If you really want the fun of building out a jeep, get a loaded 2.0 Rubicon and do you own lift, tires, gearing, etc. That's what I did. The more built it is from factory the more money you're throwing away as you upgrade off road parts. The 2.0 handles my 35s great. I come from driving sport...
Drive both. There's no guarantee any engine will last 200k miles, but both engines should last well past 100k. I never keep cars past 100k so that didn't factor into my decision at all. I bought the 3.6 in 2018 because I was leery of the new technology. I never thought my 3.6 was very smooth...
Brand new 5 (take off) 2022 Rubicon wheels and tires. The tires are unmounted with no tpms/valve stems.
Will consider splitting them
Package (5 wheels/tires): $1,150 OBO
5 Tires 285/70/17 BFG KO2: $1,050
5 Wheels: $150
Local pickup only Chattanooga area
I just took delivery of a 2.0 and pretty much immediately put 35s on it, but it is a blast. After 200 miles it really opened up. I had a 3.6 before and I'll never go back unless it develops some unmanageable reliability issue.
I ran 285/75/17 on my sport with no lift and it worked out really well. It comes out to about a 34" tire. If you go with something light like C rated Cooper AT3 XLT or BFGoodrich KO2, you won't feel much different from stock. That's about as big as you can go on a Sport without a regear. You CAN...