Why did we pitch the new Jeep Wrangler JL 2.0-liter Turbo against Jeep Wrangler JK V6? What is “Hummer Hill” and why did we pit a 2-door vs a 4-door Wrangler up an extremely steep hill? Simply put: putting the Wrangler JK and JL against such a challenging obstacle was fun, and a bit scary.
You see, Hummer Hill is extremely steep and a challenge for any off-road vehicle, JK and JL Wranglers included. Many journalists who joined us on our trail drive had a hard time with the hill, some even opted to not climb it at all. Others, like our bossman Roman Mica opted to take on the hill in our studio Wrangler (our project Wrangler that belongs to his son). Our studio Wrangler is a short wheelbase, manual Wrangler with no locking diffs!
By comparison, I drove the brand new Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon with two locking diffs, a 2-liter turbo and a long wheelbase. Hint-hint… all of those items make for a brilliant climbing vehicle. Still, this hill was a big challenge and the results of this video speak for themselves.
So, you have a choice of JK and JL Wrangler – which one would you rather take up this hill?
This video was shot during the 2018 Easter Jeep Safari, the same event in which we get to drive many prototypes and experience new Jeep vehicles. It’s one of our favorite events, not only because it’s a hell of a good time, it also happens in one of the most beautiful backdrops you can find in the United States. It’s Moab, Utah and it’s glorious.
We have many videos from the 2018 Easter Jeep Safari, MPG challenges, prototype reviews and more – but we both agree, the Jeep Wrangler JL 2-liter Turbo vs Jeep Wrangler JK V6 challenge was one of our favorites.