There are so many wonderful outdoor activities to do in Santa Monica, from the mountains to the beaches there is never a shortage of adventures waiting for you.  Both the Jeep Wrangler and the JL Rubicon are fantastic models to assist you and all your friends in getting to your next adventure.  The 2019 JL Rubicon has all of the old school design you love with new technology that gets you further.  The 2019 Jeep Wrangler offers the base model for the ultimate outdoor enthusiasts. Let's explore what makes these two different from one another.

Power Differences

The 2019 Wrangler is the only available model with one engine, a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine.  This goes for both the Wrangler and the Wrangler Unlimited.  The Wrangler JL Rubicon is equipped with the same engine but with some upgrades.  The new tweaks in the engine offer you up to 285 horsepower and 260 pound to feet of torque, and it can be matched with the standard six-speed manual transmission or the new available eight-speed automatic transmission.  The Pentastar V6 also comes standard with electric start-stop to preserve fuel.  You can expect your Jeep JL Rubicon to have an average fuel economy of 17 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.

Another difference between the 2019 Jeep Wrangler and the JL Rubicon is the JL is also available with two new engine options for added versatility.  One of the new options is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 270 horsepower and 295 pound to feet of torque.  This makes conquering tough terrain easier on you and your Jeep. This engine is engineered with a hybrid system, eTorque, transmission shift management, and intelligent battery charging.

The third engine available on the all-new JL Rubicon is the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that pumps out 262 horsepower and 442 pound to feet of torque.  This engine lets you haul up to 3,500 pounds!

Exterior and Interior Differences

Let's talk about some differences you'll find when it comes to design.  The JL Rubicon is 200 pounds lighter than the Wrangler due to the doors, hood, and windshield frame.  These sections are made out of a lightweight, heavy-strength aluminum and steel combination in comparison to pure steel.  The trim lineup has also changed.  The Wrangler two-door is available in three trims, the Wrangler Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon, so both models hold these options.

When it comes to off-road capability the JL Rubicon really shines.  On the Wrangler, there is 10.9-inch ground clearance and the ability to traverse water 30 inches deep.  The standard crawl ratio is 2.72:1, and if you're looking for even more capability, the JL Rubicon has a crawl ratio of 84.2:1.  The Jeep Wrangler Sport and Sahara trim come with the Command-Trac 4X4 system for off-road maneuverability.  But, the Rubicon models come with a Rock-Trac 4X4 system with a "4LO" ratio of 4:1 and Tru-Lok locking differentials, as well as skid plates, front and rear tow hooks, and rides on 33-inch tires.

On the interior it will come down to your personal preference.  Both are equipped with modern technology like touchscreens and steering wheel controls.  The Wrangler features a more basic design while the JL Rubicon shows off an athletic stance with more rugged finishes.

We are calling all Santa Monica adventure seekers to visit our dealership and give each of these trim options a test drive.  The choice is yours! Please contact us if you have any additional questions and we hope this helped you make a more educated choice.



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