The all-new 2021 Ford Bronco is set to debut this coming Monday, July 13th, and aside from finally quashing all of the hype that’s building over the past year (or more), it will bring a fresh take on the burgeoning crossover segment. And while almost everyone, including us, seem to only be comparing the Bronco to the Jeep Wrangler, there are others in the category that Bronco competes with. But who are they?
No, the Toyota 4Runner is not a crossover, but it still technically competes with the forthcoming Bronco in terms of ruggedness and sheer off-road capability. While the two might not be in the same class, the 4Runner still offers prospective buyers an exceptional four-wheel-drive system, a flexible and spacious interior, and superb drivability both on and off the road. Couple all of that with an excellent pricing structure and phenomenal resale value, and we have ourselves a worthy, yet aging contender.
OK, so now we’re going off the beaten path here, but from what we can gather, the Chevrolet Colorado is technically a competitor to the Ford Bronco. We say that because the brand doesn’t have an SUV equivalent aside from Trailblazer, perhaps. Although, that SUV is just a little too small in comparison to the alleged size of the Bronco. The Chevy Colorado, on the other hand, has enough hauling, towing, off-road capability to match the Bronco and remain competitive, although it is a pick-up truck. After all, there have been many comparisons to the Jeep Gladiator, which is practically a truck.
2022 GMC Jimmy
So it’s not currently out and there is still a lot of speculation as to specifications and if it will even be produced, however, a new GMC Jimmy could be an answer to Ford’s new Bronco. According to Car and Driver, the new Jimmy would ride on the same platform as the Chevy Colorado and likely use the same V6 engine options as that truck as well. We could expect a new GMC Jimmy in the next few years, depending on if GM wants to remain competitive in this space. And considering the hype around the Bronco, as well as its projected success, we think it would be a good idea for GM to play ball.
The Dodge Durango might seem like an oddity on this list, but since the 2021 Bronco is going to come in three different body styles, we don’t think it’s too far off. The Durango is a mid-size SUV that offers seating for up to eight passengers and has a choice of V8 engines. Additionally, it offers a wealth of storage and passenger capacity as well as a great amount of off-road capability as it’s available in an all-wheel-drive configuration. While it may or may not be a direct competitor to the Bronco like the Jeep is, the Durango still offers enough equipment and value to lure potential Bronco buyers away.
There is some stiff competition
While it looks like the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator do stack up against best against the forthcoming Ford Bronco, there are other options that buyers can go with. We’re sure that the Bronco will be amazing in its own right, however, these aforementioned SUV options are sure to offer up some stiff competition.