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2021 Ford Bronco Review: Price, Specs, Features, Performance, MPG, and Rivals

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John Bedrow

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July 17, 2020 at 05:32 AM

Ford’s most iconic SUV is all set to make a comeback to bring in some of that old-world charm back into the 21st century. Yes, the Ford Bronco nameplate returns with innovative features, impressive off-road abilities, athletic handling, revamped interior layout, and a much appreciable manual transmission option, and many nostalgic details. 

You can definitely expect a tour through the retro period of SUVs in the new 2021 Ford Bronco. There are three options available in the 2021 line-up, the convertible, two-door, and four-door body styles. The new Ford Bronco is a rugged off-roader through and through with all-terrain abilities, highly capable chassis and powertrain, and a range of interior features which makes it even more appealing.

The original Bronco project of 66’ featured a V8 engine option. The latest model will not get a V8 engine but is expected to get two engine options, the 2.3-Liter turbocharged inline-4 and a 2.7-Liter twin-turbo V6. The V6 is expected to churn out around 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft. of torque. The American automaker has confirmed that the Bronco will get a hybrid powertrain in the future. The biggest old-school highlight has to be the manual transmission which puts it in an elite group of off-roaders that can boast of having a stick shift in 2021.

2021 Ford Bronco represents the revival of the iconic SUV from the 60s

The cabin of the new Bronco represents the best possible blend of old-world charm with the best of modern technology with Ford’s innovative feature list, a built-in top rack, 12-volt power outlets, vinyl wrapped seats for easy cleaning, overhead set of auxiliary toggles to mimic auxiliary controls from the vehicles back in the 60s and many such details that make this SUV a wholesome package. We expect the cabin to accommodate 5 people with ease and expect a range of latest infotainment and connectivity options.

What's new with the 2021 Ford Bronco:

  • All-new for 2021
  • New engine

What to expect in the engine department of the 2021 Ford Bronco?

The new 2021 Ford Bronco includes two engine options, first is the 2.3-Liter turbocharged EcoBoost inline-4 engine which is also found under the hood of the outgoing Mustang makes around 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque and the 2.7-Liter, twin-turbo V6 engine will be powering the higher trims which is expected to put out around 310 ponies and 400 lb-ft. of torque. The Bronco will feature powerful engine options with exceptional off-road capabilities.

Ford's 2.3L Ecoboost

Ford has also confirmed that the new Bronco will get a hybrid powertrain. Best-in-class performance can be expected to form the new Ford Bronco. Also, you get to choose between a 10-speed Automatic and a 7-speed manual which is highly appreciated in the latest line-up. While the performance part of the Bronco is covered, the reliability part isn't gonna cause any troubles either, and even if it does, it won't be a lot of trouble. It's a Ford after all.

Model

2021 Ford Bronco

2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Toyota 4Runner

MSRP

$32,500

$31,545

$36,285

Engine

2.3L Turbocharged Inline-4

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

4.0L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

4WD

RWD

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

5-Speed Automatic

Power

270 hp @ 5,500 RPM

285 hp @ 6,400 RPM

270 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

310 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

278 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

The new Ford Bronco SUV faces tough competition from Jeep Wrangler which has been offering a similar experience that the Bronco is aiming for, for a long time. The aforementioned table clearly shows that the Wrangler features a larger engine than the Bronco but falls short in terms of outright performance. The twin-turbo in the Bronco is a really effective and elegant solution. The Toyota 4Runner is an outstanding option as well that offers an amazing bang for your buck.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Ford Bronco give?

High-performance, purpose-built off-road SUVs such as the Bronco aren’t really purchased for their fuel efficiency. With the torquey engines and heavyweight, combined with a plethora of off-road gear and big tires, it's hard to make them frugal, but Ford is trying to give the best possible results in this field by equipping the Bronco with the cleverly designed, state of the art engines at their disposal.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport will be the top-of-the-line

The 2021 Ford Bronco will expectedly deliver 21 MPGs in the city and 26MPGs out on the highway. While neither Ford nor the EPA has released fuel economy numbers for the 2021 Ford Bronco, these numbers have been taken by keeping in mind the other Ford models with the same engine. New innovative solutions for the latest 2021 line-up sure play a pivotal role in improving the overall economy of the car. The 2021 Ford Bronco is expected to deliver an impressive range and above-average economy.

Model

2021 Ford Bronco (Expected)

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) (mi.)

378/ 468/ 414

 298/ 438/ 332

391/ 483/ 414

Also, the latest Bronco is expected to house innovative features that can further improve the overall fuel efficiency of the car. Both the Wrangler and the 4Runner perform worse than the Bronco when it comes to fuel economy. The Toyota manages to get a similar fuel range as the Bronco thanks to its bigger fuel tank.

What to expect from the 2021 Ford Bronco’s interior?

