New Ford 2021 Ford Bronco vs. 2021 Jeep Wrangler for Sale in Hyannis, MA
For a long time now, the Jeep Wrangler has been the king of the off-road vehicle segment, but things have changed with the resurrection of the iconic Ford Bronco. This trailblazing beast stands as a worthy contender to Jeep’s Trail Rated lineup, especially the Wrangler. So, just how much trouble is the Wrangler in now that the Bronco is back in the picture? Let’s dive into a detailed comparison of their overall vigor and desirability. To keep things simple, we’ll focus our attention on the Base Bronco 4-Door (MSRP: $33,450) and the base Wrangler Unlimited Sport (MSRP: $32,570) in this comparison. Those models are close matches in their pricing and standard features.
Power and Performance
Although the Wrangler Unlimited Sport makes slightly more standard horsepower than the Bronco Base 4-Door, its torque output is lower. The Wrangler Unlimited Sport comes with a standard 3.6-liter V6 that makes 285 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and the Bronco Base 4-Door has a standard turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that produces 270 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. In many cases – especially on the dusty, rocky trails – torque is more important than horsepower since it relates to a vehicle’s ability to power away from a dead stop. Higher torque can help a vehicle get out of a sticky off-road situations quickly, meaning that the Bronco has the edge here.
The other key advantage of the Bronco Base 4-Door’s powertrain is the class-exclusive seven-speed manual transmission. The Wrangler Unlimited Sport also comes with a manual, but it’s a basic six-speed. The Bronco Base 4-Door’s seven-speed is entirely unique and is designed specifically with rock crawling in mind, with gears 1 through 6 joined by a C (for “crawl”) gear. By popular demand, Ford decided to make it available with their all-new Sasquatch Package. For those who aren’t that gear-savvy, the Bronco Base 4-Door can be ordered with a 10-speed automatic transmission – the first in this segment. The Bronco Base 4-Door also gets a handy Terrain Management System with five G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) Modes: Sand, Slippery, Sport, Eco, and Normal. The Wrangler Unlimited Sport does not offer a drive mode selector.
While both the Bronco Base 4-Door and Wrangler Unlimited Sport come with removable doors, the two brands’ designs are quite different. First, the Wrangler’s doors are bulkier since they include the frame and side mirrors. The Bronco’s frameless doors are more compact and user-friendly, and the side mirrors aren’t attached. Their best trait, though, is that the Bronco 4-Door’s doors can be stored in the cargo area. The Wrangler’s doors don’t fit in the cargo area, which is a major disadvantage when the weather is iffy. Without space to stow the doors, Wrangler drivers have to decide before they leave home if they’re going to gamble with the threat of rain and leave the doors behind.
The Bronco Base 4-Door also has standard LED headlights and 83 cubic feet of available cargo space. Roof rails with crossbars are optional for hardtop models. The Wrangler Unlimited Sport gets basic halogen headlights and only offers up to 72.4 cu. ft. of potential cargo space, and it’s not available with roof rails and crossbars.
The ’21 Bronco has a significant edge on the inside, with a more functional layout thanks to the lack of manual four-wheel drive controls like the Wrangler has. Instead, the Bronco has electronic controls, leaving the cockpit less cluttered. The Bronco Base 4-Door also outdoes the Wrangler Unlimited when it comes to the open-air experience. First off, its roof isn’t obstructed by a B-pillar crossbar like the Jeep’s is, and second, the hardtop has a removable roof panel – something you won’t find in the Wrangler. The Bronco Base 4-Door gets some great standard features too, like an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The Wrangler Unlimited Sport doesn’t get similar standard features.
*(NHSTA) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
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