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2021 Ford Bronco Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 12, 2020
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Aditya Suresh

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Ford has been long and hard-working on the Bronco to make it stand out that much more in 2021, after a long 25-year absence. So starting right off the bat, the 2021 Ford Bronco comes in 3 body styles and 2 powertrain options, one being the mild 2.3L EcoBoost unit and the other more potent 2.7L V6. To put your mind at ease, the 2021 Bronco starts at a base price of $28,500, which is damn near affordable for the overall package it provides.

2021 Ford Bronco 2-door and 4-door lineup

Although one might notice it to be a bit more expensive than the Jeep Wrangler, Ford has got you covered in that respect too. Bronco's li'l brother -  The 2021 Bronco Sport starts at just $26,660. The prices further vary on the basis of its two-door and four-door models. With booking-slots made available for the 2021 Bronco, all that is left to see is how it fares against the obvious choices of Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner in this pricing aspect. Let’s find out.

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Pros

Supreme off-roading capabilities

A large number of personalization options available

Potent 2.7L V6 engine

2-door and 4-door versions

Cons

No V8 engine option

Slightly more expensive than the Wrangler

What's New?

Ford Bronco is completely new for 2021


2021 Ford Bronco Latest Update

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30495

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

transmission

10 Speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Ford Bronco Detailed Review video
2021 Ford Bronco Interior video
2021 Ford Bronco Exterior video

Styles

2021 Ford Bronco in Blue Metallic color
Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Ford Bronco Base

Base

power
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$30,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $30,495 MSRP (20/22/26) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
10-Speed Automatic four wheel drive 5

Expert Review


Rest assured, the Ford Bronco in its sixth generation is a complete packaged steal. Even if the 2021 Bronco does not house a V8 engine, it still gets a similar if not moire potent 2.7L twin-turbocharged V6 engine from the Ford F-150, which is efficient enough to give the other SUVs in the market a run for their money. With loads of customization optional extras, the trims as such have also been packed up to the brim with exciting features. Moreover, with a starting price of $28,500, let us take you through the hotly anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco.

2021 Ford Bronco Front Third Quarter View
2021 Ford Bronco Rear Third Quarter View

2021 Ford Bronco Features

Now just like the 1996 Ford Bronco, don’t mistake the 2021 Ford Bronco for a timid machine as it will not be one of those. The 2021 Ford Bronco might solve all the worthwhile shortcomings of the 1996 Bronco, as it rolls out with a new generation of updates. The 2021 Ford Bronco is available in over 7 trims, and moving up the ladder, not only do the prices increase from $28,500 for the BASE trim to over $63,500 for the top-of-the-line FIRST EDITION trim but we also see the feature-list taking a turn for the better. Ford has strategically placed these trims, with the first five trims, from BASE to BADLANDS having a 2.3L engine from Ford Escape as standard, whereas the WILDTRAK and FIRST EDITION trims both having a 2.7L V6 unit as standard. 

Trims

BASE

BIG BEND

BLACK DIAMOND

OUTER BANKS

BADLANDS

WILDTRAK

FIRST EDITION

MSRP (2-Door)

$28,500

$33,385

$36,050

$38,955

$42,095

$48,8775

$59,305

MSRP (4-Door)

$33,200

$35,880

$38,545

$41,450

$44,590

$51,370

$63,500

Key Features

Easy-to-remove doors and roof

All BASE features included and these

All BIG BEND features included and these

All BLACK DIAMOND features included and these

All OUTER BANKS features included and these

All BADLANDS features included and these

All WILDTRAK features included and these

 

Terrain Management System with 5 G.O.A.T Modes

Terrain Management System with 6 G.O.A.T Modes

Terrain Management System with 7 G.O.A.T Modes with Rock Crawl

Terrain Management System with 6 G.O.A.T Modes

Terrain Management System with 7 G.O.A.T Modes including Rock Crawl and Baja

Terrain Management System with 7 G.O.A.T Modes including Baja

Hood and Bodyside graphics

 

16-inch Silver painted steel wheels

17-inch Carbonized Gray-painted aluminum wheels

17-inch Black painted steel wheels

18-inch black high gloss aluminum alloy wheels

33-inch all-terrain tires

Modular Shadow Black-painted hardtop

Safari bar

 

