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2021 Ford Bronco Sport Review: Prices, MPG, Performance and Specs

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist

July 23, 2020 at 08:24 AM

Ford has been planning the revival of one of their iconic cars – the Bronco- for a while now, and it is finally here. The Ford Bronco Sport is the baby brother of the all-new, off-road-ready Bronco which is pegged to be the rival to Jeep's smaller models. The Bronco Sport is more of an everyday vehicle than its big brother. It comes with all-wheel drive, a host of driver assists, and a spacious cabin. The price tag for the Bronco Sport starts at $26,660. It will face off against the Jeep Cherokee, Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V.

The Ford Bronco has made a comeback, and we cannot keep calm anymore! There is a lot on the palette with the new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport carrying its fanciful silhouette and Ford’s prominent safety features and steady driving. Arriving with three sleek and stylish bodies and AWD & RWD powertrains, the Ford Bronco shall make a fantastic entry at the onset of Spring 2021. 

It is the return of the legend, and this time it is returning for good! The iconic Ford Bronco that triumphed the Sports Car segment 25 years ago is reappearing with some renewed features, refurbished technology, and a new four-door version. Priced at $26,660, the sensational sports car will have the capabilities to tackle all your off-road situations. Ford has gifted its old love with more than 200 aftermarket accessories and spectacular optional features. The car’s bound to be rivaled against big names like the Jeep Cherokee, the Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V. 

What’s New with the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport?

  • All-new for 2021
  • Exclusive accessories and optional features for a custom feel
  • Mind-blowing on- and off-road tech features

What’s under the hood of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport?

Following the footsteps of Ford Escape, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport’s Base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks trim levels come equipped with a standard turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine generating a power of 181 hp @ 6000 rpm and torque generation of 190 lb.-ft @ 3000 rpm. Even if that doesn’t suffice, the Bronco Sport will offer you Badland, and First Edition trim levels, which come equipped with a more powerful turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with a power output of 245 hp @ 6000 rpm and torque output of 275 lb.-ft @ 3000 rpm. 

Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and coupled with an all-wheel-drivetrain system as a standard across the range. The two upper trims’ drivetrain has an advanced twin-clutch rear-drive unit. It provides better traction and grip that helps you push your limits further. The advanced 4 x 4 system makes the vehicle nimble, especially on loose terrain. The twin-clutch rear-drive unit enables you to pull your car out with ease if you get stuck in a muddy situation! 

Models

2021 Ford Bronco Sport (Expected)

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD 

2020 Honda CR-V 

Base MSRP

$26,660

$34,755

$35,180

$25,050

Engine

1.5L Turbocharged Inline 

3.2L V6

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

2-speed CVT

Power

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

271 hp @ 6,500 RPM

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

190 hp @ 5,600 rpm

Torque

190 lb.-ft @ 3000 rpm

239 lb.-ft @ 4,400 RPM

184 lb.-ft @ 5000 rpm

179 lb. ft @ 3,900 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

NA

7.6

7.8

9.3

Quarter Mile (seconds)

NA

16

16.6

16

Undoubtedly, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee boasts the most solid numbers when it comes to the engine, performance, and outright acceleration. Even with a turbo 4-cylinder engine, the 2021 Ford Bronco is expected to stand last. The 2021 Bronco Sport’s acceleration and quarter-mile timings have not been calculated yet.

How does the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport handle?

The Ford Bronco has been famed as the G.O.A.T. SUV, and Ford has now resurrected the car with features that aptly justifies the G.O.A.T. title that in simple terms means ‘go over any type of terrain’. Its heavily based chassis and independent suspension in both front and back give it an advantage over others, especially in off-roading. Its 17-inch all-terrain tires coupled with 1-inch suspension lift makes your ride creamy on rough terrain even on a high-end.

The off-roaders can put on their seatbelts and wait for the suspension tuning to add magic to their driving. The Bronco Sport has been re-designed for the benefit of the riders who want to embark upon the roughest and sturdiest terrains without a wrinkle on their head. Besides, the car comes outfitted with various specs like the refined twin-clutch locking differential seated at the back. The rear differential joins its hands with the seven different GOAT modes to let you sink-in the adventure and conquer the territory. 

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

While the exact fuel efficiency figures are yet to be released by Ford, we may take the liberty to speculate the data hypothetically. Powered with a 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder engine, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport will have an estimated MPG of 27 miles on a gallon of fuel in the city and 33 miles on a highway. Its fuel tank capacity hasn’t been announced yet and cannot be speculated. 

