After years of excitement, orders are opening for the 2021 Ford Bronco. The configurator is live on Ford's website, so you can build your own Bronco and reserve it. According to Car and Driver, Ford is experiencing the most interest for models like the Wildtrak and Badlands. In other words, most of the reservations so far are for well-equipped models with powerful engines. About one out of every 10 people who order the Bronco choose the manual transmission for greater control over the driving experience. One of the biggest decisions, though, is between the 2021 Bronco and the 2021 Bronco Sport.

2021 Ford Bronco Vs. Bronco Sport

Other than some badging and the classic design, with its straight lines and flat surfaces, these two vehicles don't have a great deal in common. For starters, the 2021 Ford Bronco is a truck-based SUV with many design elements based on the new Ford Ranger pickup. The Bronco Sport, on the other hand, has more in common with a car-based or unibody SUV. 

Ford Bronco Vs. Bronco Sport Suspension

These differences in the chassis also lead to differences everywhere else, starting with the suspension. The new Ford Bronco has a control-arm front suspension and an optional anti-roll bar disconnect device to offer maximum suspension articulation. The rear axle is a live axle, and there are off-road options like locking front and rear differentials. The Bronco sport has the same fully independent front strut and rear multi-link suspension you might find in the Ford Escape. The Bronco Sport will offer a smoother ride on the road, but won't be as capable off the road as the 2021 Ford Bronco will be.

Bronco Sport Vs. Ford Bronco Engine

The 2021 Ford Bronco gives drivers choices between a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6. The former cranks out 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, while the upgraded option delivers 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

The Bronco Sport shares much of its design with the Escape, and the same is true of its engine options. Drivers can choose from the following when they buy a Bronco Sport:
  • 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder with 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque
  • 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 245 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque

Bronco Vs. Bronco Sport Transmission

The Bronco Sport has the same eight-speed automatic transmission you'd find in the Ford Escape. The new 2021 Bronco, though, has a 10-speed automatic that was developed in cooperation between Ford and General Motors. Alternatively, you can choose the new Getrag seven-speed manual gearbox that includes a low first ratio that makes it easier to crawl over rocks.

Bronco Vs. Bronco Sport Drive Systems

The 2021 Ford Bronco offers drivers a choice between two different transfer cases. When you choose G.O.A.T. Mode (Goes Over Any Terrain) you'll have settings like normal, eco, sport, slippery, sand, Baja, mud, and rock crawl. The upgraded drive system manages the traction and stability control, anti-roll bar disconnect system, and differential locks.

The Bronco Sport will come with normal, eco, sport, slipper, and sand modes, regardless of which trim level you choose. Badlands models also get two different G.O.A.T. modes: Rock Crawl and Mud-and-Ruts. The Bronco Sport still isn't capable of conquering terrain as its big brother, but it's no slouch.

Should I Choose the Bronco or the Bronco Sport?

Both of these vehicles are capable on and off the road compared to the rest of their respective classes, but the 2021 Ford Bronco is generating even more buzz among automotive enthusiasts. The retro design and unbelievable off-road capabilities make it one of a kind. Only the 2021 Bronco allows drivers to remove the roof and doors.

Test Drive the New Bronco

No matter which you choose, you can find it here at Midway Ford Miami. Visit us today to learn more about the new 2021 Bronco and 2021 Bronco Sport. Talk to us about the differences between these two vehicles to decide which is best for your needs. Soon, you'll even be able to take them both for a test drive at Midway Ford Miami!

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