Ford Bronco vs Ford Bronco Sport

April 26th, 2021 by

If you haven’t heard, Ford has brought back the beloved Bronco. The Bronco has been brought up to speed with today’s standards while keeping its tough looks and off-road capabilities. Ford also debuted the Bronco Sport. Now, you may think these two are the same, but indeed they are not. Let’s break down the similarities and differences between the Bronco and Bronco Sport.

Bronco Sport Chassis
The Bronco Sport is a little smaller than its big brother, the Bronco. The Bronco Sport is also known as the baby Bronco. The Bronco is sort of like a cross between the Ford Escape and Jeep Renegade so think that size. The baby Bronco sits on a unitized body-and-chassis of the Escape. The Bronco Sport is only available in 4-door.

Bronco Chassis
The Bronco is longer and taller than the Bronco Sport. The big Bronco is available in 2-door or 4-door. The Bronco has a body-on-frame truck-based chassis based on the traditional SUV. The new Bronco is based on the newest Ford Ranger which is where it gets its bigger size compared to the Bronco Sport.

Bronco Sport Engine
The Bronco Sport has a 1.5L EcoBoost that produces 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. The Bronco Sport is also available in a 2.0L EcoBoost with four cylinders that are capable of producing 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The Bronco Sport is capable of keeping up on off-roading trips. I’d expect the Bronco Sport to compete alongside the Jeep Cherokee.

Bronco Engine
The Bronco gives you a choice of a 2.3L turbocharged EcoBoost that delivers 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque or a 2.7L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that tops out at 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. You really can’t go wrong with either of these two. The Bronco will compete with the Wrangler while off-roading. It has enough power through tough terrain as well as a low crawling mode to climb over rocks. We’ll discuss the Bronco’s GOAT modes in a second.

Bronco Sport Transmission
The Bronco Sport shares its eight-speed automatic transmission with the Ford Escape. The Bronco Sport incorporates the GOAT mode which stands for Go Over Any Terrain (not the typical Greatest Of All Time). Ford’s Bronco Sports GOAT mode was inspired by actual goats since they can go over and climb just about any terrain no matter how steep or high giving its drivers an outdoor adventure.

Bronco Transmission
The big Bronco has two transmission options; the 10-speed automatic transmission or a seven-speed manual that features a low-low gear for slow rock crawling. I’d recommend the manual to feel nostalgic and have complete control over your Bronco, manual is also more fun to drive. The Bronco also has GOAT mode to tackle the great outdoors. The Ford Bronco really will go over just about any terrain so this acronym is very fitting. The Bronco puts its best foot forward every adventure. There are 5 standard drive modes on every model and 3 optional drive modes on select trim levels. The 8 Drive modes include Sand, Slippery, Sport, Eco, Normal, Mud/Rut, Rock Crawl, and Baja.

Bronco Sport Exterior
The Bronco Sport looks similar to the Bronco with a few tweaks. The Bronco is a bit shorter in length and height compared to its big brother. The Bronco Sport has a conventional SUV look meaning its roof and doors are permanently attached. It does allow for sunroofs so you can slide it open to allow that fresh air to flow through your hair. It does not have many overhangs and its suspension has been beefed up so you know what that means, the Bronco Sport can go off-road. I dig the way the Sport looks, but parts of it remind me of a Land Rover if we’re being honest here. The Bronco Sport was designed to be a smaller Bronco and Ford successfully imitated the Bronco with its rugged styling.

Bronco Exterior
The Bronco truly resembles the original Bronco from 1965. Ford honors the OG Bronco with its classic two-door style and famous front end. We all love the open-air feel of a Bronco when you take the top off. The Bronco will be offered in a hardtop or soft top and removable doors, similar to a Jeep Wrangler. Once you remove the top and door panels, the Bronco lets in all the sun and wind (maybe even some rain and mud) so you can enjoy all that this world has to offer.

Safford Ford of Salisbury has the Ford Bronco Sport ready for you to pick up and drive off into the sunset. Call or come in today to see your new Bronco Sport. We are expecting the Ford Bronco to be here this summer.

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