2021 Ford Bronco Sport

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Updated on: April 12, 2021

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The Ford Bronco sport is a compact SUV that’s off-road capable and also capable of doing urban duties neatly. The Bronco Sport is roughly the size of a Ford Escape as it shares the same platform. The range kickstarts from $26,820 with the AWD system offered as standard. The Sport is powered by a 1.5L turbocharged engine good for 181 hp and a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that puts out 245 horsepower.

The 1.5L power unit of the 2021 Bronco Sport puts out as much as 191 lb-ft of torque. Even the exteriors and interiors of the 2021 Bronco sport come feature loaded. In this review, we shall explore the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport inside-out and see if it is any good and also compare it against its rivals such as Jeep Renegade Sport, Subaru Forester, and Toyota Rav4 LE.

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Pros

AWD is offered as standard

Two engines to choose from

Proper off-roading credentials unlike other crossovers

Cons

Towing capacity lower than Escape

Smaller three-cylinder engine is low on refinement

What's New?

An all-new model for 2021


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26660

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

91

horsepower

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

190 lb.-ft.. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

8-speed Automatic w/overdrive

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

172.7 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

70.2 in.

curb weight

3467 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

105.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

65.2 cu ft.

maximum towing capacity

2000

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Ford Bronco Sport Review video
2021 Ford Bronco Sport Exterior video

Trims

Base $26,660 onwards

181 hp @ 6000 rpm | 1.5 L | Inline 3 | Regular unleaded

  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • AM/FM Stereo, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • LED Configurable Daytime Running Lamps
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning
  • Single-Zone Manual Climate Control

Big Bend $28,160 onwards

181 hp @ 6000 rpm | 1.5 L | Inline 3 | Regular unleaded

  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • Premium Cloth Seat Trim
  • Retractable Side View Mirrors
  • Wiper blade defroster

Outer Banks $32,160 onwards

181 hp @ 6000 rpm | 1.5 L | Inline 3 | Regular unleaded

  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Front Air Conditioning, Dual Zone Automatic
  • Leather Seat trim
  • LED Signature Daytime Running Lamps
  • Parking Assist
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers

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Colors and Styles

2021 Ford Bronco Sport in Nero Carbonio Metallic color 2021 Ford Bronco Sport in Ceramic Silver Metallic color 2021 Ford Bronco Sport in Oxford White color 2021 Ford Bronco Sport in Shadow Black color
Nero Carbonio Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


"The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has composed handling on and off road, solid engine performance, and easy-to-use features, but it also has cramped rear seats and some cheap cabin materials." - Cars.USnews

Priced at a range of $26,820 for the base spec trim and going all the way up to $38,500 for the high-end trim, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport offers a powerful 1.5L Ecoboost engine or a 2.0L Ecoboost engine as its options. All its five trims come with the AWD drivetrain as standard. Mated with 8-speed automatic transmission, the 1.5L engine offering puts out 180 hp and 191lb-ft of torque, that's a lot for a 1.5Lpower unit.

On the insides, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is loaded with features, the off-roader gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, and flip-up read glasses. Even the outsides of the car are bolder and mightier than the previous iterations. Equipped with 17-inch sparkle silver wheels, LED daytime running lights, and much more, make the 2021 Bronco Sport an extremely desirable car.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUV front view
2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUV rear view

9.0/10
Pricing and Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2021 Ford Bronco Sport Pricing and Features

9.0/10

" Completely new for the 2021 model year, the Bronco Sport joins the EcoSport and Escape in Ford's crossover lineup." - Motortrend

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is offered across 5 trim levels and with 2 engine options. The first three trims come with a 1.5L Ecoboost engine while the top two trims are powered by a larger 2.0L Ecoboost engine and all the trims come with an AWD system as standard. Prices for the Bronco Sport start at around $26,820 for the base spec trim and climb up to $38,500 for the top-of-the-line First Edition trim level. Standard equipment offered with Base trim includes 17-inch sparkle silver wheels, LED daytime running lights, floodlights, flip-up rear glass, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, and much more. 

