The 2021 Ford Bronco’s Fuel Economy Reveals It’s Thirsty

We have been waiting a while to see how the 2021 Ford Bronco does on gas! Finally, the official Ford Bronco fuel economy figures have been revealed. But these numbers may leave you feeling underwhelmed if you expected a fuel-efficient beast. 

The 2021 Ford Bronco has an average fuel economy 

2021 Ford Bronco
2021 Ford Bronco | Ford

According to CNET, the 2021 Ford Bronco does pretty average on gas. After EPA testing, Ford released the official fuel economy estimates for the Bronco, and the most fuel-efficient variant provides 21 mpg combined. 

The 2.3-liter turbo-four engine provides the best fuel economy with 20 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. Pairing the base engine with the base model returns the numbers with the 10-speed automatic transmission and the seven-speed manual transmission. 

Adding the Sasquatch package to a model with the base engine gets you 18 mpg across the board. 

The Badlands trim with the base engine receives 18 mpg in the city, 17 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined. Switching to the manual transmission gets you an EPA-estimated 16, 18, 17 mpg city/highway/combined. 

The best fuel economy for the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine occurs when paired with the base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks trims. It provides an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined. The Sasquatch package drops these figures to 17 across the board. 

How does the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport do on gas? 

Pictured is the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, an IIHS Top Safety Pick+
2021 Ford Bronco Sport | Ford

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The Bronco Sport does a little better on gas compared to other 2021 Ford Bronco Models. But it’s still a thirsty baby. According to MotorTrend, with the 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, you get an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. 

If you opt for the Ford Bronco Sport with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, you will receive an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. However, on a positive note, the Bronco Sport comes with standard all-wheel drive. AWD may weigh it down, but it’s definitely a nice perk to have included. 

But MotorTrend mentions that the fuel economy looks pretty weak compared to rivals. The Ford Bronco is built a little differently. Instead of being premium daily drivers, the two-door, four-door, and Sport models are built with legendary off-roading capabilities. 

How does the Ford Bronco compare to rivals? 

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2021 Ford Bronco | Ford

The 2021 Ford Bronco is on par with the 2021 Jeep Wrangler. A two-door Wrangler with the 3.6-liter V6 engine and an automatic transmission provides about 19 mpg combined. But the Jeep Wrangler 4xe provides up to 49 MPGe with a full tank of gas and juiced-up battery. 

But the Wrangler Rubicon 392 is a different story with an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and up to 17 mpg on the highway. We are still waiting to see if the Ford Bronco or Bronco Sport will adopt a hybrid powertrain. 

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Also, the gas-powered Ford Escape gets up to 27 mpg combined, and it has a hybrid variant like the RAV4. The Bronco may have some catching up to do.