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Ford brought the Bronco back in 2021 to be a serious off-road competitor for the Jeep Wrangler. This gives off-road enthusiasts a serious dilemma: They must put the Ford Bronco up against the Jeep Wrangler. Both models are available in 2-door and 4-door configurations with removable doors and tops, giving them some similarities. Let’s look at some ways these two off-road SUVs are different.

2024 Ford Bronco Raptor posed off-road
2024 Ford Bronco Raptor | Ford

What does the Ford Bronco offer?

Like the Wrangler, the Bronco comes with standard 4WD and a manual transmission option. This Ford gives off-roaders an excellent alternative to the dominant Jeep, and it’s been an impressive choice since returning to the market.

Here are some qualities in the Bronco you won’t see in the Wrangler.

G.O.A.T. Modes

All Bronco models come with either six or seven G.O.A.T. modes. This system stands for Goes Over Any Terrain, which gives you an idea of what this system does for the Ford SUV. The modes allow you to set the terrain you’ll drive on with this SUV, making it easier to tackle the trails in a Bronco.

Several trims

Ford offers the Bronco in nine trim levels, which should be a huge plus when compared to the Jeep Wrangler. The vast lineup of trims makes it easy to find the right Bronco for your driving desires, whether you’re a hardcore off-roader or weekend wilderness warrior.

High-performance Raptor

Both of these off-road SUVs have high-performance trims. For the Ford Bronco, this is the Raptor, which has a massive turbocharged V6 engine that delivers incredible power figures. This top trim also has a HOSS 4.0 suspension system and 37-inch tires, to name a few special features.

2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 tackling an off-road trail
2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 | Jeep

What do you find in the Jeep Wrangler?

The Wrangler dates back to World War II as the military GP, which became the Jeep brand. This off-road SUV has been a tough and rugged machine for more than 80 years. Its military-inspired appearance is instantly recognizable.

Check out a few things that give the Wrangler an advantage over the Bronco:

More engine choices

The Wrangler has four powertrain options across the range of trims and models. These include the venerable Pentastar V6, a turbocharged 4-cylinder, the plug-in hybrid 4xe, and the Hemi V8 for the Rubicon 392. The Ford Bronco doesn’t have a hybrid or V8 in the lineup.

The Wrangler has a more affordable starting price

Ford dropped the Bronco base model, making the Big Bend the new base model. This means the Ford Bronco is more expensive than the Jeep Wrangler Sport. This base Wrangler provides a more accessible starting point than the Bronco.

Larger screen

The Wrangler comes with Uconnect 5 infotainment, presented on a 12.3-inch anti-glare screen. This system has Trail Maps and Adventure Guides for fun on the trails. These items give you a techy way of finding the best off-road trails for some wilderness fun.

The Ford Bronco goes head-to-head with the Jeep Wrangler; which off-road SUV could satisfy your hunger for wilderness adventures?

Source: Kelley Blue Book