Trucks & SUVs

2021 Ford Bronco vs. Toyota 4Runner: The More Sensible Choice Is Obvious

In 1966, Ford assigned the term G.O.A.T. to its newest project. Engineers designed a durable and dependable 4×4 off-road vehicle to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts. This project was the creation of the iconic Bronco. The acronym stood for “Goes Over Any type of Terrain.” In the sports world, the term stands for the “Greatest Of All Time,” which Ford thinks they have achieved with the new 2021 Ford Bronco. Let’s take a look at how America’s original sports utility vehicle stands up to the competition of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner.

More specifically, we will determine which option is the more sensible choice.

A side-by-side comparison of the off-road SUVs

The newly released 2021 Ford Bronco was designed to compete with the Jeep Wrangler, but it’s also starting to encroach on sales of the 2021 Toyota 4Runner. The superior off-road capabilities of the new Bronco make it a solid choice for adventure seekers.

For those looking to customize their off-road vehicle, both options fit the bill. There will be more than 200 accessories to choose from for the Bronco. Since the 4Runner has been around for a while, there are plenty of aftermarket upgrades available to enhance performance.

Both vehicles utilize independent front suspension, unlike the Jeep Wrangler that rides on a solid front axle. Under normal driving conditions, this improved suspension makes for a more comfortable ride for both the driver and passengers.

The 4Runner has not seen a full redesign in 12 model years, making it ripe for an overhaul. In comparison, the all-new Bronco has modern features, advanced safety options, an improved powertrain, and better off-road technology.

The 2021 Ford Bronco vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner

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Ford is proud to say, “the legend has returned.” The turbocharged engine, improved suspension system, all-terrain tires, and unique “adventure-ready tech” provides the ultimate off-road experience. The removable rooftops and doors add to the appeal of this adventurous ride. With ample space for passengers and cargo, the Bronco delivers in all areas.

Starting at $29,995 for the two-door base model, the sturdy SUV has state-of-the-art tech options. Larger 35-inch tires are available, allowing for superior driving abilities in all types of terrain.

For the past decade, the 4Runner has been a solid choice for a sports utility vehicle. Toyota is known for building dependable vehicles that can withstand anything the driver throws at it. The 4Runner is considered the best in its class with a strong history of reliability. The SUV certainly doesn’t have the coolness factor that comes along with the removable doors of the Bronco, but it does offer a more comfortable ride.

The 4Runner provides less road noise and vibration than its counterpart. Although, be aware that the body-on-frame construction of both vehicles won’t perform as good as a crossover SUV in everyday driving situations.

Which vehicle is the more sensible choice?

Both SUVs are pretty equal in terms of performance. According to Auto Trader, both will respond similarly in “98 [percent] of off-road situations.” When things start to get technical, drivers will prefer the Bronco because of its superior design and hardware availability.

The newness factor of the 2021 Ford Bronco is definitely more exciting than the outdated 4Runner. But, take emotion out of the equation, and the 2021 Toyota 4Runner is the better option. Coming in with a lower price tag, the 4Runner will most likely have a better resale value than the Bronco.

Limited availability of the Bronco also means that some consumers may have to wait an entire year before parking the iconic ride in their driveway. Because of its longevity in the market, the 4Runner will have parts more readily available, and most dealers will have the model you’re looking for in stock.

Although the Bronco is fun and new, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner is the more sensible choice.