Jeep hasn’t had a three-row SUV in its lineup since the Commander was dropped from the range following the 2010 model year, but two three-row models have arrived this year: an extended-length Grand Cherokee L version of the mid-size SUV that seats up to seven, and the new full-size Wagoneer that seats up to eight.
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The number of seating rows alone doesn’t tell the whole story when it comes to interior space and comfort, so we checked out each row of both SUVs at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show. Here’s what we found.
One of the big differences between the Wagoneer and Grand Cherokee L becomes apparent before you get into the driver’s seat, and that’s their step-in heights. Among non-air suspension models, the Wagoneer’s height is 2.6 inches higher. The two SUVs use different types of construction: The Wagoneer has a body attached to a frame while the Grand Cherokee L has a unibody design.