I was texting with a friend, Rob, talking about wine and birthdays. It was his birthday party, and he texted a picture of him with his birthday cake. I noted to him that it was a nice birthday cake, but I really liked the Bronco T-shirt he was wearing. I had the Bronco Sport in my driveway.
Rob has been a Bronco enthusiast his entire life. Rob used to own a 1976 Ford Bronco, but apparently, someone else liked it as well, as it was stolen in 2014. A couple of years ago, his wife bought him a 1969 Bronco as a Christmas present to replace the Bronco that was stolen.
We started sharing pictures of our respective Broncos in our driveway. The 1969 Bronco with his dog, Miss Birkin. A side view along the Pacific Ocean. The only thing these two vehicles have in common on the exterior is the name.
The Bronco and Bronco Sport have key differences.
Today’s Bronco Sport looks like the Bronco, which is impressive. The Bronco versus Bronco Sport is a comparison of the larger Bronco SUV to the Baby Bronco. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is the baby brother of the all-new, off-road-ready Bronco SUV.
The Bronco Sport is a viable alternative to Jeep’s smaller models based on the front-wheel-drive Ford Escape. A couple of other SUVs will be looked at when deciding which vehicle to buy, including the Toyota RAV4 and the Mazda CX-5 Signature.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport comes standard with a four-wheel drive. If you want the advanced 4x4 with a twin-clutch RDU system, you can obtain it on the 2.0-liter engine. The Bronco includes up to seven GOAT (goes over any type of terrain) modes, a 180-degree camera, and trail control. This Bronco Sport features an off-road suspension and 17.1” water fording capability. Even for the Baby Bronco, these off-road specs are impressive.
2021 Bronco Sport Payload & Towing Capacity
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport can tow up to 2,200 pounds on the Badlands model when properly equipped, with the Class II Trailer Tow Package can haul 1,000 pounds.
The 2021 Ford Bronco was made primarily with off-roading in mind. The Bronco handling and equipment, along with more interior room, is desirable.
The smaller 2021 Ford Bronco Sport will be more fuel-efficient, more compact with a smaller interior space. If you are looking for a fuel-efficient daily commuter, look at the Bronco Sport, but if you want maximum off-road adventures, the larger Bronco SUV is better suited to your needs. Or you can go retro with a ’70s Bronco and Miss Birkin.
2021 Bronco Sport Price & trim levels
The Bronco Sport has five trim levels, but the Black Diamond or Wildtrak models are not available. Also, the Bronco Sport is 4-door only. The system includes uniquely tuned front struts with hydraulic rebound stops designed to provide a quieter, less jarring off-road experience on Badlands and First Edition series. In addition, 46-millimeter-diameter monotube rear shocks help provide improved response and more comfort off-road, while softer springs and antiroll bars offer greater articulation over obstacles.
2021 Bronco Sport Base ($26,660)
2021 Bronco Sport Big Bend ($28,160)
2021 Bronco Sport Outer Banks ($32,160)
2021 Bronco Sport Badlands ($32,660)
2021 Bronco Sport First Edition ($38,160)
Unibody 4-door, 5-passenger sport utility vehicle
Ford Engine and specs
Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks
1.5L EcoBoost with Auto-Start Technology In-line 3 cylinder
GOAT MODES (GOES OVER ANY TERRAIN)
Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand
Badlands, First Edition
2.0L EcoBoost with Auto Start-Stop Technology In-line 4 cylinder
GOAT MODES (GOES OVER ANY TERRAIN)
Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Mud/Ruts, Sand, Rock Crawl
The Bronco Sport Badlands includes;
STANDARD includes Big Bend content plus:
2.0-liter EcoBoost engine
Advanced 4x4 with twin-clutch rear-drive unit
28.5-inch all-terrain tires
Terrain Management System with seven GOAT Modes
8-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
Metal bash plates
Front 180-degree front camera with split-view and washer
Front tow hooks
17-inch Carbonized Gray-painted aluminum wheels with full-size spare Rubberized flooring
Shadow Black roof
18-inch machined-face aluminum Ebony Black-painted wheels
225/60R18 all-season tires
Front and rear carpeted floor mats
The 6.5-inch digital instrument panel
Sport contour, leather-trimmed, heated front bucket seats
Eight-way power driver’s seat, six-way power front passenger’s seat •Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Windshield wiper de-icer
Remote start system
Reverse sensing system
Flip-up liftgate glass
Liftgate adjustable floodlights
SYNC 3 with 8-inch LCD touch screen
FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
Second-row side and cargo area privacy glass
Heated side-view mirrors
SiriusXM satellite radio
Exterior Colors for Badlands:
Alto Blue Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat
Rapid Red Metal
The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is on sale now at a car dealer near you. Miss Birkin is not included