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The 2021 Ford Bronco Is Perfect for Off-Road Beginners

The idea of off-roading can be a little intimidating for drivers who have never tried it. Even if your car is equipped with four-wheel drive, it may not be ready for rock-crawling and fording large streams. For these activities, you’ll need an SUV with special off-roading equipment. An SUV like the Ford Bronco.

For a long time, the Jeep Wrangler was the car to buy if you wanted to get into off-roading. There have been a few trucks that have proven their merits off the track like the Toyota Tacoma. The upcoming Ford Bronco also has so many extra off-roading features that even beginners won’t have much difficulty on unpaved trails, according to MotorTrend.

All the Ford Bronco’s off-roading equipment

First off, the Bronco will have more maximum ground clearance than its rivals, up to 11.6 inches. It can also be purchased with 35-inch tires, locking differentials for both ends of the vehicle, and dampers specialized for large bumps. For tight turns off the beaten path, you may want to add on the Trail Turn Assist.

The Ford Bronco also has an anti-roll bar with several different shields protecting it from the elements. It can also have rock rails, tow hooks, and even more coverage for the radius-arm mounts and rear dampers. After you’re back home, cleaning the inside of the Bronco is a breeze thanks to its optional drain holes.

A special feature for newbies

The Ford Bronco has also borrowed a function normally used by EVs: one-pedal driving. The driver controls the car using only the accelerator pedal, losing speed naturally as they lift their foot off the pedal. The deceleration on these vehicles is much higher than you would experience on their gas-operated counterparts.

Many new off-roaders don’t know when to apply the brakes on different terrain, which is where one-pedal driving kicks in. When the driver steps off the gas, it automatically engages the brakes and configures the drive mode settings as needed. The Bronco’s special off-roading modes include Sand, Slippery, Rock Crawl, Baja, and Mud.

Removable roofs and doors

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Taking a page out of the Wrangler’s book, you can also remove certain components of the 2021 Ford Bronco. Depending on which trim you choose, you can pick between two removable hardtops and as well as a soft-top option. Thanks to its liftable rear portion, the soft top option is best for those with a lot of cargo.

Each roof is easily removed via quarter-turn latches, and popping off the doors is also a hassle-free process. Roll down the windows, unplug the connectors, and remove one bolt each from the removable hinges. The Bronco’s side mirrors are attached to its body, so you’ll still have them even without the doors.

Customizing your 2021 Ford Bronco

A broad range of accessories can be added to the Ford Bronco, like roof racks, bead-lock wheels, tubular doors, and more. Additionally, the Bronco will have over 40 interior and exterior bolts that drivers can use to equip their own items. Drivers can also get access to a slide-out table in the cargo area and different grille designs.

Rough-ready powertrain options

The base Bronco is powered by a turbo 2.3-liter inline-four capable of 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful option is a twin-turbo V6 that can produce 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Both of these can be paired with a ten-speed automatic or a seven-speed manual transmission.

This manual transmission has a gear specialized for rock crawling. The Ford Bronco also has two available transfer cases, one of which has a 95:1 crawling ratio. Overall, we think that the 2021 Ford Bronco will satisfy both off-roading beginners and old pros alike.