Between These Two Ford SUVs, Which Is Better?

Hannah DeWitt
Dec 31, 2021 · 4 min read
Ford brought back the legendary Bronco this year, which caused quite the stir in the auto world. Fans of the original Bronco line were delighted, and many couldn't wait to get one of their own.
Then came the Bronco Sport, which left everyone more than a little confused. Is the Bronco Sport a smaller version of the Bronco, or is it a completely different vehicle? Furthermore, how will you pick between the two? To answer that, we'll have to discuss a little about both vehicles.
Orange Ford Bronco driving under a tree in fall
Both the Bronco and Bronco Sport have solid off-roading capabilities.

The Ford Bronco

Back when the original Bronco was still in production, it had a bit of a rivalry with the Jeep Wrangler. Now that the Bronco is back, their rivalry has picked up right where it left off, and Ford is striving hard to prove the Bronco is better than ever with some major updates. 
According to MotorTrend, the 2021 Bronco comes with two engine choices. The first is a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder which generates 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. The second option is a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that increases the ponies up to 310 horsepower and the torque up to 400 lb-ft. 
The Bronco is designed for off-roading and encourages drivers to get closer to nature by using removable doors and windows. You can get it with a hard top or soft top, depending on your personal preferences. 

The Ford Bronco Sport

In spite of the name, the Bronco Sport actually has more in common with the Ford Escape, as they both share a lot of the same parts under the hood. For example, the Bronco Sport comes equipped with the exact same 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine as the Escape. This engine can produce 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. 
There is a second engine option, which is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder which generates 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft. The Bronco Sport also has the same eight-speed automatic transmission which is available on the Escape.
The Bronco Sport is based on a more traditional SUVs, meaning that all the doors and windows are permanently attached. You could remove them, of course, but you'll probably ruin the vehicle.

Bronco Sport vs. Bronco: which one is better?

Both the Bronco and Bronco Sport are very capable off-road vehicles. Each can be fitted with aftermarket accessories, so you can tailor it to what you like. But which is the best vehicle?
In the end, it comes down to your personal opinion. If you want a highly capable off-road vehicle and money is no object, the Bronco is the obvious winner. It can go further, faster, and probably give you a better time while going off-road.
On the other hand, if you want to go off-road, but still want to make it home by dinner, the Bronco Sport will manage just fine. And while the base price of $27,415 is just a little below the Bronco's $28,500 price tag, the top trim level is much cheaper than that of the Bronco. 

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