2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUV third-quarter view

The Bronco Sport Badlands comes with a larger 2-liter engine and is an off-road-focused trim of the Bronco Sport and is priced at $32,820. This trim gets an advanced AWD unit with a twin-clutch at the rear and off-roading tuned suspension. It also gets additional features like front tow hooks, black rack side roof rails amongst other things. The top-of-the-line trim is called the First Edition and is priced at $38,500. The Bronco Sport First Edition is a limited run trim and gets features like a premium 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, heated seats with premium leather trim, reverse sensing system and the list is simply endless.

Model

Bronco Sport Base

Bronco Sport Big Bend

Bronco Sport Outer Banks

Bronco Sport Badlands

Bronco Sport First Edition

MSRP(4x4l)

$26,820

$28,320

$32,320

$32,820

$38,500

Key Features

Automatic emergency braking

Adds/upgrades to the previous trim:

Adds/upgrades to the previous trim:

Adds/upgrades to the previous trim:

Adds/upgrades to the previous trim:

 

17-inch sparkle silver wheels

17 inch carbonized gray painted high gloss aluminum wheels

18-inch machined-face aluminum ebony black-painted wheels

17 inch carbonized gray painted with pocket wheels

17 inch Ebony black-painted aluminum wheels

 

Carbon black active grille with black Bronco badge

Carbonized gray active grille with white Bronco badge

Black active grille with white Bronco badge

Unique active grille with white Bronco badge

Carbonized gray active grille with black Bronco badge

 

LED configurable daytime running lights

LED fog lamps

Rain-sensing wipers

Unique black roof rack side rails

Roof rack crossbars

 

Floodlights

Heated side-view mirrors


 

Shadow black roof

Metal bash plated

Power moonroof

 

Manual liftgate

Electronic automatic temperature control with rear air duct

LED signature lighting

Front tow hooks

Bang & Olufsen 10 speaker audio system with subwoofer

 

Flip-up rear glass

SiriusXM Satellite radio

Dual-zone electronic automatic climate control

Off-road suspension

First Edition premium leather-trimmed seats with mini-perforation

 

Single-zone manual climate control

A voice-activated touchscreen navigation system

Interior ambient lighting

Advanced 4x4 with a twin-clutch rear drive unit

Wireless charging pad

 

Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system with 6 speakers

 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

Reverse sensing system

 

An 8-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system

 

Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls

   
 

Apple Carplay and Android Auto

 

Leather-trimmed seats with mini perforation

   
 

6-way manually adjustable driver and 4-way adjustable passenger seats

 

8-way power-adjustable driver and six-way power-adjustable front passenger seats

   

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUV side view

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Buying Advice

Out of the 5 trims that are there on offer, we think that the base spec trim makes the most sense. It gets a long list of features, priced well, and gets you pretty much everything that you would want in an SUV from this segment. This is the very first model year of the Bronco Sport so buying a used one would be an issue.


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2021 Ford Bronco Sport Engine and Performance

8.0/10

"The Bronco Sport effectively imitates its bigger brother, with rugged styling and some trail-rated abilities." - Caranddriver

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport comes with a 1.5 L, turbocharged, 3 cylinder Ecoboost engine as standard. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission unit and all the trims come with a 4x4 drivetrain configuration as standard. The power plant makes 181 horses and delivers 190 lb-ft of torque, quite some power for a 1.5L power unit. 

2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUV engine

There is another larger power unit on offer as well. The 2L, turbocharged, Ecoboost 4 cylinder engine makes 245 horses and 275 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and comes with an advanced 4x4 with twin-clutch rear drive unit configuration.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUV right side view

The Subaru Forester is the second-fastest SUV in the competition. The Forester is the only other SUV other than the Bronco Sport that gets all-wheel drive as standard and that helps it to go from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds and do quarter-mile in about 16.5 seconds. Of course, the Bronco Sport is the fastest of the lot.

