Choosing the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Over the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Might Be a Bad Idea

In this match-up, the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport goes head-to-head with the bestselling 2021 Toyota RAV4. But, as it turns out, choosing the Ford Bronco Sport over the RAV4 might just be a mistake. Let us tell you why.

2021 Toyota RAV4 driving
2021 Toyota RAV4 | Toyota

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 prioritizes fuel efficiency

If it’s a fuel-efficient SUV that you’re after, you’re going to want to skip the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport and stick with the Toyota RAV4. According to the EPA, this year’s RAV4 can deliver an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Opt for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid with all-wheel drive instead, and those numbers shift to an impressive EPA-estimated 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

As for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport? Unfortunately, this year’s model isn’t quite as fuel-efficient as the new RAV4. The EPA reports that this year’s model can only achieve an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. While that’s certainly not terrible, it is lower than the RAV4’s numbers.

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The RAV4 costs less than the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport

But the RAV4 isn’t just more fuel-efficient than the Bronco Sport. It also costs less than the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport. Opt for the base model LE, and you’ll find yourself spending about $26,150 on this year’s model. Upgrade to the RAV4 XLE, and you’ll be spending approximately $27,445. And at its most expensive? The RAV4 will cost you $34,680.

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, on the other hand, costs a tad bit more. A base model Bronco Sport will run you approximately $26,820, which is slightly more expensive than a base model RAV4. Upgrade to the Big Bend, and the Bronco Sport jumps in price to $28,320. And if you’re interested in the range-topping First Edition? You’ll be spending at least $38,160 on the new Ford Bronco Sport. 

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Enjoy complimentary maintenance with the new RAV4

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary maintenance plan covering normal factory scheduled service for two-years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. This complimentary plan includes everything from engine oil and filter changes to tire rotations and multi-point inspections. It also includes 24-hour roadside assistance for two years and unlimited mileage.

Unfortunately for the Ford Bronco Sport, it’s not standard with complimentary maintenance. So when it comes to things like oil changes and tire rotations? You’re going to have to foot the bill yourself. Fortunately, the Bronco Sport does come with roadside assistance coverage for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

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There’s only one reason to choose the Ford Bronco Sport

When it comes down to it, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 has plenty to offer. It’s fuel-efficient, is standard with a complimentary maintenance plan, and costs less than the new Ford Bronco Sport. Not to mention, the RAV4 is both reliable and holds its value pretty well.

But if you’re in the market for an SUV that’s just a tad more adventurous? Then the RAV4 may not be the perfect fit for you. Because unlike the RAV4, this year’s Bronco Sport comes stocked to the brim with adventure-ready features. But if you don’t plan on hitting the trails anytime soon? Then choosing the Ford Bronco Sport over this year’s new RAV4 might just be a mistake.

The all-new Bronco Sport First Edition series in Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat
The all-new Bronco Sport First Edition series in Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat. | Ford