2021 Ford Bronco Sport Review About Bronco SUV

2021 Ford Bronco Sport is a specification Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco has dominated the debate since its launch last month, but I'm convinced the Bronco Sport is even more important, which is the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Preview

Don't get me wrong, the full size Bronco is as awesome as the cucumber. But its market position is clear: It's Ford's answer to the Jeep Wrangler. Meanwhile, sport is different. It appears in the busiest compact SUV segment, but it is the only offering that sets the standard for all-wheel drive. It bridges the gap between the car-like Escape and the full-tilt Bronco, and that might just be what the market needs

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Preview

The Jeep Wrangler finally had a real competitor but more than that legend was reborn. Available in many iterations, the Bronco is a true off-road vehicle, with available 37-inch wheels, manual transmission, and all the off-road goodies one could want

The new Bronco Sport compact car. It's the third piece in the Bronco lineup but unlike the 2 and 4-door versions, this is not a chassis truck on a frame. Instead, it is based on the same platform underneath the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair, both of which are not off-road

Underpinnings aside, Ford maintains the new Bronco Sport follows the “Built Wild” ethos of its bigger brother with features like standard 4-wheel drive and the G.O.A.T terrain management system. Included modes are Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, and Sand. On the top-level Badlands, you also get Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl modes

All Bronco Sports offer class-leading ground clearance, generous approach and departure angles, and water fording capabilities. The round headlamps, boxy profile and short front and rear overhangs are also trademark Bronco and will make this an easy vehicle to identify on the roads

Is Overlanding your thing? The Bronco sport has you covered there with a roof rack capable of supporting a two-person tent. Ford will even sell you one from their catalog full of factory-backed accessories

Start leveling up and you get a slide-out work table, powerful tailgate floodlights, and a rubberized floor so you can quickly hose off any grime that is sure to collect when out in the wild

Four Trim Levels

A Base Bronco Sport will start at $32,199 and provide you with the essentials. It’s powered by a 1.5-L turbocharged 3-cylinder that puts out 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque routed through an 8-speed automatic and standard four-wheel drive. You get the Safari roof, flip-up rear glass, 17-inch wheels, SYNC 3, Ford Co-pilot 360, LED lighting, and more

As you move up the ladder, bits of off-road trim and personality get added. Big Bend gets things like a rubberized cargo area and easy-clean upholstery, as well as some convenience items like heated seats and mirrors, a power driver’s seat, and a push-button starter

Then you have Outerbanks, still able to take on some trails but meant more for the urban jungle thanks to its road-friendly all-season tires. It also ditches the rubberized mats for carpet and easy-clean upholstery for leather

At the top, you get the appropriately named Badlands starting at $40,199. If you’re on the fence and think the full Bronco might be a tad too much, this is the one to go for. It comes with a more powerful 2-litre turbo 4 with 250 hp and a more advanced four-wheel-drive system with an electronic differential lock, upscale upholstery and trim, 27.5-inch all-terrain tires, additional off-road drive modes, beefier suspenders, skid plates, and rubberized flooring throughout

It also comes with a front-mounted trail cam and trail control, a sort of low-speed off-road cruise control

Is the Bronco Sport right for you

Being able to see the Bronco Sport in person was nice, it’s roughly the size of the Ford Escape but with a blockier greenhouse, and much more character. And quite frankly, it’s the most personality you’re going to find in this class of Toyota RAV4s and Honda CR-Vs

The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is close and would be the logical main competitor. Unfortunately not being able to drive the Bronco Sport yet means that’s where this preview ends. I’m a big fan of the Jeep and it will be a hard one to top but the Bronco Sport seems promising

Expect to start seeing the Bronco Sport arriving in dealers by early 2021. If you’re sold on it, you can reserve one on Ford’s website right now

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