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The Ford Bronco is back, though it doesn’t quite look like the Ford Bronco of yesteryear. The new Bronco is stylish and boxier, potentially the truest Jeep Wrangler competitor. And yet despite its many positive attributes, the 2022 Ford Bronco received some bad reviews. In fact, there are plenty of critics out there of the opinion that Bronco SUV models are pretty mediocre. Read on to see some of the Bronco’s negative reviews from other critics or click to read our reviews of the 2021 Ford Bronco and 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor.

A green 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades in the mud.
2022 Ford Bronco Everglades | Ford

2022 Ford Bronco reliability scores are poor

The 2022 Ford Bronco reliability score is only average according to J.D. Powers quality and dependability data. While there aren’t any older Bronco scores to use as guides to the new Bronco’s reliability, J.D. Powers says its study “Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.”

The Ford Bronco gets little praise for comfort or driving experience

The 2022 Ford Bronco’s road manners are not its selling point. Good acceleration and off-road chops make it a beast on the trails. But when it comes to comfort and handling, critics and owners report loud wind noise, some find the interior fit and finish to be lackluster. Disregarding its undeniable cool factor, the Bronco isn’t exactly practical.

For example, MotorTrend almost didn’t include the Bronco as a finalist for the “Of The Year” (OTY) awards because of the hardtop roof recall. Moreover, MT reports “The Bronco struggled when it came to engineering excellence. Specifically, it felt underbaked and low in terms of quality.”

The Bronco has excellent resale value

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Despite its less-than-favorable reliability and road test scores, the resale for the 2022 Ford Bronco is great. Kelley Blue Book and J.D. Power agree that Broncos are slower to depreciate than most SUVs and rank high in terms of resale value.

You can expect to pay anywhere between $31,251 – $74,763 2022 for the rugged Ford Bronco SUV. The Bronco comes standard with a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. It also has an 8-inch touchscreen and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with a subscription Wi-Fi hot spot.

The 2022 Ford Bronco reliability scores and on road comfort may not be that great, but it does have a lot else going for it. Its resale value is high, plus this body-on-frame SUV model has character and appeal that are difficult to come by in the average crossover. There is also a wide range of trims and options with accessible starting prices.