What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Ford Bronco? What does it compare to?
The 2021 Ford Bronco two-door or four-door convertible SUV returns with standard 4×4 capability on a pickup truck frame intended for off-road duty. It aims to knock the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon from its off-road throne, where it has ruled unquestioned at least since the last Bronco went out of production in 1996.
Is the 2021 Ford Bronco a good SUV?
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Yes. So good. It combines cutting-edge technology with off-road durability, as well as removable doors and roofs, to make getting to the trail as fun as on the trail. It earns a TCC Rating of 7.0 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2021 Ford Bronco?
The Ford Bronco is new for 2021, and lives up to the billing as one of the most hyped vehicles in recent time. With seven trims, five packages, two engine choices, two body styles, two roof styles, the Bronco comes with as many configurations as trails you can encounter in the wilds.
Inspired by the past but molded by the present, the 2021 Bronco features modular parts and a squat frame that could be a bulldog made of Lego bricks. Inside it doubles down on a broad flat dashboard that’s studded with blocky vertical vents and durable rubberized gears, switches, and knobs.
Bucking this Bronco is a punchy 2.3-liter turbo-4 under that makes 275 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque with regular gas. It pairs with a 7-speed manual with a low crawler gear to off-road without worrying about the clutch pedal. Most shoppers will opt for the available 10-speed automatic that’s standard on the four-door. A 315-hp 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 410 lb-ft is available, but only with the 10-speed. Fuel economy strains for 20 mpg combined with either.
Four-wheel drive comes standard with a choice in two-speed transfer cases with an available Dana 44 solid rear axle and available front and rear locking differentials. On the road, the independent front suspension and electric-assist steering system tame road manners and keep the Bronco as docile as its modular setup can allow.
One person can remove the doors and hardtop, and the soft top folds easily into the cargo area, where the doors or roof panels can be stowed. The two-door fits four passengers under its standard hardtop, while Ford puts five seats in the four-door; that fifth person best fits as an armrest. The standard cloth soft top on the four-door affords more space, but in either configuration rear leg room is good and cargo volume exceeds many crossovers.
Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, hill descent control, LED headlights, and automatic high beams, while convenience features include an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, and keyless start.
The available 12.0-inch touchscreen and surround-view camera system are worth the charge for the four off-road views they provide, and other off-road features help novices learn the ruts and enable pros to go further, deeper, and more often.
How much does the 2021 Ford Bronco cost?
The Base model two-door costs $29,995 (all prices include $1,495 destination), and the four-door adds anywhere from $2,495 on mid-grade models to $4,700 on the base model. But that upgrade also includes the 10-speed automatic, which by itself costs $1,595 more than the manual; upgrading to the 2.7-liter costs $1,895 but it only comes with the automatic, so factor that upcharge as well if you’re coming from the manual. The First Edition, available only for 2021 and limited to 7,000 units, costs $61,605 for the four-door. Pricing excludes the more than 200 accessories, but includes Bronco Off-Roadeo for owners to learn how to off-road during a day-and-a-half experience at one of four Ford locations in the U.S.
Where is the 2021 Ford Bronco made?
At the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., same place as the original Bronco 56 years ago.