How Easily Will a Ford Bronco Flip Over?
We don’t want you to flip out, but historically, the Ford Bronco has had a high rollover risk. The Bronco II came out in 1984 and had so many rollover deaths that Geico refused to cover it. But things have changed, and the new Ford Bronco is here and should be much safer.
What is the Ford Bronco rollover risk?
The Ford Bronco has a pretty low rollover risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), the Bronco earned three out of five stars during the rollover resistance test.
This rating applies to the two-door and four-door models. The vehicle didn’t tip during the test and has a rollover risk of 25.60 percent. This isn’t far from the Jeep Wrangler, which also got three out of five stars and has a 27.90 percent.
The rollover resistance test measures stability in a loss of control scenario. For example, it’s based on what happens if you’re driving at 55 mph around a sharp curve and realize you’re traveling too fast. Your vehicle could depart and roll over.
Also, the Static Stability Factor (SSF) determines how top-heavy a vehicle is based on how well it performs during certain driving maneuvers. This determines how vulnerable the vehicle is to tipping during a severe maneuver.
How safe is the Bronco?
The Ford Bronco earned pretty high safety scores from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), but it isn’t a top safety pick. It earned a ‘Good’ score in most crash simulations, which is the highest score possible.
During the small overlap test, the Bronco didn’t flip over. However, the Jeep Wrangler did. The Wrangler got a Marginal score in this test area but protected the test dummies from injuries.
The Bronco got a Marginal score for its ability to protect the driver’s lower leg and foot during this test.
Also, the Bronco earned a Good score for its roof strength, curb weight, peak force, and weight-to-strenght-ratio. The Bronco has a 4.34 strength-to-weight ratio, while the Wrangler comes in at 5.34.
The Bronco got an Acceptable rating for its overall evaluation and dynamic rating for its head restraints and seats. This measures how well the spine is protected during collisions.
The child seat anchors got an Acceptable score because the lower anchors are too deep in the seat, and the tether anchor could be confused with other equipment.
What safety features come standard with the Bronco?
Surprisingly, the 2022 Ford Bronco doesn’t have many standard safety features. You can opt for forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, lane feature warning, parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera.
But you get driving features such as hill-start assist, hill descent control, trailer sway damping, and trail turn assist. The top-spec Lux package adds evasive steering assist and adaptive cruise control.
The Bronco might not be the safest SUV available, but it has excellent safety scores. It has a lower rollover risk than the Jeep Wrangler, but most rivals provide standard safety features.
Typically boxy SUVs with a high center of gravity have a higher risk of flipping over. However, the Bronco is wide and stable.