2018 Jeep Wrangler vs. Rubicon Trail, Part 2: Taking a Lifted JL Up Cadillac Hill [Video]

We take on Cadillac Hill in a lifted 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

What do you do when your stock Wrangler just isn’t enough?

In part one of our adventure up the Rubicon Trail, Roman and Tommy scraped and skidded their way through in a stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. Now, on day two of the trip, it’s time to take a different approach.

Sometimes, you just need more capability than even the stock Rubicon provides. When that happens – as it often does for serious off-roaders – there’s always the aftermarket. Support for the Jeep Wrangler has always been strong, but Mopar has also built a line of performance parts and accessories for the new JL.

Moparized 2018 Jeep Wrangler takes on Rubicon Trail
The standard Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is capable right out of the box, but in a world of aftermarket lifts and bigger tires, sometimes you just need more. [Photo: FCA]
With day two of the trip, Roman and Tommy take a different approach to the iconic Rubicon Trail. Here, they’re using a Mopar-lifted 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL to tackle Cadillac Hill. To overcome one of the trail’s most well-known challenges, this Rubicon has gear to make things a bit easier. Take a Mopar lift kit, 35-inch tires, a Warn winch, and a variety of other accessories, and the trail becomes more manageable, and much more fun.

Of course, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL still packs two powertrains, at time of writing. There’s the known and proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, for a start. That engine puts out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Then there’s the new kid on the block: the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. That unit manages 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The difference here is the 2.0-liter is exclusively mated to the eight-speed automatic. With the Rubicon, you also get front and rear locking differentials and an electronic sway bar disconnect switch.

How does the Moparized Jeep perform up the Rubicon Trail? Check out the video above to find out! If you missed part one, watch that video below. Check back to TFLcar.com for many more Jeep adventures, and subscribe to TFLcar and TFLnow for more news, views and real-world off-road reviews!