Models

2021 Ford Bronco Sport (Expected)

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD 

2020 Honda CR-V 

MPG (city)

27

18

25

28

MPG (highway)

33

24

32

34

 

MPG (combined)

29

21

27

30

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

NA

15.8

14.5

14.0

Range (city/highway) (miles)

NA

284/379

363/464

392/476

If we take the speculations to be accurate, then the Bronco Sport will be bagging the first place in the fuel economy charts while sharing its rank with the Honda CR-V. The Jeep Cherokee offers the highest fuel tank capacity of 15.8 gallons. The Honda CR-V delivers the best city and highway range in the comparison, but it is the front-wheel drivetrain.

How good is the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport ’s interior?

Dazzling with the looks of a sportier subcompact both inside and outside, the Bronco Sport is better for you in all aspects if you are looking for a less hardcore car. Talking of its interiors, the car features a hard-headed cabin that stars its SUV character. The seats are stitched with cloth upholstery that makes the cabin look more spacious and elevates its overall appearance. You also get a rubber mat on the floor, which will help you clean it with ease. 

Bronco Sports upper trims, costing extravagant amounts, shall have leather upholstery upgrading the aesthetics of the interiors. Some sources also speculate the car to have the roomiest interiors in the line of crossovers; it undoubtedly owes it to its raised roofline at the back that gives the passengers better headroom. Also, you may get a lot of cargo space with a slide-out table fitted with the cargo floor. 

Models

2021 Ford Bronco Sport (Expected)

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD 

2020 Honda CR-V 

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.1/57.3/42.4

39.4/57.6/41.1

37.7/57.8/41.0

40.1/57.9/41.3

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

41.7/55.6/36.9

38.5/55.1/40.3

39.5/56.4/37.8

39.2/55.6/40.4

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)

NA

25.8

37.7

39.2

The Honda CR-V offers the best first-row space, but Ford Bronco Sport is expected to still offer the highest legroom space in its first row. The Ford Bronco Sport has a good interior space overall. As the cargo capacity for the Ford Bronco Sport has not been provided yet, the Honda CR-V LX leads the chart with 39.2 cu.ft. of cargo volume.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport: Infotainment and Connectivity

Yes, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport comes loaded with fascinating tech inside: a tablet-like 8.0-inch touchscreen being the most prominent ones in the list. The screen dominates the dashboard and is mechanized with Ford’s SYNC 3 system which is quite different from its old SYNC 4 system. The SYNC 3 enables enhanced voice recognition communications, a mind-blowing entertainment system, and a voice-activated technology.

Ford Bronco Sport comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility along with the dual-zone automatic climate control, AppLink, 911 Assist, FordPass Connect, AM/FM stereo with 6 speakers, and part analog and part digital instrument cluster for the convenience of the driver. The upper trims will also have the SYNC 3 along with pinch-to-zoom capability mated with a voice-activated touchscreen navigation system (optional). The Badland trim will have, along with the aforementioned features, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and optional 10-speakers and subwoofers. 

How does the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport look on the outside?

Refurbishing a traditional antique with modern features and a quasi-retro exterior can be daunting. Ford does it wonderfully while keeping the grace of the legendary Ford Bronco intact. A car that is out to take off-roading to a new level is bound to have all eyes set on it from the start. Ford has kept its single-piece grille with circular headlamps the same in the renewed version. The short overhangs at the front and back make the car look like prized antiquity, and at the same time helps you get better departure angles and off-road ability.

 

Alongside this, Ford has ensured that the bodywork does not hide behind the front and back overhangs by raising it a bit. What we will miss is the tailgate-mounted spare wheel that was available in the old Bronco Sport. The vehicle boasts a quadratic structure having a crinkle on the C-pillar, just like its ancestral version. Supposedly, the car is made in the lines of the Ford Escape, but its exteriors say otherwise. Its exteriors speak for the car and shout out its off-road nature. 

Models

2021 Ford Bronco Sport (Expected)

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD 

2020 Honda CR-V 

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3600

4250

3655

3455

Length (in.)

172.7

182.0

181.5

180.6

Width (in.)

74.3

74.9

73.4

73.0

Height (in.)

69.1

67.8

68.6

66.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.0

8.7

8.6

8.2

Wheelbase (in.)

105.1

107.1

105.9

104.7

Track Width (in.) F/R

NA

63.6/63.5

62.6/63.3

62.9/63.5

Being the tallest amongst its competition, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has an appearance similar to a typical SUV. Other than that, the 2021 Bronco offers a decent ground clearance of 8 inches though it is the least amongst the competition. However, The Bronco Sports comes with a lot of upgradability compared to its rivals, and you can always opt for the lift kit that will make it a bonafide off-roader. It is also expected to be the lightest in the segment. 

Will the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport be worth your time and money?

Ford has breathed life into one of its legendary vehicles with the new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport. The rejuvenated vehicle is attractive and has been festooned with various features and tech options. Old is gold, and with the new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, you get the gold packed inside a refreshed body, an additional four-door version, and propitious features. Can you ask for more? Well, wait for Ford to release some more specifications, and then perhaps you can make your final buying decision. 

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