Models

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Base

Jeep Renegade Sport

Subaru Forester

Toyota RAV4 LE

MSRP

$26,820

$23,775

$24,495

$25,900

Engine

1.5 liter, turbocharged, 3 cylinder

2.4 liter, naturally aspirated, 4 cylinder

2.5 liter, naturally aspirated, 4 cylinder

2.4 liter, naturally aspirated. 4 cylinder

Drivetrain

4x4

FWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9 speed automatic

CVT

8 speed automatic

Power (hp@rpm)

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque (lb-ft@rpm)

190 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

175 @ 3900rpm

176 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.5 sec

9 sec

8.5 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.3 sec

17.2 sec

16.5 sec

16.6 sec

Top Speed (mph)

NA

115 mph

117 mph

130 mph

60-0 MPH (in feet)

NA

126 mph

118 mph

124 mph

Ford Bronco Sport is the only three-cylinder engine-powered SUV in this comparison but the performance is quite comparable. The Toyota RAV4 is the most powerful SUV on the lot. The RAV4 uses a 2.4 liter 4 barrel engine that makes 203 horses and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Subaru Forester and the Jeep Renegade make 182 hp and 180 hp respectively which is roughly the same as the Bronco.


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2021 Ford Bronco Sport Fuel Economy

"However, on our 115-mile mixed-driving test route, the Bronco Sport returned an average of 26.6 mpg. That's good considering the EPA's estimate but not very high for the class." - Edmunds

It is in this aspect that the Ford Bronco fails to deliver as per the standards of its segment. However, given its staggering performance that makes up for this aspect, the offering of fuel efficiency by the Ford Bronco isn't that bad either.

With a deliverance of 21 mpg in the city and an mpg of 26 on the highway, the 2021 Ford Bronco delivers as much as 23 mpg as its combined reading. Further, fitted with a 16-gallon fuel tank gives it the edge to deliver an equivalent range as compared to that of the competitors.

Model

Ford Bronco Sport Base

Jeep Renegade Sport

Subaru Forester

Toyota RAV4 LE

MPG (City)

21

22

26

26

MPG (Highway)

26

30

33

35

MPG (Combined)

23

25

29

30

Fuel Capacity 

16

12.7

16.6

14.5

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

NA

266/368/317

432/548/481

337/508/435

Despite being the most powerful car of the lot, the Toyota RAV4 manages to deliver the maximum fuel economy numbers. The RAV4 goes for 26 miles in the city and 35 miles on the highway on a single gallon of fuels and ends up getting the segment's highest combined fuel economy rating of 30 mpg.


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2021 Ford Bronco Sport Interior

"Inside, the Bronco Sport boasts an attractive design and a plethora of popular features. " - Caranddriver

The interiors of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport can be best described as functional and practical. Ford has built a no-nonsense cabin for the Bronco Sport. To highlight the rugged nature of the SUV, Ford has used durable materials on the inside. Everything seems so sturdy and so robust and that essentially leaves no area to complain. However, the color combination feels a bit dull and we would have appreciated it if Ford had used slightly bright colors on the inside.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUV rear seat

The amount of space on the inside is plentiful. The boxy shape of the SUV gives an additional few inches on the headroom which comes in handy for tall passengers. The amount of shoulder and legroom on both the rows of seats is also good and even tall people would not have any problem fitting themselves in. Overall, the interiors of the Bronco are a nice place to be in.

Model

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Base

Jeep Renegade Sport

Subaru Forester

Toyota RAV4 LE

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.5/57.3/42.4

39.5/56.8/41.2

40.2/58.2/43.3

39.5/57.8/41.0

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

41.7/55.6/36.9

39.5/56.8/41.2

36.9/57.2/39.4

39.5/56.4/37.8

The Ford has the maximum headroom on offer compared to all the other SUVs in the competition. On the other hand, the Subaru Forester offers the maximum amount of shoulder and legroom in the segment. Standard entertainment features offered with the Bronco Sport include Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system. The system comes with:

  • 8-inch touchscreen display 
  • Android Auto & Apple Carplay
  • AppLink
  • 911 Assist
  • FordPass Connect, and
  • AM/FM stereo

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport basic SUV cockpit area
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2021 Ford Bronco Sport basic SUV cargo area
2021 Ford Bronco Sport basic SUV cockpit area

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Exterior

9.0/10

"While its wheelbase is shorter than the Escape, the baby Bronco has an upright seating position and a decent amount of rear-seat legroom. " - Caranddriver

In a world where SUVs are becoming curvy and elegant and adopting aerodynamic shapes to reduce drag for maximizing fuel economy, the 2021 Bronco Sport retains the classic boxy SUV shape and stands out of the crowd. The SUV has a large beefy front end with BRONCO inscribed in the center of the grille. The car has a strong shoulder line with humps on the bonnet and has got large wheel arches. 

