Standard off-roading features aren’t the only things that make cars like the Ford Bronco so great. Adventure-seekers also appreciate the extra immersion of the open air as they take on trails. This is why the Jeep Wrangler has had a removable top and doors for years.
Not to be outdone, the Ford Bronco can have either a removable hard or soft roof. Which one should you buy for the best deal?
All about the new Ford Bronco
The full-sized Ford Bronco is available in either a two-door or four-door configuration. The two-door model predictably has a shorter wheelbase, making it easier to maneuver on trails. However, the four-door model is more suitable for families because of its roomier interior.
Regardless of how many doors you want, both come standard with a 2.3-liter 300-hp turbo-four engine. It’s paired with a seven-speed manual transmission and part-time 4WD.
Full-time 4WD costs are extra. The base powertrain can be substituted for a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 with 330 hp on tap and a ten-speed automatic transmission.
30-inch tires wrap around 16-inch wheels, giving the Ford Bronco excellent traction. It’s also aided the G.O.A.T drive mode system, which has options for slippery and sandy terrain. Higher trims give you extra drive modes for rock crawling and muddy terrain.
True off-roading enthusiasts might also find the Sasquatch package worthwhile. This bundle has beefy 35-inch tires, locking differentials on both ends, and Bilstein shocks. Some more expensive trims, like the Bronco Wildtrak, have this equipment standard.
Starting on the Black Diamond trim, you get rubberized floor mats with drain plugs. The Everglades model has a snorkel included, plus a standard hard-top. This trim and the Raptor can only be had in the four-door configuration.
Which Ford Bronco has a standard removable top?
According to Forbes, every two-door Ford Bronco comes with a removable hard-top roof. The four-door models come standard with a soft-top roof, which is retractable and can also be removed.
If you want to add a hard-top to your four-door Bronco, that’s $695 extra. It can be either plastic or painted metal. The retractable soft-top isn’t available for two-door Broncos.
The hard roof is split into three panels for the vehicle’s cabin, rear row, and cabin portions. This allows the rear drivers to have an open-air ride while the cabin stays enclosed or vice versa.
Both models come with removable doors. Since the rearview cameras are attached to the cowl, you don’t have to worry about compromising safety and visibility with the doors off. Ford also made the removal process as easy as possible, and all four panels fit neatly in the Bronco’s trunk.
However, each of the doors can be potentially too heavy for just one person to lift. Each door panel weighs 48 pounds, according to The Drive. The cabin portion’s panel of the plastic roof weighs 65 pounds, with the rear glass attached.
Getting the two-door Ford Bronco is the cheapest way to get a removable hard-top. It has an MSRP of $30,800. With the hard-top premium applied, the four-door Bronco Base costs $35,345.
Is the Ford Bronco a good car?
While a removable top is a great selling point, the Ford Bronco has recently run into trouble. There have been several reports of engine failure on low-mileage 2.7-liter V6 engines, which seem to stem from dropped valves. Ford is reportedly aware of the problem and has since committed to modifying the engine.
Due to production delays, the metal hard-top roof has also been notoriously hard to attain. The plastic hard-top is more readily available, but some units were prone to water leakage.
Ford issued a recall soon after this problem came to light. Other quality control issues about poor finishing and peeling headliners have also been reported. Ford will replace all the roofs on Broncos that have yet to be built, so expect delays if you reserved one.