2021 Ford Bronco

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How Does the Ford Bronco Compare to Its Fiercest Rival?

For many years, drivers around Chicago who have sought an SUV with the capability to take their adventures to the next level would turn to the Jeep Wrangler. That's all about to change with the introduction of the 2021 Ford Bronco, a compact off-road-oriented SUV that offers the most capable performance in its class. However, it's not enough to simply release a competitor to a legendary vehicle; the Ford Bronco is here to dethrone it.

Compare the Ford Bronco to the Jeep Wrangler

2021 Ford Bronco 2020 Jeep Wrangler
Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs. 3,500 lbs.
Payload Capacity 1,370 lbs. 1,351 lbs.37.5 in.
Ground Clearance 11.5.7 in. 10.8 in.
Engine 2.3-Liter Turbo I4 3.6-Liter V6
Power 270 hp 285 horsepower
Torque 310 lb-ft of torque 260 lb-ft of torque
Trnasmission 7-Speed-Manual, 10-Speed-Auto 6-Speed-Manual, 8-Speed-Auto

Source: "2021 Ford Bronco vs. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: Comparing Specs." Roadshow, CNET


The core of what sets the Ford Bronco apart from the competition in terms of its performance is the advanced 4x4 system that comes standard on every model. The elite capability of this 4x4 system has caused Ford to dub it G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Terrain), which leverages advanced mapping and drive technologies for a more empowering drive every time. The Ford Bronco can be equipped with up to seven drive modes, which are:

  • Normal
  • Eco
  • Sport
  • Slippery and Sand
  • Baja
  • Mud/Ruts
  • Rock Crawl

By contrast, the Jeep Wrangler only has five available drive modes through its Selec-Terrain Management System.

The advantages of the Ford Bronco also extend to its power output numbers. The base-level 2.3-liter EcoBoost gets a best-in-class torque rating of 310 pound-feet that instantly bests the Wrangler's base torque rating of 260 pound-feet. What's particularly notable about this figure is that the Bronco's base engine is a four-cylinder variant, while the Wrangler's base engine is a V6, meaning that the Bronco manages to get more out of an engine type that is traditionally less powerful.

The Ford Bronco also gains an advantage when it does upgrade to the available V6. This advantage revolves around its horsepower rating, which is higher than any of the Wrangler's four available powertrain options. The available 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine produces 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.


The 2021 Ford Bronco debuts the SYNC 4 infotainment system, complete with state-of-the-art technology that renders the Wrangler's offering instantly outdated. The new Wrangler brings back its Uconnect infotainment system, but when putting the two side by side, the differences between the two are vast.

The SYNC 4 infotainment system comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen, which is typically normal for most vehicles to have as an expensive premium add-on feature (including the Wrangler). The Uconnect infotainment system, meanwhile, packages in a five-inch touchscreen as the standard configuration. There is an available 8.4-inch screen that barely surpasses the standard SYNC 4 model, but that victory is short-lived thanks to the available 12-inch touchscreen that can be had on higher trim levels.


The exterior of both the Ford Bronco and the Jeep Wrangler is a strength for both models in terms of aesthetics. However, when you start to break down the measurements and how they tie into performance, the Ford Bronco establishes a clear lead over the Jeep Wrangler, beginning with a best-in-class water fording capability of 33.5 inches.

Here's a breakdown of the other notable metrics:

  • Ground Clearance - Ford Bronco: 11.6 inches, Jeep Wrangler: 10.9 inches
  • Maximum Breakover Angle - Ford Bronco: 29 degree, Jeep Wrangler: 27.8 degrees
  • Maximum Departure Angle - Ford Bronco: 37.2 degrees, Jeep Wrangler: 37 degrees

The Ford Bronco Has Got It Where It Counts

There's a whole world out there just waiting to be discovered. With its unquestioned toughness and durability, the all-new Ford Bronco was built to carry outdoor enthusiasts to wherever the wilderness calls

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Best-in-Class Departure and Breakover

Bronco can handle the sharp drops and steep inclines of rugged off-road terrain with an available best-in-class departure angle of 37.2 degree and a 29 degree breakover angle. * Bronco has an aggressive available 43.2 approach angle.

*Class is Medium Traditional Utilities. Two-Door Model only with available 35-inch tires.

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Available Best-in-Class Ground Clearance

Stay clear of sharp rocks, fallen branches and other obstacles with a projected best-in-class ground clearance of 11.6 inches. *

*With available 35-inch tires. Class is Medium Traditional Utilities.

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Available Best-in-Class Water Fording

With a high-mounted air intake and best-in-class ground clearance, Bronco has an available best-in-class* water-fording capability of up to 33.5 inches.

*Class is Medium Traditional Utilities. Preproduction Computer Generated Image Shown. Always consult the owner's manual before off-road driving. Follow all laws and drive on designated off-road trails and recreation areas.

Get Up Close to the Great Outdoors

Bronco makes the open-air experience quick, easy and fun. The four-door comes standard with a soft top with the option of a modular hardtop or dual tops. Four-door models have a class-exclusive removable hardtop middle panel that provides a second-row open-air experience without removing the rear cap.* You can also get the total open-air experience with class-exclusive frameless doors that are lightweight and easy to remove.

An Interior Built for the Outdoors

There's storage everywhere, plus adventure-ready functionality, comfort and style. 

Bronco Cockpit

The purpose-built instrument panel was inspired by the first-gen model, with gauges and controls that are clearly visible and intuitive.

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Bronco Seating

Because fun always draws a crowd, the Bronco four-door has plenty of elbow room for passengers with available 60/40 split-fold second-row seats that fold down in a snap to make more space for action gear. There are also available leather-trimmed, durable cloth and marine-grade-vinyl seating choices.

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