2021 Ford Bronco Sport Review: From Daily Driving to Off-Roading

Welcome to part two of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport review. Today I will have to roll up my sleeves and give the Ford Bronco Sport a bath because I got it dirty. During my week with the Bronco Sport, I used it as a daily driver and took it off-roading in the Great Smoky Mountains. 

2021 Ford Bronco Sport review for daily driving and off-roading 

A red 2021 Ford Bronco Sport parked in front of a mountain view
2021 Ford Bronco Sport | Allison Barfield

You can get started in a 2021 Ford Bronco Sport for about $26,820, but I tested the First Edition, which has an MSRP of about $38,000. The base engine is a 1.5-liter option with 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. 

The First Edition has the more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. It’s pretty exciting and fast. Driving around Asheville, NC was enjoyable with more than enough power to merge into traffic and get up to highway speeds. 

It has an auto-start and stop feature to save fuel, and it’s pretty efficient. The engine turns off at red lights but turns on fast enough to get off the line without delay. Also, the Bronco Sport is pretty good on fuel. It gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and up to 28 mpg on the highway. 

How comfortable is the Ford Bronco Sport? 

A red 2021 Ford Bronco Sport parked on top a rock in the forest
2021 Ford Bronco Sport | Allison Barfield

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The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport serves as a comfortable daily driver. The bucket seats are incredibly supportive, and you have a high seating position with a commanding view of the road. The High-performance Off-road Stability Suspension (H.O.S.S) absorbs impacts well for a smooth ride over road bumps and rocky terrain. 

The large windows provide excellent visibility, making it easy to maneuver around tight city areas. Plus, the backup camera has an overview display that helps you easily park and back out of any spot. The front-facing camera displays obstacles in front too. 

I enjoy the wireless charger and all of the storage space the tiny Bronco Sport manages to provide. The center console is pretty deep, and there are four cup holders in the front. But the zip pockets on the rear of the front seats seem limited. They have a mesh design for hanging up your camping tools and gear, though. 

The backseat is also comfortable and supportive, but taller passengers may wish they had a little more legroom. But the climate control system works efficiently to keep everyone comfortable, and the tall ceiling provides extra space. 

How is the Ford Bronco Sport for off-roading? 

A red 2021 Ford Bronco Sport parked in a field filled with green grass
2021 Ford Bronco Sport | Ford

NOTE: All activities were performed in an off-roading park in a safe environment with experienced drivers.

I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to test the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport in the wild, so I followed a Jeep Wrangler up into the mountains. The Bronco Sport provided confident steering and braking power around tight curves covered in dirt and gravel. 

The automatic 4×4 system works well to determine when the back tires need more power. If you lock the 4×4 system on, you can feel an increase in control. The Bronco Sport feels well planted and confident in slippery terrain. 

I didn’t have a protractor to measure how steep inclines were, but I decided (after taking the time to assess the angles and maneuvers that would be necessary) to climb an incredibly steep slope to a camp spot. It looked like nothing had tried to drive up there in a while, but things are just getting active again with the spring weather, so that wasn’t a concern on this course.

I felt like I was riding up a roller coaster hill, full of excitement, not nerves, and the Sport did great. It didn’t slip in the dirt and leaves or struggle once. It had plenty of power to make it to the top. 

With the excellent camera views and confident brakes, I was able to back down the incline without breaking a sweat. The front-facing camera, as well as the overhead view, provide you with sure footing to execute tight maneuvers without damaging any equipment.

The Ford Bronco Sport didn’t have any trouble going through deep mud, massive puddles, or over rocks. It showed no signs of overheating. It felt confident and provided its abilities to Go Over Any Terrain in the Blue Ridge mountains. At the end of the day, when I was tired from playing in the woods, it provided a smooth and comfortable ride back into town. 

Everywhere I’ve driven in the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport so far has been a fun journey. This sporty SUV is excellent for daily commutes and for getting away in the woods. It provides an engaging experience, no matter where you travel.