1 Major Difference Between the 2023 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport
In recent years, the Ford Bronco has proven to be a consumer favorite. Thanks to all of its standard and available off-roading equipment, it’s really the only car in its class on par with the Jeep Wrangler. It also shares the same shape, plus you can remove the doors and windows for more exciting off-road adventures.
The Ford Bronco Sport is a little less rugged, but even the base SUV has standard four-wheel drive with selectable terrain modes. It’s also a little smaller than the Bronco, but that’s not the biggest difference between the two. When it comes to trim variety, the Bronco has the Bronco Sport beat by a long shot.
How many trims does the Ford Bronco Sport offer?
According to U.S. News, the 2023 Ford Bronco Sport has six available trim levels. The Bronco Sport Base has a 181-hp turbo-three engine, plus some useful convenience features and a nicely-equipped safety suite. The Big Bend and Heritage trims offer some technology packages, and the latter is the first trim with standard all-terrain tires.
The Bronco Sport Outer Banks has a fancier interior featuring ambient interior lighting and leather seats. The Bronco Sport Badlands comes standard with the only other optional engine, a turbo-four with 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with the same eight-speed automatic transmission.
Both the Ford Bronco Sport Badlands and Limited have a special off-roading suspension and more drive modes for the 4WD system. In addition to adaptive cruise control, these models have a semi-autonomous drive mode optimized for trails. All Limited models include a tow package, allowing your Bronco Sport to pull 2,200 lbs.
Here are all the ways that you can configure your Ford Bronco
For starters, the Ford Bronco has four extra trims compared to the Bronco Sport. The Base model is arguably a better value compared to the smaller Sport because it has standard all-terrain tires and a 300-hp engine. The Black Diamond model features a locking rear differential, rubber flooring with drain plugs, and easy-to-clean vinyl seats.
The Black Diamond, Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Heritage, and Badlands trims can all be optioned with the Sasquatch package. This bundle adds things like Bilstein shocks, 35-in tires, a high-performance off-roading suspension, and locking differentials for the front and rear. The Wildtrak trim includes this package already, plus full-time 4WD and a twin-turbo 330-hp V6 engine.
The Bronco Everglades comes with a bigger bumper, roof rails, a Warn winch, and a standard snorkel. Since it also has the Sasquatch package equipped, this Bronco has a maximum water fording allowance of approximately 33.5 in. The Heritage Limited Edition builds on its Heritage trim with a few technology and interior upgrades.
The Ford Bronco Raptor is an off-roading machine with frame enhancements and 37-in tires, plus all of the Wildtrak’s standard equipment. Under its hood is a twin-turbo V6 capable of 418 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.
So many options, but is that a bad thing?
In addition to all the trim levels offered, most Bronco trims give you the option to choose between a two-door or a four-door model. Combined with all the package upgrades available, there are several different ways to customize even the Ford Bronco Base. Still, we can understand why some drivers might not be thrilled about the Bronco’s overwhelming list of options.
Things can get confusing if you’re just a casual shopper that only partakes in some light off-roading. We suspect that even hardcore Bronco lovers can’t list every feature for each corresponding trim. For fans of the one-size-fits-all approach, the Ford Bronco Sport is the better choice of the two.