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2021 Ford Bronco Review - Trims, Prices, Release Date, Performance, Features, And Rivals Comparison

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October 29, 2020 at 04:17 PM

The iconic "BRONCO" nameplate has finally made a comeback after 25 long years. It upholds a modern form factor, yet carries forward the same American vigor as yesteryears. Ford Bronco starts at an MSRP of $28,500 and comes in 3 body styles and 2 powertrain options including a 2.7L V6. The 2021 Ford Bronco will be available in dealerships near you by Spring 2021 but the Bronco Sport will be made available earlier, by 2020-end.

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Dearborn based global automaker Ford dropped a bomb on 13th July 2020 with the Bronco lineup. As anticipated, Ford has launched the Bronco as a brand targeting the segment's undisputed Lord, the Jeep Wrangler. Under the Bronco brand, Ford has launched 3 body styles that include: Bronco 2-door, 4-door, and Bronco Sport. The 2021 Ford Bronco also comes with a hotly-anticipated Sasquatch Package and a wide list of 6 trim levels. 


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2021 Ford Bronco 2-door; 4-door and Sport (Left to Right)

The Bronco line-up is placed well within an accessible price range of $28,500-$63,500. The full-sized Bronco will be available with a 2.3L Ecoboost inline-4 or a 2.7L Ecoboost V6. These engines will be mated to either a 7-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic. Moreover, the outright MPG figures to be delivered from these engines are still under tight wrap by Ford. Technology also turns a new leaf with it getting the latest SYNC 4 system as well.

2021 Ford Bronco

Model Specs

MSRP Range (2-Door)

$28,500 - $59,305

MSRP Range (4-Door)

$33,200 - $63,500

Release Date

2020-end (for Ford Bronco Sport) and Spring 2021 (for the other 2 body styles)

Engine

2.3L Ecoboost inline-4 / 2.7L Ecoboost V6

Transmission

7-Speed Manual / 10-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

AWD

Trims

7 trims - Base / Big End / Black Diamond / Outer Banks / Badlands / Wildtrak / First Edition

Colors

10 Exterior shades - Shadow Black / Rapid Red / Race Red / Cyber Orange / Cactus Gray / Area51 / Antimatter / Carbonized Gray / Iconic Silver / Summit White

Changes

All-new model for 2021

The lineup looks very similar to that of the Jeep Wrangler and Bronco looks to take down the market share of Jeep Wrangler with a clean swipe. The Bronco Sport is the “baby Bronco” with all the traditional vibes offered in a smaller and subtle package. The only true competition for this bad boy is the age-old Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner.

What are the trims and features of the 2021 Ford Bronco?

The 2021 Ford Bronco starts from $28,500 for the base 2-door model and $33,200 for the base 4-door. This aligns perfected with what we had expected and we truly believe that its serious value for money for what the 2021 Bronco has to offer. The 2021 Bronco is offered with 6 varying trim levels with distinctive names such as Black Diamond and Badlands to a limited reserved First Edition trim.

Trim

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

The feature-list is strategically placed around to expected customized User preferences. Apart from the base prices and trim levels, Ford has also listed an array of accessories and add-on packages to build your own Bronco. This gives it a much-appreciated uniqueness and also amplifies its practicality and off-roading potential as per the additions.

The Ford Bronco Badlands in its natural habitat

Plus for the price it is offered, it is literally a fully-fledged steal. There are about 5 package options available which also includes the Standard on and comes loaded with creature comfort, safety, and off-road-ready features.

Package

Standard 

Mid

High

Lux

Sasquatch

Trims

All trim levels

  • BIG BEND

  • BLACK DIAMOND

  • BADLANDS

  • OUTER BANKS

  • BADLANDS

  • WILDTRAK

  • OUTER BANKS

  • BADLANDS

  • WILDTRAK

All trim levels

Features

LED headlamps

Ambient footwell lighting

12-inch touchscreen system

Adaptive Cruise control

35-inch Mud-Terrain tires

 

Push-button start

Heated front seats

360-degree camera

B&O Surround sound system

17-inch Black aluminum Beadlock wheels

 

Black door handles

Dual-zone automatic temperature control

LED approach spotlight

Evasive Steering Assist

Bilstein shock absorbers

 

 

SYNC 4 with Enhanced Voice Recognition

Forward Sensing system

Wireless charging pad

High-clearance fender flares

 

 

Ford Co-Pilot360

 

2 additional smart-charging USB ports

 

 

 

Remote Start System

 

heated steering wheel

 

With the hotly anticipated Sasquatch Package being availed as an optional extra on all trims, Ford really is inspired enough to cater to the masses. Apart from this, the Lux package also proves to be an added accessory with loads of extra creature comforts equipped within.