Carpeted flooring

Heated front seats

32-inch all-terrain tires

LED headlamps and taillamps

Unique Badlands suspension

Wildtrak hood graphic

Leather-trimmed seats with heated front row and 10-way power driver’s seat

 

SYNC 4 with 8-inch touchscreen

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Heavy-duty bash plates

B&O Sound system

Marine-grade vinyl interiors

Trail Control

Sasquatch Package with 35-inch tires

   

Remort start

Marine-grade vinyl seats

Powder-coated tube steps

Rock rails

   
   

Carbonized gray grille

Rubberized flooring with drain plugs

Cloth seats with heated front row

     
   

Privacy glass

Rear locking differential

Optional leather-trimmed seats

   

 

Which trim do we recommend

Now no matter which trim you choose, we assure you for the price it is being offered at, it will be a fully-fledged steal. Nevertheless, we'd recommend the OUTER BANKS trim with an optional 2.7L engine because this is where the luxury quotient kicks in heated front seats. It costs $38,995, and for that price range, it provides the best value for features proposition.

 2021 Ford Bronco Third Quarter View

Moreover, it comes with a wide range of Package options, which are well versed when it comes to the features it has in store for us. The price of these packages is expected to vary too, but then Ford has not let out its price options for the same. We expect to learn more as we inch closer to the release date. The various Packages on offer are-

  • Standard Package
  • MIld Package
  • High Package
  • Lux Package
  • Sasquatch Package

2021 Ford Bronco Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Over the course of six generations, the Ford Bronco has seen a widespread difference in prices. Brushing aside the fact that it had been shelved for 25 years, between the fifth and sixth generations mainly the price or the trend has mostly seen an upsurge because of the huge list of feature-packed additions. For its $2,194 base price way back in the 1970s to well over $50,000 for the 2021 Bronco’s top-most trim, the Bronco has certainly come a long way.

Now if the previous experiences have taught us anything, is that these kinds of updates have largely added onto the costs incurred while buying a car. The 2021 Bronco is expected to have a much more potent and refined powerhouse. It will be a perfect mixture of performance, rugged handling characteristics, and its effective off-roading prowess. 

Year

Price

1974(Part of the first generation)

$2,194

h1979(Part of the second generation)

$2,950

1996(Part of the fifth generation)

$3,189

2021(Part of the sixth generation)

$28,550

The price difference can be clearly seen to have varied a lot, solely because apart from having the same blue-oval Ford batch, the 2021 Bronco has been through a complete overhaul head to toe. Moreover, strict pollution norms also ask for grave changes from the automotive fraternity to be made to their lineup every year. This in turn has an adverse effect on the prices of the cars. 

How has the Ford Bronco performed on the sales front over the years?

The market trend in the US has changed a lot from what it was 1 or 2 decades ago. With the approval rating of the SUVs and crossovers at an all-time high and that unmatched Bronco's popularity, Ford couldn't have picked a better time to launch its hotly anticipated 2021 Bronco and deliver it to the masses. With the Bronco having garnered huge numbers back in the day, the 2021 Bronco might just be able to dethrone the current off-roading magnet, the Jeep Wrangler to gain the title of the best-selling off-road SUV in the US right now, maybe even go the extra mile to be crowned as the highest-selling SUV of 2021, with the hype that it has been creating.

Year

Ford Bronco (Sales Figures)

1977(Part of the first generation)

14,546

1979(Part of the second generation)

104,038

1986(Part of the third generation)

62,186

1991(Part of the fourth generation)

25,001

1996(Part of the fifth generation)

34,130

2021(Part of the sixth generation)

N/A

With over 100,000 units being sold in 1979 alone, the Bronco was ruling the automotive scenes back then. But after that, the figures seem to have dwindled down to nothing. There are a number of reasons for the fluctuation in sales figures shown above. Most importantly being the prices of the competition among others.

2021 Ford Bronco Buying Advice

If you're in the market for an SUV that can provide you with proper off-roading experience, while at the same time irrevocably outsmart each and every one of its competitors in terms of utilitarianism and practicality, then the 2021 Ford Bronco is undoubtedly the best option out there for you. Starting at a reasonable price of $28,550, don't just see the 2021 Bronco to be a bare-bones model, but look at it as a bare-bones SUV that you will be able to personalize yourself to any extent.

How does it fare on the Reliability front and what is the Cost of Ownership for the Bronco?

