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The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is a small and brand new SUV that is both rugged and safe. So is it a good choice for a new teen driver? Let’s take a look at what makes a good sport utility vehicle for a new driver and whether the Ford Bronco Sport meets that criteria.

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The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is on the list of the best vehicles for teens

The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is a good SUV for teenagers. That’s according to the list of the Best Small SUVs for Teens, put out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Consumer Reports. The two non-profit organizations have teamed up to determine which vehicles are the safest for new drivers. Although they note that larger vehicles (within reason) tend to be a little safer, there are a few small SUVs on their list and the Bronco Sport is one of them.

The Ford Bronco Sport comes standard with vehicle-to-vehicle automated emergency braking. In addition, the Bronco Sport comes with Ford’s suite of safety systems, called Co-Pilot 360.

The Ford Bronco Sport is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winner

The IIHS gives out two awards to reward the safest vehicles; the Top Safety Pick+ and the Top Safety Pick award. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport took home their best award, the Top Safety Pick+. Top Safety Pick+ award winners must have good crash test ratings in all major categories. It also has to have superior or advanced safety systems and acceptable or good headlights standard on all models.  

The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport gets a good or better in all major categories and good headlights. In addition, it has superior safety systems. These scores are excellent; in fact, they’re the best scores a vehicle can get. The only less-than-perfect score is for the child seat anchors, which get an acceptable rating.

The Bronco Sport is affordable

While everyone’s budget is different, the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport starting price is lower than many other good SUVs. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport price starts at $30,410 for the base model. This comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that puts out 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. This is matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive.

The Ford Bronco Sport also has LED headlights, roof rails, and an 8-inch touchscreen as well as a 4.2-inch digital instrument panel display. It’s compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, it has remote monitoring and a six-speaker sound system.

Is the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is a good SUV for your teen? According to the IIHS and Consumer Reports, it is. If you want one of the best small sport utility vehicles for your new driver, the Ford Bronco Sport should be on your list.


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