A warning, the automatics in these are flat out dogs. We were getting ours for my wife to drive and she wanted an auto, not knowing how to drive stick. We test drove a non-rubicon auto and even she could tell that the tranny sucked. We (meaning I) then drove a 6-speed and she could tell the difference and resolved to learn stick and I taught her on that Jeep. It is a handful in stop-and-go traffic though with a lot of clutch effort/throw, so if that's part of what you'll need to do, the auto may be the best option. Not an issue for us.
For your needs, I think a Rubicon would be the way to get where you want with little effort. Throw on a 3.5" lift and 33s and just go. Note that keeping the stock rims with larger tires almost always requires wheel spacers. I did 1" on mine to fit the 35s and had to slightly adjust one steering stop to eliminate a rub at full lock.
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