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What are the engine and gearbox options of the 2021 Ford Bronco?

The 2021 Ford Bronco gets a 2.3L EcoBoost unit, from the Ford Ranger as standard. The 2.7L V6 from the Ford F-150 or the Ford Edge ST will also be offered as an option that pumps out 310 hp and 400 lb-ft. The 2-door and the 4-door Broncos are based on the Ford Ranger which explains the shared powertrains. Having said that, the 2021 Bronco is also expected to bring in the Ranger's respected MPG figures to the mix. The Bronco Sport, on the other hand, is underpinned by the same platform as the Ford Escape.

The "Bring it on!" powertrain setup of 2021 Bronco

Bronco Sport also gets a limited reserved "First Edition" equipped with a 1.5L and 2.0L EcoBoost engines that are rated at 181 hp/ 191 lb-ft and 245 hp/ 275 lb-ft respectively, which to no one's surprise is already sold out! Transmissions for the Bronco and Bronco Sport include an interesting 7-Speed Getrag Manual transmission for the 2.3L engine along with an optional 10-Speed Automatic transmission.

The optional 2.7L V6 also gets the option to choose between the two. Another impressive addition in the new Bronco is its Adaptive Terrain Management Technology with an impressive 7-driver selectable drive mode that includes- Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, and Sand, with Baja, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl for serious off-roading. There isn't a place where the Bronco can't go!

Model

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 Toyota 4Runner

MSRP

$33,385

$31,795

$36,340

Engine

2.7L EcoBoost V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

4.0L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

RWD

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

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

The 2021 Ford Bronco can even two up to 2200 lbs. of weight as standard and even more with the available Trailer package. Performance is impressive in the Ford Bronco, citing the fact that it is the only turbocharged off-roader of this bunch. This gives it a huge advantage over the naturally aspirated units of both the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner. But that's not it, with rumors milling about a new V8 in the 2021 Wrangler, the tide might as well turn back in favor of the Jeep Wrangler.

How quickly can the 2021 Ford Bronco Accelerate from zero to 60 MPH?

The Bronco’s exceptional off-roading capabilities make it an even quicker vehicle on the tarmac. Ford clearly intended to make it a nimble-footed SUV and that has paid off well as the SUV returns impressive acceleration off the line. So much so, it takes only 5.9 seconds to reach the 60 MPH mark from a standstill.

The quarter-mile run time is also notable at 14.2 seconds which puts it way ahead of its competition. Top speed is at 130 mph and it is justifiable because of its rather tall-riding stance which can make it light-footed at higher speeds. But 130 mph is fast enough, enough to leave its arch-nemesis behind very soon!

Model

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 Toyota 4Runner

0-60 mph

5.9 secs

7.6 secs

7.3 secs

Quarter Mile

14.2 secs

16.0 secs

15.3 secs

Top Speed

130 mph 122 mph 134 mph

In comparison to others, the 2021 Bronco places itself way ahead. Toyota 4Runner manages to surpass the top speed by a margin but that doesn't cause much of a fiddle between this bunch, as top speeds are of the least importance in SUVs that are made to get their shoes dirty. Toque is ample for the Bronco, which evidently shows its edge over the others in terms of acceleration.

What are the expected MPG figures for the 2021 Ford Bronco?

If you do the math here while assuming it has some mechanical components from the Ford Ranger, it’s most likely to end up returning similar fuel economy numbers. The 2021 Ford Bronco will return 21 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. That said, well, this is some deep speculation area we are treading on as neither Ford nor EPA has given us anything yet in terms of Bronco's fuel efficiency.

