Consumer Reports Said the 2021 Ford Bronco Is ‘Worth the Wait’

Just like everyone else, Consumer Reports had to wait a long while before it took delivery of the 2021 Ford Bronco. CR ordered its Bronco in July of 2020 and just now got their truck last week. From consumers to industry folks, the Ford Bronco has had everyone’s attention for the better part of two years now. Even after the insane wait, testers at Consumer Reports say the 2021 Ford Bronco is “worth the wait.” 

The 2021 Ford Bronco in the dirt
2021 Ford Bronco | Ford

Is the Ford Bronco worth it? 

The Ford Bronco model has been around since the mid-’60s but has always sort of existed on its own. These days, the resurrected Bronco is clearly making war with the Jeep Wrangler with its many snap-on Lego parts, removable roof and doors, and the badass 4×4 system. 

Consumer Reports conducts over 50 tests to rate vehicles. This process takes some time, and because of that, we will look at some of CR’s initial thoughts on the 2021 Ford Bronco. So far, the consensus seems to be that CR thinks the Bronco is pretty great to say the over 1-year wait was worth it. 

What is the best 2021 Bronco trim? 

A blue Ford Bronco Badlands is parked outdoors.
A blue Ford Bronco Badlands is parked outdoors | Ford

The six trims available for the 2021 Ford Bronco are the base Bronco, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, and the top-of-the-line Badlands. CR went with the Outer Banks trim level for its test unit. Once they conclude the Bronco testing, CR will give its take on the trim, but the Out Banks seems to be one of the more popular trims. 

What CR bought: 2021 Ford Bronco 4-Door Advanced 4×4

Powertrain: 310-hp, 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine; 10-speed automatic transmission; four-wheel drive

MSRP: $43,040

Options: Equipment Group 314A (Outer Banks series, 12-inch LCD touch screen, 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, heated steering wheel, B&O/CNCTG built-in Nav, wireless charging pad), $3,590; Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, $595; 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, 255/70R18 A/T tires, 4.27 rear axle, $1,895; hardtop molded-in-color, $695; sound deadening headliner, front axle open differential (no charge); Leather trim/vinyl gray/navy seats, $2,195

Total options cost: $8,970

Destination fee: $1,495

Total cost: $53,505

Is the 2021 Ford Bronco better than a 2021 Jeep Wrangler? 

A red 2022 Jeep Wrangler spraying sand.
2022 Jeep Wrangler | Jeep

Consumer Reports give that a resounding, “yes!” The testers at CR said, “This new version is immensely capable off-road, with a first-ever front trail camera that can shoot an image of coming terrain onto the in-camera screen. For all its off-road prowess, the new Bronco’s ride and handling performance in regular driving is much more refined than those of the Jeep Wrangler, its main competitor.” 

I don’t know what is if that isn’t a dagger to the Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep has long been the king of factory off-roaders, but it was always hamstrung by its lack of on-road comfort and sophistication. 

After the initial Bronco review, CR is saying the Bronco has all the off-road prowess, if not more than a 2021 Jeep Wrangler but with a much more refined cabin and driving profile. 

Is the 2021 Ford Bronco a good SUV? 

Consumer Reports certainly thinks so. The two powertrains are both strong and exciting, its ability to conquer the rough tack is unchallenged, and its revolutionary “off-road vision” is a serious weapon in the Bronco’s arsenal. 

The Ford Bronco is worth the wait

Although there are a few things that CR found to dislike, the overall consensus is that Ford has done well in building a rough off-roader that can still button up and act civilized. If the Bronco lives up to all the hype, in the long run, I think its battle with Jeep will likely end, at least from a practicality standpoint.

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