Now over, a century old, Ford's reliability is certainly unquestionable. Ford has always managed to manufacture cars loaded with modern tech and an ample amount of performance figures. Started off in 1903, Ford has established far and wide and has a strong presence al over the US which gives it an edge over other major manufacturers in the US in terms of reliability. The 2021 Ford Bronco enjoys this recognition too. Often doubted as one of the most popular SUVs to have graced us, it has a well built bare-bone structure, and thanks to its meticulous and reliable engineering the 2021 Bronco is sure to fare exceedingly well in terms of reliability.

The expense of ownership is one of the integral factors one must look for while purchasing a vehicle. One thing's for sure, as the Bronco's after-sales accessibility is well respected, depreciation should be the least of your concerns. Although, with the plethora of generational upgrades that have been made, expenses incurred on maintenance and repair works might be an issue. Now, with that being said, the Bronco after a hiatus of 25 years has been released in 2021, and thus we can't seem to calculate its ownership costs as of yet. Nevertheless, as the Bronco shares most of its underpinnings with the Ford F-150, here are the following costs one would expect to be associated with the Bronco.

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$1,375

$1,423

$1,473

$1,524

$1,578

Maintenance

$294

$802

$438

$2,054

$1,987

Repairs

$0

$0

$141

$335

$490

Taxes & Fees

$2,092

$186

$178

$170

$162

Financing

$1,324

$1,065

$788

$493

$179

Depreciation

$4,543

$1,221

$1,155

$1,355

$1,283

Fuel

$2,605

$2,683

$2,764

$2,847

$2,932

True Cost to Own®

$12,233

$7,380

$6,937

$8,778

$8,611

These are not the actual ownership costs of Bronco, but what we think could be, as the 2021 Ford Bronco shares a lot with Ford F-150. These numbers will mostly change, especially the depreciation costs. While the 2020 Ford F-150 incurs up expenses up to $44,000 through an average period of 5 years, the Bronco is expected to cost you much less.

2021 Ford Bronco Engine and Performance

When it comes to outright performance and pricing structure, there are only two names that come to our mind in terms of absolute competition to the 2021 Ford Bronco which are the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner. The 2021 Ford Bronco with its 2.7L twin-turbocharged V6 engine punches a maximum of usable 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers the power in a smooth and linear manner, even when it is backed with multiple turbos.

Moreover, with the Bronco being mainly referred to as an off-roader, Ford has kept that in mind and has come up with the Bronco Sport which can also be used around city streets for daily driving. The Jeep Wrangler, with its equally potent 3.6L NA V6, surely packs in some impressive figures, for the price point of $31,545 for which it is offered. Moreover, with rumors buzzing about the Jeep Wrangler getting a V8 in 2021, the competition can swing towards anyone. 

Model

2021 Ford Bronco

2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Toyota 4Runner

MSRP

$32,500

$31,545

$36,285

Engine

2.7L EcoBoost V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

4.0L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

RWD

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic transmission

5-Speed Automatic

Power

310 hp @ 5,100 RPM

285 hp @ 6,400 RPM

270 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

400 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

278 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

It is clearly understood from the table above, that the Jeep Wrangler is slightly less expensive than the Bronco. Moreover, the Rubicon, Wrangler's greatest off-roading kit package is priced just above the $50,000 mark, whereas the Bronco's top-of-the-line FIRST EDITION trim goes well above the $60,000 mark. Nevertheless, the power figures of the 2021 Ford Bronco are far more superior than the rest of the competition.

2021 Ford Bronco Fuel Economy

Ford is yet to reveal the entire spec sheet for the 2021 Ford Bronco, which includes the MPG figures. But as the Bronco borrows the 2.3L EcoBoost engine from the Ford Ranger, we expect the off-roader to deliver similar MPG ratings of 21 miles to the gallon in the city and about 26 miles to the gallon out on the highway, if not more. These are pretty generous figures for an expected 2-tonne SUV.

2021 Ford Bronco driver instrument cluster

Moreover, with the G.O.A.T driving modes and the efficient AWD setup backing the Bronco up, we expect more flexibility in terms of its fuel-efficiency. The huge 18.0-gallon fuel tank shows us that despite whatever the figures might say, the 2021 Bronco can cover far more longer distances between fuel-stops, which is saying a lot.

