After a 25-year absence, the Ford Bronco returned to the market for 2021, just in time to feed the growing appetites of a pandemic-weary car shopper who was increasingly interested in a four-wheel drive adventure vehicle that could get them out exploring.
Built for extremes of off-road capability and packing some of the most high-tech driveline and chassis hardware in the game, the new Bronco has Jeep Wrangler owners square in its sights.
The new Bronco has created quite a buzz and prompted a lot of questions from a lot of people. Below, we’ll answer 10 of the most commonly searched questions about the new Ford Bronco.
Which Ford Bronco Is Biggest?
The four-door Bronco is the biggest one. The Bronco name references not a single model, but a family of vehicles that currently includes the two-door Bronco, the four-door Bronco, and the Bronco Sport.
The Bronco Sport is a compact crossover built on the same architecture as models like the Ford Maverick and Ford Escape. It’s available in a single body style.
The Bronco is an off-road SUV built using a truck-based frame and driveline. It’s available in two- and four-door body styles. Though the Bronco Sport is slightly longer than the two-door Bronco, other major dimensions are all smaller.
So, between the Bronco Sport, Bronco two-door, and Bronco four-door, the Bronco four-door is the biggest machine.
Is the Ford Bronco Electric?
Nope. At the moment, all Bronco models are powered by a gasoline-fired four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. Still, like automakers around the globe, Ford is actively developing new electric vehicle (EV) technologies including platforms that will house future truck, 4x4, and SUV products in the coming years. So while it’s not electric today, it could be in the future.
Is the Ford Bronco an SUV?
Yes! The Bronco’s use of a tough, truck-based body-on-frame construction, elevated ground clearance, rugged 4x4 system, and off-road credentials make this model a thoroughbred SUV. It’s recently earned the title of Best Vehicle for Adventure in the 2022 AutoTrader Awards.
What Is the Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package?
The Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package is a collection of extreme off-road hardware designed for an enthusiast shopper seeking maximized capability and confidence in challenging settings.
The Ford Bronco’s Sasquatch Package ($4,500) adds 35-inch tires with 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels. These help prevent the tire from slipping off of the wheel during severe use at low pressure by physically bolting the tire to the structure of the wheel rim.
Also included are front and rear locking differentials, which mechanically bind each axle together – boosting available traction at the push of a button in severe situations. A 4.7 final drive ratio and high-clearance fender flares make Sasquatch Package-equipped Bronco models particularly good at navigating extremely rocky trails.
The Sasquatch Package also provides a wider track, with wheels mounted nearly two inches further apart. Special Bilstein shock absorbers are fitted to give drivers high levels of ride comfort, stability, and clearance, even while covering rough ground at speed.
Where Is the Ford Bronco Made?
The Ford Bronco is built in Michigan.
Its 2.7-litre engine comes from Ford’s Lima Engine plant in Lima, Ohio, and the 2.3-litre engine comes from the Cleveland plant in Brook Park, Ohio.
Is the Ford Bronco a Good Family Car?
The answer to this question really depends on a few factors.
Adventure-loving families looking for a vehicle built to confidently explore new terrain will likely find the Bronco a worthy contender for their dollars. As far as off-roaders go, the Bronco boasts an easy-to-drive feel, user-friendly features and tech, and no shortage of safety and connectivity equipment. Many drivers will appreciate its tall and commanding driving position and all-weather capability, which inspire further confidence.
Still, quieter, more comfortable, more spacious, more practical, and more fuel-efficient vehicles are widely available in the Bronco’s price range. Also, the Bronco is tall and has a high ground clearance, so smaller children might find it difficult to enter and exit. Installing child seats can also be difficult due to the Bronco’s height. These two last points will be especially true with the two-door model.
The best return on investment will be seen by Bronco drivers who plan to tap into its off-road capabilities on a regular basis, but if you don’t plan on off-roading often, your family might be better served by a different vehicle.
Can the Ford Bronco Tow?
Yes, the Ford Bronco has a maximum towing capacity on all models of 3,500 lb when properly equipped.
Does the Ford Bronco Have a 3-Cylinder Engine?
No. At this writing, the Bronco has two available engines: a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder. The four-cylinder engine is a 2.3-litre turbocharged EcoBoost with 274 horsepower (300 on premium-grade fuel), and 314 lb-ft of torque. This all-aluminum engine uses a twin-scroll turbocharger and electronic wastegate for enhanced response at all engine speeds.
Optionally available is the Bronco’s V6 option: a 2.7-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost delivering 315 horsepower (330 on premium-grade fuel) and a robust 415 lb-ft of torque.
Which Ford Bronco Is Manual?
Only Ford Broncos with four-cylinder engines can be outfitted with a manual transmission.
Enthusiasts and shoppers told Ford they wanted to see manual transmissions in the Bronco, and Ford responded with increased availability. Now, shoppers can even order a manual transmission on Sasquatch Package-equipped models with the four-cylinder engine.
The V6 engine option only comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Which Bronco Is a Convertible?
All Bronco models can offer an open-air driving experience. Base-model two-door units get a removable convertible hardtop, while base-model four-door models come standard with a removable soft-top. A removable hardtop is available optionally for four-door models, and roof rails with crossbars can be fitted to hard-top equipped models, too.