The classic Ford Bronco is back, and it’s finally getting in the hands of critics. In most 2021 Ford Bronco reviews, this revived SUV is compared to the 2021 Jeep Wrangler. The Bronco wants to outperform the Wrangler, though, so it attempts to solve a few Wrangler problems.
The 2021 Ford Bronco faces Jeep problems
First of all, we like the 2021 Ford Bronco and the 2021 Jeep Wrangler. Both options serve a variety of purposes for daily drivers and adventuring. But the Ford Bronco is looking to outperform the Wrangler.
According to MotorTrend, the Bronco may have a better on-road performance. One of the most popular Jeep Wrangler complaints stems from older models with a bumpy ride and noisy interior.
But the Bronco has an independent suspension instead of a live front axle, and it seems to enhance precision and stability. The steering felt less than linear in corners. The body roll was pretty well limited, but they wouldn’t recommend driving the Bronco fast on curvy roads. The Bronco still had a bumpy ride, but apparently, it’s not as rough as the Jeep Wrangler.
Is the Bronco more comfortable than the Wrangler?
The MotorTrend team noted that they experienced a significant amount of tire noise from the road with the 2021 Ford Bronco. They could also hear the wind whistling through the removable hardtop’s seams. This can be a problem with some lightbars on the top of Jeep Wranglers.
Ford engineers noted that the L-shaped latches might not have been secured on the roof panels properly, but MotorTrend notes that they did have them currently snapped in. This was also a pre-production Bronco, so later models may be quieter.
The noise was easily drowned out by the radio. But they didn’t mention how loud the radio was or if they needed to raise their voices to carry a conversation. Also, hardtop models are supposed to be quieter than options equipped with soft tops.
Also, the back seat seemed to lack comfort. They don’t offer much padding and are short on thigh support. Getting into the back seat with a two-door model is a bit awkward, but they easily fold flat.
Is the Bronco better than the Wrangler for off-roading?
The 2021 Ford Bronco is still out there, proving its off-roading chops. MotorTrend suggests that the Bronco is just as capable as the Jeep Wrangler as an out-of-the-box off-roader. However, they also mentioned that off-roaders who like to modify their vehicles should stick with the Wrangler.
Both the Ford Bronco and 2021 Jeep Wrangler have various off-roading modes for snow, mud, sand, and more. But the Bronco has a crawl gear with the manual transmission. It provides greater engine power per wheel rotation.
The Trail Turn Assist applies brakes to the inside rear wheel to help bend the Bronco around sharp turns. The crawl-control mode, which could be similar to Hill Descent control, allows you to set the speed in half-mph increments.
The Bronco isn’t exactly better than the Jeep Wrangler, but it may help nervous off-roaders learn how to drive on more challenging terrain. The Bronco is serving up serious competition, but the Wrangler is probably about to answer with significant improvements.