The cabin of the new 2021 Ford Bronco is expected to get a new layout with the best in the latest tech amenities and plush seating arrangements. Available in two or four-door configurations, soft top or hardtop, and removable body panels, the Bronco promises to deliver the same customizability and open-air feel that have been the Wrangler’s forte. The all-new Bronco gets a revamped cabin loaded with the latest tech amenities, plush seating arrangement, and connectivity features.

2021 Ford Bronco gets a removable hard-top design

Upscale interiors should provide comfortable seating with ample legroom, headroom, and shoulder room since the boxy design should free up a lot of interior room. Extended supports to keep the passengers relaxed during long ride stints. Multiple adjustments with steering mounted controls, and the overhead panel with a series of auxiliary toggles which oozes retro vibes, and many such fine touches make the interior of the new Bronco best-in-class.

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

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 46.3

The new Ford Bronco is expected to get similar interior dimensions as seen on the Jeep Wrangler. The seating capacity is expected to be 5 in the four-door variant. Ample front space is expected with vinyl wrapped seating and multiple adjustments. As for the cargo capacity, the 4 door Bronco offers 29.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity which is way better when compared to the Wrangler, however, falls short of the Toyota's 46.3 cu-ft.

2021 Ford Bronco: Infotainment and Connectivity

The latest tech amenities and connectivity features make the new Ford Bronco the best-in-class with respect to blend between performance, interior features, and latest tech amenities. The new 2021 Ford Bronco has made a comeback after decades challenging the immediate competitor, the Jeep Wrangler. Latest connectivity options including smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth wireless, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a built-in Navigation system.

2021 Ford Bronco will be equipped with a 12-inch Infotainment system

The new Ford Bronco features the latest in-dash Sync 4 with the new 8.0-inch and 12.0-inch touchscreen interface which sits in the middle of the dashboard. The setup is fully connected to the web with the latest updates, cloud connectivity, and many more. The Premium stereo system by Bang & Olufsen is expected in the latest 2021 Bronco. Some of the highlight infotainment features on offer include-

  • 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

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Ford Bronco?

The new Ford Bronco has made a comeback after decades. The initial 66’ project of the Bronco showed subtle design with a sturdy metal body and straight body style. The new 2021 Ford Bronco gets a redesign with a sportier look and muscular body. The latest line-up is offered in both two-door and four-door variants with options of hardtop and soft-top.

2021 Ford Bronco will be available in 2-door and 4-door variants

Massive tires and strong alloy wheels ensure exceptional all-terrain performance along with oozing a purpose-built look. The front of the car gets round LED headlights with a rectangle-cut grille with Bronco embossed on it. LED strip lights levels-up the modern look of the SUV. The sides get a straight structure with overhead rails and contrasting door-handles. The rear gets LED taillights, a new bumper, and a fixed spare tire.

Model

2021 Ford Bronco

2020 Jeep Wrangler

2020 Toyota 4Runner

Curb Weight (lbs.)

N/A

4,277

4,675

Length (in.)

173.7

184.9

190.2

Width (in.)

79.3

73.7

75.8

Height (in.)

78.9

72.6

71.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

11.5

10.6

9.6

Wheelbase (in.)

105.1

116.0

109.8

Ample ground clearance is expected from the Bronco to deliver exceptional all-terrain performance. Competitors like Mazda CX-5 and Toyota 4Runner are definitely lighter than the other two and get a lengthier body and wider wheelbase. All the exact exterior dimensions of the new Ford Bronco have not been released yet but we can expect it to be similar to that of the Jeep Wrangler. The new Ford Bronco is expected to get a straight body structure which means the use of plenty of flat and squared out body panels which are right along the lines of its iconic predecessor.

Will the 2021 Ford Bronco be worth it?

The all-new Ford Bronco represents the resurrection of a true American icon brought up-to-date for the modern age. With the iconic model released around the mid-’60s, the new Bronco maintains the retro vibe of the car with exceptional off-road abilities and revamped interior space. The car is expected to reach the dealership by Spring 2021 and is expected to get a starting price tag of around $29,995. 

2021 Ford Bronco will be an all-new subbrand 

In terms of performance, the 2021 Bronco drops the V8. Instead, it gets two engine options, the 2.3 L inline-4 and 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6. With an optional seven-speed manual transmission, a real feel of driving an off-road SUV is expected. The exterior dimensions are speculated to be similar to Jeep Wrangler. 

The interiors get comfortable seating, the latest infotainment range, and sporty vinyl upholstery. With a range of rubber buttons and auxiliary toggles, the retro vibe of the Bronco is intact in the 2021 model. The latest model is expected to get advanced safety options as well as driver assistance to ensure the complete safety of the passengers. Overall, the package is definitely worth the time and money with a plethora of standard features and thrilling performance.

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