Ford Bronco's Sand Mode at work

The EcoBoost engine sure works its wonders here and with the extreme flexibility of terrain and drive modes, the Bronco is expected to fare much more efficiently than any of its competitors. It gets a moderately sized 18-gallon fuel tank which is enough to fulfill your cravings for the roads less traveled.

Model

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 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) (mi.)

378/ 468/ 414

 298/ 438/ 332

391/ 483/ 414

Even if Ford decides to give it more power, expect mild-hybrid systems aiding in lesser fuel consumption (Perks of being part of the 21st century). Also, the Bronco Sport will be returning a combined fuel economy of 30 MPG or thereabouts due to its toned-down character. Still, this is an early assumption on the fuel-efficiency front and we’ll have to wait for the EPA to confirm in the exact MPG figures of all three body types.


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What are the interior features of the 2021 Ford Bronco? 

The interiors of the Bronco strays away from most of the Fords we are familiar with. It is both luxurious and rugged, has a big infotainment touchscreen display garnished with rugged hard to touch plastic. The boxy design language is carried over in the cabin as well with the dashboard designed solely with the intent of practicality. The best part, with rubberized floors and drain valves on the inside, each and every panel inside the cabin can be washed down, after having a good old off-roading diversion.

Rugged yet comfortable interior made to embrace the forces of nature

Coming to the seating area, as the 4-door version is predominantly wider than the 2-door version. It can seat in 2 average-sized adults in the back, and that too in comfort with enough amount of shoulder-room still left. The 2021 Ford Bronco is technology-rich with numerous features added to aid you in driving this icon across any possible surface. The instrument cluster is a fully digital unit and gets seamlessly integrated into either of the available infotainment systems. The top of its dashboard gets various mount points to set up your devices for the trails.

Model

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 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

Second 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

Cargo-wise too, the Bronco has a good 29.5 cu.ft of trunk space, as compared to the Wrangler's 12.9 cubic feet. But the real victor is the 4Runner, which is miles ahead when compared to the rest of the segment. Both the 2-door and 4-door models of the Bronco are equipped with the same interior layout to expect for the Bronco Sport which gets a "softer" cabin that is inclined more towards comfort and coziness of its occupants. Jeep Wrangler also follows a similar layout but the Bronco is already miles ahead of the Wrangler in terms of feature listing. Various creature comfort features in the 2021 Ford Bronco are:

  • Silicon rubber-based interior trimming
  • Waterproof marine-grade interior upholstery
  • Integrated grab handles in the dashboard
  • First-Gen inspired instrument cluster
  • Console mount pad on the dashboard
  • Numerous 12V power outlets
  • Rubberized flooring with drainplugs

What are the infotainment features on offer in the 2021 Bronco?

Ford has equipped the 2021 Bronco with a standard 8-inch LCD touchscreen unit which runs on the latest SYNC 4 user interface. Ford also offers an optional 12-inch LCD unit that gets over the air support and easy integration with the FordPass Performance App, which comes as standard in the 2021 Ford Bronco.

Comes pre-loaded with trail maps from NeoTreks AccuTerra Maps

Another impressive feature of the infotainment system in the Bronco is its immensely retailed map data which even includes off-roading ones, with over 1,000 trial maps across the country, a handy feature for all the off-roading purists out there. Most of the instrument cluster is also an LCD unit with a tachometer at the far right. These displays are most probably the most fragile components inside the new Bronco! Notable infotainment features in the 2021 Ford Bronco are:

  • Standard 8-inch LCD touchscreen unit
  • Optional 12-inch infotainment display
  • Steering wheel mounted infotainment controls
  • SYNC 4 user interface
  • FordPass Performance application integration
  • Over Topographical trail maps from NeoTreks AccuTerra Maps

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What are the various exterior features of the 2021 Ford Bronco?

