2021 Ford Bronco

MSRP $30,495

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8.5

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2021 Ford Bronco Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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After a hiatus of over 20 years, Ford has finally resurrected the Bronco nametag with a cool new retro styling and also comes with a 4-door body style along with the traditional 2-door. It shares its platform with the Ford Ranger’s body-on-frame chassis and continues to be an off-road-focused SUV that can function well on the tarmac as well. Add to that the removable doors, windows, and roof for both body styles, intrigues a lot of enthusiasts. 

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Pros

Iconic yet modern design

Excellent off-road capabilities with the Terrain management system

Easy to remove door and roof panels

Extensive range of customization options

A trim for fit budgets of every buyer

Cons

Manual transmission available only with the base engine

Rearward and sideward visibility is limited

Mirrors stay on even after removing the doors

What's New?

All-new model for 2021 model year

Available in both 2-door and 4-door variants

Each variant gets a distinguishingly different grille design

First Edition model limited to 3,500 units


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30495

bodystyle

4dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$30,495 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Ford Bronco in ALPINA Blue Metallic color
ALPINA 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.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.6

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.7

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


Although many purists are crossed with the lack of a growling V8 under its hood, the range of compact turbocharged engines and the modern innovative features will surely create its own fan following. With an almost endless range of customization options that fit in every budget, the 2021 Ford Bronco is expected to start at an MSRP of $29,995 for the base 2-door variant as it competes against the popular SUVs like the Jeep Wrangler, Subaru Outback, and the Toyota 4Runner in a niche yet a highly competitive off-road SUV segment. 

2021 Ford Bronco SUV front angle view
2021 Ford Bronco SUV rear angle view

8.6/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.7/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2021 Ford Bronco Features

To cater to as wide a range of audiences as possible, Ford offers the all-new Bronco with 6 different trims and a limited-run First Edition trim that is limited to just 3,500 units. Each trim is also offered with a 2-door or 4-door body style and a removable roof as an option. The G.O.A.T. terrain management system comes in as standard and an Advance Package can be added to Base through Outer Banks trims, to add more functions to the vehicle. 

Trims

Base

Big Bend

Black Diamond

Outer Banks

Badlands

Wildtrak

First Edition

MSRP (2-door)

$29,995

$34,880

$37,545

$40,450

$43,590

$48,475

$58,410

MSRP (4-door)

$34,695

$37,375

$40,040

$42,945

$46,085

$50,970

$62,605

Key Features

Manual Convertible Top

Remote Start

Daytime Running Lamps

LED headlamps and taillamps

7 G.O.A.T Modes including Rock Crawl and Baja

Modular Shadow Black-painted hardtop

Hood and Bodyside graphics

 

Spoiler-mounted solar panel

Front LED Fog Lamps

Heavy-Duty Trailering Equipment

Cloth seats with heated front row

Unique Badlands suspension

Wildtrak hood graphic

Safari bar

 

LCD Multi-Information Display

Black Leather Trim Bucket Seats

Vinyl Seat Trim

B&O Sound system

Marine-grade vinyl interiors

Trail Control

Lane Keep Assist

 

Infinity sound system

110V/150W AC Power Outlet

Rubberized flooring

18-inch black high gloss aluminum alloy wheels

Rock rails

Front and Rear Parking Assist

10-way power driver’s seat

 

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

17" Gray Aluminum Wheels

32-inch all-terrain tires

Reverse Sensing System

33-inch all-terrain tires

 

Sasquatch Package with 35-inch tires

 

Automatic Emergency Braking

           

Which trim should you buy?

It really depends on the needs of the buyers when opting for any trim of the Bronco and thus is really difficult to suggest one. If you need the Bronco for majorly adventure rides, the 2-door Black Diamond trim should suit you well. If regular usage in the city is also needed, opting for the 4-door Outer Banks should make more sense. 

2021 Ford Bronco Engine and Performance

8.6/10

The all-new 2021 Ford Bronco does not feature a V8 under its hood, unlike its predecessor. In order to be in line with the stringent emission policies and save mother earth, Ford offers two turbocharged EcoBoost engines. The base engine is a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 unit that generates 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, while the higher trims get a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 unit, generating 310 hp and 400 lb-ft. 

