 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L in white comparedJeep Grand Cherokee L (top) | Jeep Grand Wagoneer L (bottom)


Jeep's reputation was built on its rugged, go-anywhere SUVs. But lately, the brand's branched out with two premium, family-friendly vehicles. The 2023 versions of the midsize Grand Cherokee L and full-size Grand Wagoneer L three-row SUVs fit that description but fulfill their duties differently.

2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L interior and feature-heavy dashboardJeep | Grand Wagoneer L

The Premium Grand Wagoneer L Comes at a Premium Price

With a starting price of about $45,000 for the base 293-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, rear-wheel drive (RWD) Laredo trim, the smaller Grand Cherokee L is significantly more affordable than its larger SUV sibling. Four-wheel drive (4WD) costs an extra $2,000. A 5.7-liter 360-hp V8 is a $4,000 option starting with the Overland 4X4 trim for $67,000. Of the six available trims, the $72,000 Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve sits at the top and is 4WD only with the V6 or optional V8.

A more upscale version of the full-size Jeep Wagoneer L, the premium Grand Wagoneer L starts at about $97,000. That premium includes more exterior chrome trim, nicer interior materials, and standard 4WD. All Grand (and non-Grand) Wagoneer L models use a 3.0-liter 510-hp twin-turbocharged six-cylinder. Through five trims, the top-of-the-line Series III Obsidian starts at about $118,000.

2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L rear interior and cargo spaceJeep | Grand Wagoneer L

The Features Are Grand in the Grand Wagoneer L

As the most expensive Jeep SUV, the full-size Grand Wagoneer L offers impressive technology and equipment. All trims include a huge 12.3-inch driver display and a 12.0-inch infotainment screen, while higher trim-level models add a 10.3-inch passenger display. There are also standard heated and ventilated leather-trimmed front seats with a massage function.

The midsize Grand Cherokee L is decently equipped, with a standard 10.3-inch driver information display and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen. Higher trim levels add bigger wheels, leather seats, a quad-zone climate control system, a 10.1-inch infotainment system, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof.

As for cabin space, these three-row Jeeps can seat up to seven passengers. The Grand Cherokee L comes standard with seating for six, but a three-across second-row bench is a $750 option to make it a seven-seater. The Grand Wagoneer L has second-row captain’s chairs for a two, two, three seating arrangement.

Unsurprisingly, the bigger Jeep SUV is more capable when taking your stuff on a road trip. The Grand Wagoneer L has 44 cubic-feet with all seats in place and a maximum of 113 cu-ft with all seats folded down. The smaller Grand Cherokee L has just 17 to 85 cu-ft.

As for towing, the Grand Wagoneer L's $1,000 heavy-duty towing package boosts capacity from 5,400 to 9,750 pounds, compared to only a 6,200-pound maximum for the Grand Cherokee L with the V6 and 7,200-pound limit with the V8.

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Overland black interior and dashboardJeep | Grand Cherokee L

The Fuel-Friendly Jeep Grand Cherokee L Is the Better Fuel Economy Choice

With its twin-turbo inline-six-cylinder and 4WD, the Grand Wagoneer L gets an EPA-estimated 14/19/16 mpg city/highway/combined.

The fuel-friendly Jeep Grand Cherokee L, especially the six-cylinder models return 18/25/21 mpg in rear and 4WD. The optional V8 with 4WD delivers just 14/22/17 mpg.

All vehicle pricing includes MSRP plus destination charges (set at the time of publication), and will be rounded to the nearest thousand.

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Sami Haj-Assaad is an award-winning automotive journalist who has contributed to several automotive, electric vehicle, luxury lifestyle, and technology publications. His work isn't just limited to the written word, as he's also hosted YouTube videos and podcasts. Having grown up in the '90s, he has a strong sense of attachment to that era's style, though he also loves to geek out about the modern, futuristic tech and powertrains rolling out today.