What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport? What does it compare to?
The new Ford Bronco Sport small crossover SUV bridges the gap between the around-town Ford Escape and the off-road Ford Bronco. It can get around any terrain, similar to trail-rated versions of the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Compass, or like the Subaru Crosstrek.
Is the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport a good SUV?
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Yes, and that should intimidate Subaru and Jeep. It earns a TCC Rating of 7.0 out of 10 without a safety rating. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport?
Everything, except the core part of its historic name. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is based on the Ford Escape platform, but it stands out for delivering off-road capability in a segment that often lacks it.
The Bronco Sport resurrects square ends, a tall roof, and heavily cladded bumpers that are much more than cosmetic. Durable cladding carries over inside, with functional plastics and clever storage areas from the dash to the tiered cargo floor.
With a standard 1.5-liter turbo-3 and five drive modes, the base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks models can hit the highway or the trail with equal efficiency.
The 2.0-liter turbo-4 is standard in Badlands and First Edition models. It uses a twin-clutch rear differential that can shift up to 100% torque to either rear wheel, and it adds two more drive modes that adapt throttle and traction settings to the conditions.
The independent front and rear suspension comes with softer springs on top trims to smooth out judders, jumps, and jounces encountered on hill, dale, or creek. On the road, the ride quality might be a little rougher and louder than the Escape, but it’s a welcome reminder that an escape is one unmarked turn away.
Total cargo volume of 65 cubic feet behind the front seats matches the Escape, but the rear seats are not as wide and roomy. Carabiner hooks and tie downs, available storage pockets under the rear passenger seat, Molle straps on zippered rear pockets, and more than 100 other accessories can outfit the Bronco Sport.
Crash-test ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS haven’t been completed, but the Bronco Sport can avoid or mitigate crashes with standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, and automatic high beams. Options include adaptive cruise control and a front camera.
How much does the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport cost?
With an expensive destination fee of $1,495, the 2021 Bronco Sport starts at $28,155, but it comes well equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. We’d maximize the space and utility with the Big Bend trim for $29,655 and its rubberized cargo floor mats and additional options. The $39,655 First Edition sold out with a limited run of 2,000 units.
Where is the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport made?