Both these engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and feature a 4-wheel drive drivetrain as standard. The base engine is also available with 6-speed manual transmission with an additional low-range crawler-gear ratio of 94.75:1, for efficient rock crawling requirements. Ford also offers an updated Terrain Management System with new G.O.A.T. (Go Over Any Terrain) drive modes for an improved off-road capability. 

2021 Ford Bronco SUV in acceleration mode

The drive modes include Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand, Baja, Mud, and Rock Crawl modes, while there are two types of transfer cases, as well as front and rear locking differentials on offer. Add to that the different size all-terrain tires on offer with higher trims, the Bronco can take on almost every terrain you throw it in. The fake electronically enhanced engine sound and exhaust note for the off-road modes, serve a purpose to let you know how much you're revving the engine in tricky situations. 

Model

Ford Bronco Base 4-door 

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport

Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT

Toyota 4Runner SR5

MSRP

$34,695

$33,895

$36,195

$39,315

Engine

2.3L, Turbocharged Inline-4

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated V6

2.4L, Turbocharged H-4

4.0L, Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

AWD

4WD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

6-speed manual

CVT

5-speed automatic

Power

270 hp @ 5,500 rpm

285 hp @ 6,400 rpm

260 hp @ 5,600 rpm

270 hp @ 5,600 rpm

Torque

310 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

277 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

278 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

6.5

6.6

6.3

7.7

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.1

15.0

14.8

16.0

Top Speed (mph)

123

128

130

114

Towing Capacity (lbs)

3,500

3,500

3,500

5,000

Similar to that of the Bronco, the Jeep Wrangler also offers a manual transmission which is missing on both the Subaru and Toyota. The Bronco has the highest engine output even with its base engine. The Subaru Outback employs an all-wheel-drive drivetrain while others have a 4-wheel drive on offer. The Toyota 4Runner has the highest towing capacity of 5,000 lbs as compared to 3,500 lbs offered by the three. 

How does the 2021 Ford Bronco SUV handle?

Ford has baked in many technological features to make the Bronco an exciting prospect and help it legit go anywhere you wish to take it. Similar to the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Bronco get a Trail Turn Assist function that can drag the inside rear brake of the vehicle to tighten the turning radius and allow for quick turns in tight spots, something that comes in handy when venturing off the tarmac. 

With the larger V6 engine, Ford also offers one-pedal driving which automatically holds the brakes when you lift off the accelerator pedal and helps in tricky rock climbing situations to avoid the vehicle rolling back. The hydraulic front stabilizer bar disconnect system can disconnect the front stabilizer bar which greatly increases articulation and lets the suspended wheel potentially drop back down to the ground while the other side wheel is fully compressed. 

2021 Ford Bronco Braking Performance

The large dimensions and heavyweight of the Bronco need some serious stopping power, especially when trying to climb rocks. Ford employs 12.2-inch front and 12.1-inch rear disc brakes that halt the over 4,500 lbs SUV in 135 feet when panic braking from 60 mph. Although it isn’t the quickest when comparing it to regular SUVs, this braking distance is on par with similar off-road focussed SUVs. 

Model

Ford Bronco 4-door 

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Subaru Outback XT

Toyota 4Runner

Brake Rotors - Front (in)

12.2

12.9

12.4

13.3

Brake Rotors - Rear (in)

12.1

12.9

11.8

12.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,508

4,167

3,885

4,750

60-0 mph (ft)

135

132

132

144

The Toyota 4Runner is the heaviest SUV in this comparison and also employs much larger brakes on all ends, yet has the longest braking distance of 144 feet. The Outback on the other hand is the lightest of them all and hence does well to stop the quickest. The Jeep Wrangler does a commendable job too and has an identical stopping distance as that of the Outback, while the 4-door Bronco takes a few feet more. 

2021 Ford Bronco Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Official fuel efficiency figures haven’t yet been revealed by Ford yet, but the EPA website lists the base engine of Bronco for 21 mpg of fuel economy for combined city and highway driving conditions. The larger V6 is rated for 18/20/19 by the EPA for city/highway/combined. The 4-door body style employs a larger 20.8-gallon fuel tank which is reduced to 16.9 gallons for the smaller 2-door variant. Therefore, the 2-door Bronco needs more frequent gas station visits as compared to its larger sibling. 

