2022 Ford Bronco Sport: Is the Baby Bronco Enough SUV for You?

When the Bronco feels too cumbersome on the road and you don’t spend a lot of time on the trails, you’ll want to see what the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport has to offer. Introduced alongside the Bronco, the Bronco Sport is a compact SUV providing better on-road handling and comfort than its larger sibling. Although this smaller Ford isn’t as dynamic on the trails, it’s still perfectly comfortable heading away from the lined roads for some fun in the wilderness. Is this smaller version the right Ford SUV for you to drive?

How much will you pay for a 2022 Ford Bronco Sport?

If you’re looking for an affordable off-road-ready SUV to drive, the Bronco Sport could be right for you. This SUV starts at $27,265 and ranges to $33.935 for the Badlands model at the top of the range. The larger, full-size Bronco begins at $29,300 and tops out at more than $60,000 for the WIldtrak model. When price is an issue, you can lean toward the smaller model.

What do the experts think about this Ford SUV?

Loaded down 2022 Ford Bronco Sport
2022 Ford Bronco Sport | Ford

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U. S. News and World Report ranks the Ford Bronco Sport fifth on their list of compact crossover SUVs. This SUV has good driving dynamics and impressive off-road chops but isn’t as upscale as some other models in the class.

Pros

  • Good off-roader
  • Agile handling
  • Supportive front seats
  • Easy-to-use tech features
  • Distinct Bronco styling
  • Standard AWD
  • Clever interior storage spaces
  • Composed drive on the road
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Cons

  • Upscale competitors
  • Limited rear-seat legroom
  • Dated infotainment graphics
  • Most rivals are more fuel-efficient
  • Upper trims are comparatively expensive

How much power does this SUV provide?

The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport compact crossover SUV driving through the wilderness with a roof rack full of cargo
2022 Ford Bronco Sport | Ford

Kelley Blue Book gives us the powertrain specs for the Ford Bronco Sport. Both engines use an eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver power to all four wheels. Lower trims have a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine making 181 horsepower and 190 lb.-ft. of torque. This powertrain is good for 25 city/28 hwy mpg.

Move to the upper trims of this compact SUV, and you’ve got a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine providing you with 250 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel mileage dips a little to 21 city/26 hwy mpg for this powertrain.

How is each trim of the Ford Bronco Sport equipped?

Base Model

  • AWD
  • Terrain management system with five G.O.A.T. modes (Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand)
  • Air conditioning
  • Driver information screen
  • LED headlights
  • SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto/Apple CarPlay
  • USB-A and USB-C ports
  • Ford Co-Pilot360 safety suite

Big Bend Model

  • Carbonized gray grille with white “Bronco” lettering
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Additional sound deadening technology
  • Automatic climate control
  • Upgraded cloth seats
  • Rear center armrest
  • MOLLE strap system
  • Heated mirrors
  • Push-button starting
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Optional Convenience Package

Outer Banks Model

  • Adds items from Big Bend Convenience Package
  • Sport contour leather seats
  • Power front passenger seat
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Black exterior trim elements
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Remote start
  • LED signature lighting
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Optional Tech Package

Badlands Model

  • Advanced AWD
  • Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl added to the G.O.A.T. modes
  • Off-road suspension
  • Metal skid plates
  • Front tow hooks
  • Unique grille
  • Roof rack slide rails
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Unique floor mats
  • 6.5-inch digital instrument screen
  • Rubberized floor
  • Special cloth seats
  • Under-seat storage compartments in the rear
  • Front 180-degree camera
  • Trail Control
  • Optional Ford Co-Pilot Assist+ Package
  • Optional Premium Package

How spacious is the cabin area of this SUV?

Dashboard Area Ford Bronco Sport
Dashboard Area Ford Bronco Sport | Ford

The rear cargo room of the Ford Bronco Sport gives you an adjustable space. With the rear seats up, this area measures 29.4-32.5 cubic feet but expands to 60.6-65.2 cubic feet with folded rear seats. The front area is roomy and spacious for you and your travel partner to enjoy a drive on or off the roads, but the rear seats lack the legroom most adults need.

Is this enough SUV for you to drive?

The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport has the off-road chops you need in an adventurous SUV. While more comfortable on the roads than its larger sibling, it could be the right SUV for you. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money for an off-road SUV and you only go off-roading occasionally, the Bronco Sport could be ideal for you. On the other hand, if you’re heading out for an adventure every day and want the most hardcore SUV you can find, step up to the larger Ford Bronco SUV.

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