People from the 1990s will be aware of, what a head-turner the Bronco was. Available in both 2-door and 4-door options, the signature SUV silhouette paired with a slightly tapering rear-end brought in a distinct curb appeal. Along the sides, it is a perfect slab of metal and is a downright boxy design. All of these get carried over with a modern twist in the 2021 Bronco and is quite the looker. Customization on the Bronco and Bronco Sport is quite easy, with those re-attachable flared fenders and a removable roof and door panels.

2021 Bronco with 1965 Bronco

The definitive geometry of squares and rectangles has been applied on a lot of surfaces across the Bronco as well. It gets removable doors and roof which will put it directly in line with its biggest rival, the Jeep Wrangler. Simpletons can choose the "baby Bronco" if fiddling with machines is not their thing. But no matter the body style, the 2021 Bronco is surely a nostalgic trip.

Model

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 Toyota 4Runner

Curb Weight (lbs.)

N/A

4,277

4,675

Length (in.)

190.5

184.9

190.2

Width (in.)

76.3

73.7

75.8

Height (in.)

73.9

72.6

71.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.9

10.6

9.6

Wheelbase (in.)

116.1

116.0

109.8

Both the Bronco and Bronco Sport are very much boxy and the taillights resemble the letter "B" that stands for Bronco. Bronco also gets a tailgate-mounted spare tire layout, which again, improves its rugged appeal. Toyota 4Runner looks rather bland in front of both these purpose-built machines. The now-discontinued Toyota FJ Cruiser would have fared perfectly with this bunch. Various exterior features of 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

What are the safety features in the 2021 Ford Bronco?

Being based on the tried and tested platforms from Ford, the Bronco and Bronco Sport will certainly offer reassurance to its occupants when it comes to the safety aspect. Since the NHTSA and IIHS have given good regards to the Ranger and the Escape, expect the same or even better safety scores for the off-road-ready Bronco.

LED Projector headlamps provide impressive illumination

Various crawl features along with added LED lighting is standard across the line-up for the Bronco to feel at home on the trails. Reliability will never be a questioning factor for the 2021 Bronco and its advanced 4WD technology along with G.O.A.T modes for terrains, the Bronco has got you safe and sound at all times. Notable safety features in the 2021 Ford Bronco are:

  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
  • AdvanceTrac with 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+

When will the 2021 Ford Bronco launch and should you go for it?

The Ford Bronco was revealed on 13th July and Ford had partnered with ABC, ESPN, and Nat Geo to broadcast the unveil of this iconic machine. But getting hands on one of these will have to wait a bit longer as the new Bronco will hit Ford dealerships only in the Spring of 2021.

2021 Ford Bronco 2-door with 1965 Bronco Truck

The Bronco was an iconic offering from Ford that sadly had to be written off due to very narrow interests. But situations have changed now and consumers want a Go-Anywhere car more than ever. Modern technological implementations along with the nostalgic recap that the Bronco holds make it the most desirable SUV to wait for in 2021 and a serious threat for the Jeep Wrangler.


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2021 Ford Bronco FAQs

When will the Ford Bronco launch?

The 2021 Ford Bronco has been unveiled on 13th July 2021 and will be available at Ford dealerships starting from Spring 2021.

What is the price of the 2021 Ford Bronco?

The base 2-door Ford Bronco is priced at $28,500 and the base 4-door at $33,200. These will be equipped with a 2.3L EcoBoost engine coupled to either a 7-Speed Manual or a 10-Speed Automatic gearbox.

What is the warranty on the 2021 Ford Bronco?

The 2021 Ford Bronco offers an impressive warranty package that includes:

  • Bumper to Bumper: 3 years / 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 years / 60,000 miles
  • Safety Restraint System: 5 years / 60,000 miles
  • Corrosion (Perforation only): 5 years / Unlimited miles
  • Roadside Assistance Program: 5 years / 60,000 miles

Can the 2021 Ford Bronco be flat towed?

Yes, the 2021 Ford Bronco can be flat towed and was officially conveyed by Mike Levine, Ford's Head of Communication. He also confirmed that all there body types will be competent in the same and would not cause any harm to the chassis.

What is the towing capacity of the 2021 Ford Bronco?

The 2021 Ford Bronco can tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds with the available Class 2 Trailer Tow Package and up to 2,200 pounds in the standard configuration.

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