Model

Ford Bronco 4-door 

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Subaru Outback XT

Toyota 4Runner

MPG (City)

20

17

23

16

MPG (Highway)

22

23

30

19

MPG (Combined)

21

19

26

17

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

20.8

21.5

18.5

23.0

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

416 / 458 / 439

366 / 495 / 366

426 / 555 / 426

368 / 437 / 391

Since the Subaru is more road-focused and utilizes an AWD system, it has a much higher fuel efficiency as compared to all the other three. The Toyota 4Runner has the highest fuel consumption and hence features the largest gas tank to compensate for the driving range. Jeep’s naturally aspirated V6 can’t match up with the efficiency of Ford’s EcoBoost engine as well, but the Bronco V6 has a similar combined efficiency rating. 

2021 Ford Bronco Interior

8.7/10

The interior of the new Ford Bronco has a rugged theme that is complemented by sophisticated technology to keep it up with modern-day standards. It features rubberized mats with drain holes that are a handful when washing off the muck, while every other interior panel can be wiped clean after an adventurous day. 

Grab handles in the center console and instrument panel are offered as optional along with MOLLE hooks mounted in the seatbacks. Although there is leather-trimmed upholstery available, certain trims also feature marine-grade vinyl seats which make the cabin more practical to clean. The LCD multifunction screen reminds of the older Broncos and gives a hint of modernity as well. 

2021 Ford Bronco SUV cockpit area

In terms of space, the tall and wide body of the Bronco aids in providing abundant headroom for all the occupants and can seat three-abreast at the rear rather comfortably. Behind the second row, the 4-door offers 38.3 cu-ft of trunk space which can be extended to 77.6 cu-ft by folding the rear seats. As for the 2-door variant, the cargo space is respectable at 23.6 cu-ft, with a maximum of 58.4 cu-ft after folding down the back seat. 

2021 Ford Bronco SUV seats

Model

Ford Bronco 4-door 

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Subaru Outback XT

Toyota 4Runner

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

43.3 / 57.1 / 43.1

42.6 / 55.7 / 41.2

40.1 / 58.1 / 42.8

39.3 / 57.8 / 41.7

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

41.1 / 56.5 / 36.3

41.7 / 55.7 / 38.3

39.1 / 57.4 / 39.5

38.6 / 57.8 / 32.9

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft)

38.3

31.7

32.5

47.2

At the front, the Bronco feels the most spacious amongst all while the Subaru Outback offers the most spacious and comfortable rear seats. The 4Runner compromises a bit in the headroom section and also has the most compact cabin to offer. The cramped cabin translates to a class-leading cargo capacity of 47.2 cu-ft even with all seats in use. The Jeep, on the other hand, offers a similar space at the front like that of the Toyota, but has a much more spacious rear seat than the Bronco, though for the sake of trunk capacity. 

  • 10-way power driver seat and 8-way front passenger seat
  • Heated Leather-Trimmed Bucket Front Seats
  • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Manual Reclining Fold Forward Leather Rear Seat
  • Tilt/Telescoping Heated Leather Steering Wheel
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Smart Device Remote Engine Start and Tracker System
  • Vinyl/Rubber Floor Trim

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Along with the 8-inch display, Ford also offers a larger 12-inch infotainment screen as an option, both of which are powered by Ford’s SYNC 4 interface which we have grown accustomed to over the years. Wireless smartphone integration is standard along with voice commands and AppLink while the built-in navigation is available with 3 years of complimentary service.

Ford also offers dedicated off-road navigation with over 1,000 curated trail maps from across the country with its performance app which complements the superior off-road capabilities of the SUV. The center console and instrument panel are modular in nature and can also be had with a 12-volt power outlet to power the accessories needed for a fun trip. 

  • 8.0-inch SYNC 4 touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and AppLink w/app catalog compatibility
  • Voice command recognition
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/3-month prepaid subscription
  • 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system w/subwoofer
  • FordPass Connect Built-In Navigation w/3 years of service

2021 Ford Bronco Exterior

9.0/10

Ford has ensured nostalgia with the design of the new generation Bronco by maintaining the upright and wide stance, flat surfaces, and sharp edges. The flared-out fenders offer a rugged appeal and can be quickly taken off when needed. At the front, the Blue Oval is missing, and instead, the ‘Bronco’ name is spelled out on the grille which is flanked by round headlights with LED daytime running lights.