2021 Ford Bronco Sport SUV third-quarter view

It looks tough and rugged and intimidating. It has got a commanding stance and sure will turn heads around while driving down the roads. The car looks modern and yet has a retro touch to it and that just reminds you of the legendary old-school boxy Bronco.

Model

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Base

Jeep Renegade Sport

Subaru Forester

Toyota RAV4 LE

Curb Weight 

3467

3210

3449

3370

Length 

172.7

166.6

182.1

180.9

Width 

74.3

74.2

71.5

73.0

Height 

70.2

66.5

67.5

67.0

Ground Clearance 

8.7

7.9

8.7

8.4

Wheelbase 

105.1

101.2

105.1

105.9

At 70.2 inches, the Bronco is the tallest vehicle in the competition and also has the best in segment ground clearance of 8.7 inches. The Jeep is the widest while the Subaru happens to the longest car in the competition.


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2021 Ford Bronco Sport basic SUV front view
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2021 Ford Bronco Sport basic SUV front view
2021 Ford Bronco Sport basic SUV left side view

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Safety

8.0/10

"Every Bronco Sport comes standard with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams as part of the Co-Pilot 360 active safety suite" - Motor1

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has not yet been tested by the NHTSA and the IIHS. With that said, Ford Escape has been thoroughly tested by the agencies and received an overall rating of 5 stars from NHTSA and as the platform is the same, we expect the Bronco Sport to pass the crash tests with flying colors too.

The Bronco Sport comes with lots of standard safety and driver assistance features and we’ve listed some of the key features below

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Roll stability control
  • Rollover sensor

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport Competition

2021 Ford Bronco Sport vs Jeep Renegade

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is pricier than the Renegade. In terms of performance, both cars seem to be on par with each other. However, the Bronco Sport looks better and has got a better charm to it. The Bronco is more utilitarian than what the Jeep Renegade is. If you can stretch your budget by a bit, we would recommend you to go for the Bronco Sport over the Renegade.

2021 Jeep Renegade

2021 Ford Bronco Sport vs Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is yet another urban crossover SUV. The Subaru is priced less than the Ford and performs better. However, Ford beats the Forester in terms of off-road kit, brand appeal, and utility features. If you ever had to choose between the two, we would recommend you to go for the Bronco Sport over the Forester.

2021 Subaru Forester

2021 Ford Bronco Sport vs Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 has long been on the market and has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the segment. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is cheaper than the Bronco Sport and offers more power and performance than the Ford. In terms of quality and reliability too, Toyota is on par with Ford. The competition is a bit tough here but we still think that Bronco Sport has an upper hand in this competition.

2021 Toyota RAV4

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport Final Verdict

Ford has revived a legend and has done it the right way. The 2021 Bronco Sport is indeed a great proposition and does well on all fronts. It is priced well, it has got good power, it is spacious and rugged on the inside and it looks intimidating and stylish on the outside and yet manages to retain its retro charm. If you are in the market looking for a compact SUV then you should go out there and buy the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport FAQs

What powers the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport?

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport comes two engines to offer, a 1.5L 3 cylinder engine and a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine.

How much power does the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport generate?

For its 1.5L 3 cylinder engine option, the Bronco sport delivers 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. For the high-end 2.0L 4cylinder engine, the 2021 Bronco churns out 245 hp and 275lb-ft of torque.

At what price will the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport be made available?

The starting price for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is $26,820

How is the Cargo space offering of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport?

The maximum cargo space offering of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is as much as 65.2 cubic feet.

How is the warranty offering of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport?

The warranty offering of the 2021 Ford Bronco includes the following package: 

  • New Vehicle Limited Warranty - 3 years / 36,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  • Powertrain warranty - 5 years / 60,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  • Corrosion warranty - 5 years / regardless of mileage
  • Safety restraint warranty - 5 years / 60,000 miles (whichever comes first). Ford offers a Safety restraint warranty on a lot of vehicles so we expect it to be on this one too.

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