Buying a Ford Bronco Raptor? Gas Mileage Numbers Might Change Your Mind

Look, we know that if you’re looking for a hot off-road performer, you are not thinking about gas mileage. And the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is hot. But let’s be honest, virtually 99 percent of the time you’ll use it as a driver. So, maybe mileage should be on your priority list? With these mileage numbers released today, you should definitely be thinking about it. 

How disappointing are the Bronco Raptor mileage numbers?

2022 Bronco Raptor
2022 Bronco Raptor | Ford

Ford released the mileage for the Bronco Raptor with its 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6, and well, they’re very disappointing. The EPA rating is 15 mpg City, and 16 mpg Highway driving. But this should have been expected. 

After all, the F-150 Raptor has the same numbers when optioned with 37-inch tires. The good news is that while a Bronco Raptor will set you back $69,995, the F-150 Raptor is almost $10,000 more. But that’s not taking into consideration the better usability the F-150 gives owners. Compared to a top-of-the-line Everglades trim, it is $15,000 more. With the base Bronco’s buy-in at $30,800, that’s more than double the price. 

Wasn’t the EcoBoost V6 supposed to exceed V8 numbers?

2022 Bronco Raptor
2022 Bronco Raptor | Ford

Weren’t we told that the EcoBoost V6 gives the same amount of horsepower as a V8, using less gas and weighing less, too? If you compare a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, with its 6.4-liter 392 Hemi V8, it gets 13 mpg City and 17 mpg Highway, it gets a combined average of 14 mpg. That’s only one mpg less. 

And the Jeep’s 392 Hemi pumps out 470 hp, versus the Bronco Raptor’s 400 hp. It’s not a huge deficit, but in some ways, it just seems like Ford’s spin isn’t spinning quite right. How about the non-Raptor Broncos?

The two-door Bronco with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 and Sasquatch-equipped gets the best V6 mileage of the group at 20 mpg combined. That’s with either the automatic or the manual transmission and 35-inch tall tires. So the extra grunt of the Raptor package, combined with the 37-inch tires, drinks much more fuel.

How much more will it cost to have the Bronco Raptor?

2022 Bronco Raptor
2022 Bronco Raptor comparo | Ford

In fact, according to the EPA chart, the Bronco Raptor will cost you $10,000 more over five years. Going with the base 2.3-liter four-banger doesn’t help. It also has the same economy numbers as the V6. So you’re pretty much boxed in as far as mileage, power, and prices are concerned. 

Now, if those factors do cause hesitation, but you would still like to be cruising around in a Bronco, then all roads lead to the Bronco Sport. Not as sexy, capable, or powerful as its larger sibling, it is another way to work around the numbers.