Model

2021 Ford Bronco

2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Toyota 4Runner

MPG (City)

21

17

17

MPG (Highway)

26

23

20

MPG (Combined)

23

19

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.0

17.5

23.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (miles)

378/ 468/ 414

298/ 438/ 332

391/ 483/ 414

From the table above, it is clear that the Bronco, with its shared powertrain, clearly scores the home-run this time around. Jeep Wrangler follows thereafter. Furthermore, the 4Runner scores pretty well in the fuel-tank department, but has a hard time keeping up with the rest in terms of MPG figures.

2021 Ford Bronco Interior

One might expect the Ford Bronco’s interior to be purely functional, as it is an off-roader. But Ford surprises us with an interior setup that is as sumptuous as it is functional. The practicality part of the SUV is surely taken care of by the Bronco. The Bronco gets an extended wiggle area when compared to its fiercest competitor, the Jeep Wrangler, which translates to a better passenger space, in terms of legroom. Furthermore, as the roofline further rises up in the back, the headroom for the rear passengers won’t be a problem.

 2021 Ford Bronco Seating Arrengement

The interior design is unlike anything we’ve seen before from the Ford lineup. With over 7 trim options, the creature comforts that are provided in the 2021 Bronco are immense. Infotainment-wise, a 12-inch LCD touchscreen system takes care of your entertainment needs. It is molded in a way that takes convenience and vitality to the next level. It gets integrated with FordPass Performance App, which also includes an immensely detailed map data to help you on those tough off-road journeys.

Model

2021 Ford Bronco

2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Toyota 4Runner

Seating capacity

5

5

7

First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

41/ 57.1/ 43.1

41.3/ 55.8/ 41.0

39.3/ 57.8/ 41.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.8/ 51.8/ 36.3

40.4/ 56.8/ 37.2

38.6/ 57.8/ 32.9

Trunk Capacity (4-door/2-door) (cu.ft)

29.5/ 60.1

12.9/ 31.7

46.3/ 47.2

Toyota 4Runner clearly takes the cake here in terms of outright trunk capacity. 2021 Bronco loses out big time in terms of seating 3 average-sized adults adequately in the rear, because of the insignificant shoulder space in the back. 

Some of the creature comforts included in the 2021 Ford Bronco are-

  • Waterproof marine-grade interior upholstery
  • Integrated grab handles in the dashboard
  • First-Gen inspired instrument cluster
  • Rubberized flooring with drainplugs
  • Standard 8-inch LCD touchscreen unit
  • Optional 12-inch infotainment display
  • SYNC 4 user interface
  • FordPass Performance application integration
  • Over Topographical trail maps from NeoTreks AccuTerra Maps

2021 Ford Bronco Exterior

It is available in 2-door and 4-door models, and with a wide variety of customization options to personalize the SUV according to your own needs. Let there be no doubt, that the 2021 Bronco is as rugged as it is advertised. Those sharp and clean lines are a sight for sore eyes. The signature round headlights with the dark-appointed grille with Bronco inscribed along, highlight the front end of the car,

 2021 Ford Bronco Front View

As we move to the tapering rear-end, we can see bits and pieces of the original Bronco highlighting across. Both the roof and the doors can be removed apart according to your preference. Further kit customisations to the exterior front are possible as you go up the trim level. For instance, there is Black Diamond, which brings in skid plates and rock rails to the mix. Furthermore, you can opt for 35-inch off-roading tires with the Sasquatch package, among other things.

Model

2021 Ford Bronco

2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Toyota 4Runner

Curb Weight (lbs)

N/A

4,277

4,675

Length (in.)

190.5

188.4

190.2

Width (in.)

76.3

73.7

75.8

Height (in.)

73.9

74.0

71.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.9

8.6

9.6

Wheelbase (in.)

116.1

118.4

109.8

In terms of outright length of the vehicle, Ford Bronco comes first with 190.5-inches, while the 4Runner takes the second place with 190.2-inches. In terms of ground clearance, the 4Runner’s 9.6-inches is the segment best and thus it helps it wade through big boulders with utmost ease. 

