2022 Ford Bronco: Consumer Reports Confusingly Says New SUV Was ‘Worth the Wait’

The 2022 Ford Bronco is part of a much-anticipated revival of the nameplate. And many enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting for the new SUV since it faced production delays. Unfortunately, the latest Bronco has quite a few flaws. Regardless, some owners are thoroughly enjoying the new SUV. Here’s a look at the 2022 Ford Bronco and Consumer Reports’ confusing comment about the SUV being “worth the wait” despite giving it an abysmal overall score. 

The 2022 Ford Bronco earned a poor score from Consumer Reports

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Consumer Reports gave the 2022 Ford Bronco an abysmal overall score of 47 out of 100. The low rating reflects the SUV’s road test and predicted reliability. The Bronco received a 55 out of 100 on its road test and a mere 2 out of 5 in predicted reliability. However, judging by owner surveys of similar models, CR gives the SUV the highest predicted owner satisfaction rating: 5 out of 5.

The 2022 Ford Bronco’s poor overall score puts the SUV in ninth place out of 11 models in the segment. Rivals such as the Subaru Outback or the Toyota Venza sounded defeated the Bronco. But CR didn’t like other factors about the Bronco, contributing to its low score.

For example, the Bronco gets only about 18 mpg combined, poor fuel economy for a compact SUV. Its braking capabilities also aren’t good, and CR gave it a 2 out of 5 in that category. Additionally, riders will probably find that the Bronco has a lot of wind noise, which detracts from its comfort.

But Consumer Reports enjoys some points about the 2022 Ford Bronco

However, Consumer Reports says the 2022 Ford Bronco was “worth the wait” despite those flaws. CR’s testers didn’t back down from warning consumers about the Bronco’s issues, but they did enjoy many of the SUV’s features. They include small details like Easter eggs and more significant aspects like the powertrain.

In addition, the Bronco’s optional 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 earned praise from Consumer Reports for its potency. Ford wanted the latest Bronco to be an off-roading machine, and that’s another area where this SUV excels. “The Bronco can be taken to the extreme just like the Wrangler,” CR says.

One of its coolest off-roading features is its front trail camera, which can help drivers maintain situational awareness at all times, even when they’re off-roading. Consumer Reports also likes other aspects of the Bronco, including its seat comfort and easy-to-use controls.

An overview of the 2022 model

The 2022 Ford Bronco’s standard engine is a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four producing 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. However, the engine that Consumer Reports likes — the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 — makes 330 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with that V6 engine, this Ford SUV can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just seven seconds. 

Inside, the 2022 Bronco offers an 8.0-inch touchscreen display with the Ford Sync 4 infotainment system. Also standard are forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. On top of that, the SUV boasts a spacious cargo area, allowing it to carry plenty of gear for adventures.

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