What’s so good about the 2022 Ford Bronco? It’s one of the most popular vehicles in the world. So popular that finding one is one of the most challenging things you can do. Ford’s SUV is an excellent option for anyone looking for performance, comfort, drivability, and a Jeep Wrangler competitor. However, it can’t all be sunshine and daisies. Here are three things Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the 2022 Ford Bronco.
Consumer Reports doesn’t like the Ford Bronco’s fuel economy
Most people don’t expect excellent fuel economy from a model like the Ford Bronco. With outstanding off-road performance and four-wheel drive, there are usually some downsides. One of them, like other large SUVs and pickups, is fuel economy. The 2022 Ford Bronco gets 13 city and 24 highway miles per gallon. In this day and age, with electric and hybrid vehicles everywhere, that isn’t good.
The even worse news is that the Bronco’s greatest rival, the Jeep Wrangler, gets better gas mileage. Jeep’s off-road SUV averages 22 city and 29 highway mpg, far better than the Bronco. If the Ford Bronco uses the base 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo engine, it averages 21 combined mpg. With the 2.7-liter V6? You’re looking at an abysmal 19 combined mpg.
Really loud noises while driving
According to Consumer Reports, the Ford Bronco’s cabin is a noisy place to be. CR Chalks it up to “elevated levels of wind noise that increase as speed rises.” However, owners can get the optional hardtop with sound-deadening panels. Additionally, extra vehicle sound-deadening is included in the Lux package. Unfortunately, the Bronco is no match for the wind, even with additional equipment.
CR reported that at high speeds (above roughly 50 mph), wind noise becomes significant. While it might not be a huge deal for some, long highway trips are dreadful. Moreover, the publication reported that its testers mostly enjoyed the growling sound of the V6 engine. While engine noise mixes with the road and wind sound, it certainly isn’t of any concern. Primarily, the 2022 Ford Bronco’s pain point is all the excessive wind sounds leaking in the cabin at high speeds.
Consumer Reports could do without some of the unique usability “oddities”
For the most part, the Ford Bronco provides a user-friendly experience for drivers and passengers. CR noted that managing phone calls with the steering wheel controls was particularly easy. However, “the Bronco also brings a few unique oddities.” Firstly, the window controls are located on the downslope of the center console instead of the standard driver’s door armrest. While it isn’t a reason to trade your Bronco in, it takes some getting used to since every other vehicle is different. CR noted that this is because of the removable doors, but it forces the driver to look away from the road, which is dangerous.
Furthermore, the side mirror controls are adjacent to the window buttons. Looking over to the mirror controls takes your eyes off the road and the mirrors. It’s a bit jarring to have to look back and forth to find the buttons and the position of the mirrors. Lastly, CR says the mirror switches have a “mushy rubber feel,” meaning they aren’t very high quality.
Should you buy a 2022 Ford Bronco?
The Bronco is perfect if you’re in the market for an SUV with off-road capability. It’s the ideal Jeep Wrangler competitor and can do nearly everything it’s rival can. Notably, Consumer Reports says it isn’t as capable off-road, but almost as much. Additionally, it excels on the road far more and is a smoother ride than its closest competitor. Despite some of its shortcomings, the Ford Bronco is an excellent SUV overall. However, those are three things Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the 2022 Ford Bronco.