Some of the exterior features included in the 2021 Ford Bronco are-

  • LED lighting all round
  • Removable roof 
  • Integrated roll cage in the curtain bars
  • Tailgate mounted full-sized spare wheel
  • 11 eye-popping exterior shades
  • 3 body styles- Modular 2-door, and 4-door and 4-door crossover

2021 Ford Bronco Safety

Ford has been around for quite some time now, and thus it has time and again proved it’s safety prowess to the world without question. Ford, a well-reputed auto marquee, has always made sure to equip its offerings with the latest and greatest driver-assistance technology one could hope for. The Ford Bronco is sure to bathe in that reputation.

Now, for the 2021 Bronco, Ford packs this off-roader with all the active and passive safety tech, but regardless, nothing concrete can be said about its safety prowess, as it is too soon for the NHTSA and the IIHS to put the 2021 Bronco through a wall. Nevertheless, the notable safety features included inside the Bronco include-

  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • AdvanceTracwith Roll Stability Control and Trailer Sway Control
  • BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear View Camera
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps
  • AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control)
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Ford Co-Pilot 360+

2021 Ford Bronco Competition

2021 Ford Bronco vs Jeep Wrangler

This is exactly like David vs Goliath, except the fact that none of them seem to let go of the off-roading king crown. The Wrangler is cheaper than the Bronco, and also hosts a less powerful engine. Wrangler was the epitome of off-roading until Ford showed its true colors with the Bronco.

2021 Jeep Wrangler

The Bronco has a sumptuous cabin for a rugged exterior, something which the Jeep lags, as its interior is purely functional. Both of these SUVs have a lot of features to offer in their arsenal, but the Bronco inches a bit forward with its customization options. That’s not all if Jeep brings in the V8 for 2021, the tide might turn toward the Wrangler, but until then, it’s Bronco all the way.

2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner might seem as though an outsider in this comparison, with an expensive price tag, and with even lesser power figures to match it. But trust us, when we say, that it can hold its own.

2021 Toyota 4Runner

Whereas the 2021 Bronco is a pure offroad SUV, the 4Runner, on the other hand, seems like a more practical daily-driving SUV. The 4Runner has the best interior dimensions, and the looks to match it as well. All in all the Toyota 4Runner feels responsible on the road, whereas the 2021 Bronco is aggressive in its approach.

2021 Ford Bronco Final Verdict

Ford has successfully exceeded the expectations of Bronco lovers all at once with its much-anticipated launch. Having said that, we expect the 2021 Ford Bronco to reach dealerships across the US towards the end of Spring. Furthermore, the preview booking slots have also opened for the 2021 Ford Bronco as of this month.​ Having said that, Ford has intricately sought ought what today’s generation is looking for in an off-road SUV, and has brought about those changes to its aged Bronco. With segment-leading power figures, expected better fuel efficiency, and rugged looks to match them, there isn’t a better choice than the 2021 Ford Bronco. It ticks all of the boxes as it is.

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When can I order a 2021 Ford Bronco?

With Ford revealing the 2021 Bronco in July, we can start expecting it to arrive at dealerships sometime at the end of this year. The delay in booking can be because of the looming COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, with demand at an all-time high, Ford needs to buck up its production to meet the demand. All these factors have a gross outcome on when you can order your 2021 Bronco.

Will the 2021 Ford Bronco have a V8?

The original Ford Bronco did have a V8 back then in the 80s and 90s. But despite that, the 2021 Ford Bronco won't be borrowing a V8 from its predecessor, instead, it is set to borrow the same 2.3L EcoBoost engine from the Ford Ranger, and also a seemingly more powerful 2.7L V6. Moreover, having an EcoBoost can help the Bronco ramp up the torque as quickly as the V8 did back then.

What are the different trims on offer with the 2021 Ford Bronco?

The 2021 Ford Bronco comes in over 7 trims. These are namely BASE, BIG BEND, BLACK DIAMOND, OUTER BANKS, BADLANDS, WILDTRAK, and FIRST EDITION. The plethora of features are divided into these 7 trims quite strategically. The BASE starts at $28,500, and it goes all the way up to $63,500 for the top-most trim.

How many generations has the Ford Bronco been through?

Ford Bronco over the years has been through over 6 generations, starting from 1966 with its 1st generation to its latest and hotly anticipated 2021 model year.

Will the new Bronco have a removable top?

The 2021 Ford Bronco is available in both 2-door and 4-door models. It will sport both a removable roof and removable doors, just like its off-roading counterpart, the Jeep Wrangler.