The 2023 Ford Bronco Sport is a 4×4 compact SUV made in trim levels: Base, Big Bend, Heritage, Outer Banks, Badlands, and Heritage Limited. While most get a turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that makes 181 hp and 190 lb.-ft. of torque, the Badlands and Heritage Limited get a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that whisks out 250 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. The two powerplants are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and while full-time four-wheel drive is the rule, models with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost have Ford’s Advanced 4×4 system with a twin-clutch rear drive unit.
When it comes to towing, Bronco Sports with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost and the Class II Trailer Tow Package can handle up to 2,000 pounds. Those with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost and Class II Trailer Tow Package (both of which are standard in the Heritage Limited) gain a slight towing capacity increase of 200 lb. According to the EPA’s official fuel economy ratings, Bronco Sports with the 1.5-liter EcoBoost return 25 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, whereas those with the 2.0-liter EcoSport achieve 21 city/26 highway.
The ‘23 Bronco Sport has everything you need for a fun-filled getaway and everything in between. The practically equipped Base displays LED headlights, a safari-style roof (which is useful for accommodating extra cargo), roof rack side rails, flip-up rear glass, a pair of liftgate flood lights, a built-in rear-hatch bottle opener, a H.O.S.S. suspension, and keyless entry. It also gets cloth seats, Ford’s Terrain Management System with five G.O.A.T. Modes (Sand, Slippery, Sport, Eco, and Normal), two 12-volt power outlets, dual USB ports (one Type-A and one Type-C), a sunglasses holder, and a 60/40-split fold-flat second-row seat.
The Big Bend’s equipment list is boosted with heated side mirrors, rear privacy glass, proximity entry (Intelligent Access), push-button start, single-zone automatic climate control, color-accented front seats, and front-row seatback MOLLE straps. As we said above, the Heritage takes a more intensely retro aesthetic with its Oxford White exterior accents, red BRONCO-stamped grille, and plaid upholstery. It also has LED headlights and fog lights and rubberized second-row seatbacks. The Outer Banks backs off a bit from the vintage appearance in favor of modern conveniences like remote start, a windshield wiper de-icer, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 110-volt power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, and heated power-adjustable front seats.
The Badlands omits some of the Outer Banks’ deluxe features (the windshield wiper de-icer, remote start, ambient interior lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, power front passenger’s seat, and dual-zone automatic climate control) to concentrate on off-roading. Its standard features include metal bash plates, front tow hooks, rubberized flooring, off-road cruise control (Trail Control), two additional G.O.A.T. modes (Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl), and a rear passenger-side under-seat storage compartment. The top-of-the-line Heritage Limited is stocked with the aforementioned comfort and convenience features (minus the windshield wiper de-icer), along with a moonroof, specialized off-road tires that increase the vehicle’s water fording capability and ground clearance, position memory settings for the driver’s seat and side mirrors, wireless phone charging, and perforated plaid upholstery. If some of those high-level amenities sound appealing but you don’t want to upgrade to a more expensive trim, note that many are available for the lower grades as options.
The Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced driving aids is standard in every ‘23 Bronco Sport. The Base, Big Bend, and Heritage get pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams. The Outer Banks adds rear parking sensors, and although the Badlands doesn’t come with the parking sensors, it has a 180-degree split-view camera. The Heritage Limited tops the range with all of those deluxe safety aids, as well as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane centering, and speed-sign recognition. Many of those sophisticated driver assists can be added to the less expensive trims as options.
Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system is standard, with the lowest trims getting an 8-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a six-speaker sound system. The Big Bend and higher trims get SiriusXM satellite radio, while the Heritage Limited upgrades to a premium 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen (B&O) audio system (optional on the Outer Banks and Badlands).
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