2021 Ford Bronco SUV 

Both body styles offer removable roofs, a 3-section for the 2-door while a 4-section for the 4-door body styles. The doors are frameless which can also be easily taken off and stored when needed. The side mirrors are cowl-mounted to aid sideward visibility without the doors but might be an issue for some terrains. The trail sights on the front fender also function as tie-downs and every Bronco gets a 150 lbs capacity for roof-mounted objects like canoes. A range of off-road tires is also available, with the largest being 35-inch. 

Model

Ford Bronco 4-door 

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Subaru Outback XT

Toyota 4Runner

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,718

4,167

3,885

4,750

Length (in)

189.4

188.4

191.3

190.2

Width (in)

75.9

73.8

73.0

75.8

Height (in)

73.0

73.6

66.4

71.5

Ground Clearance (in)

11.6

9.7

8.7

9.6

Wheelbase (in)

116.1

118.4

108.1

109.8

The Ford Bronco offers the best in class ground clearance of 11.6-inch for every model that makes it tower over every other vehicle when on the road. The Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner offer a pretty high ride height which is about an inch lower than the Bronco. The Outback feels like a wagon against these SUVs despite offering pretty decent ride height. Although longer wheelbases of the Wrangler and Bronco cannot offer the cabin space on offer with the Outback with a much shorter wheelbase. 

  • Autolamp Aero-Composite LED Auto High-Beam Daytime Running Lights Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights
  • Manual Convertible Hard Top w/Glass Rear Window and Fixed Roll-Over Protection
  • Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Front Bumper w/2 Tow Hooks and Black Brush Guard
  • Rear Step Bumper w/2 Tow Hooks
  • Black Grille, Side Windows Trim, and Fender Flares
  • 17-inch Black High Gloss-Painted Aluminum Wheels

2021 Ford Bronco Safety

8.0/10

The 2021 Bronco is an all-new SUV that is yet to hit the market, has not yet been tested by either of the safety agencies like the NHTSA and IIHS. That being said, Ford has packed the Bronco with plenty of safety functions like a wide array of airbags, automatic high beams MyKey system, alongside clever technology like the terrain management system which makes low-speed rock crawling and trail driving safer. A highlight of the available safety and driver assistance features has been listed below. 

  • Terrain Management System with G.O.A.T. Modes
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • 360 Degree Camera
  • Ford Mykey System

2021 Ford Bronco Competition

9.0/10

2021 Ford Bronco vs Jeep Wrangler

The biggest rival to the Bronco, the Jeep Wrangler offers similar performance and capabilities as that of the Bronco and also costs roughly the same. The larger V6 engine under the hood of the Wrangler isn’t as efficient as the Bronco but it has a more spacious rear seat on offer which compromises a bit of trunk volume. Both are pretty evenly matched in terms of performance, but the modernity and dependability offered by Ford are what stand out for the Bronco. 

Jeep Wrangler

2021 Ford Bronco vs Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback feels the most out of place SUV in this comparison despite offering a solid off-road capability. Priced a bit higher, the Outback is marginally quicker off the line and is far more frugal as compared to the Bronco. The cabin is plush but does not offer the ruggedness and off-road capabilities as that of the Bronco. Therefore, even though the Outback is a pretty good offering for the price, the Bronco is much more versatile and offers a more enjoyable off-road experience.

Subaru Outback

2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner is another tough competitor to the Bronco which costs substantially more and employs a larger V6 under its hood. The acceleration performance isn’t upto the mark but the 4Runner offers the best towing capacity in the segment. The Bronco’s EcoBoost engine is much more efficient and the cabin too is far more spacious inside the Bronco. Though the 4Runner offers a host of off-road capabilities, it too cannot stand against the superiority of the Bronco. 

Toyota 4Runner

 

2021 Ford Bronco Final Verdict

Ford has brought back its Bronco SUV after over 20 years with an intention of taking on the Jeep Wrangler which enjoyed a sort of complete monopoly in this segment. On paper, the new 2021 Ford Bronco seems well equipped to not only challenge the Wrangler but might as well take its throne of the best off-road SUV on sale in the US. There’s still time to see if that really happens, but based on everything we see, we believe the new Ford Bronco should be one of the best buys for enthusiasts wanting to wander off the road. 

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