The worst Ford Bronco option
According to Scotty Kilmer, or Savage Scotty, who reviews a lot of vehicles, you need to avoid the four-cylinder engine with the Ford Bronco. In his experience, six-cylinder engines last much longer than turbocharged four-cylinder engines.
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Scotty references some people who bought the Ford Explorer with the four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and they seem to have a lot of issues. Apparently, the problems occur before the vehicles reach 100k miles, and the drivers take care of their vehicles. They change the oil regularly instead of neglecting maintenance schedules.
It’s a safe bet that in the new Ford Bronco, people will run it hard and hit the gas, which could cause the engine to wear out faster. It’s difficult for a smaller engine to hold up in a larger vehicle.
Also, you want to avoid the smaller engine options if you plan on towing things. You’ll get a better gas mileage with the V6 engine because it won’t be as strained as the four-cylinder option while hauling loads.
Is this true about the Ford Explorer?
Don’t worry about watching the rest of the video, Scotty starts to ramble about various vehicles and issues. However, we put our detective hats on to see if his information about Ford engines can be validated.
Scotty didn’t mention which model year Ford Explorers have engine issues, so we went to CarComplaints, where drivers can report issues with their vehicles. The 2016 Ford Explorer has 432 engine problems listed.
People face vibrating engines, engine failure around 92k miles, surging at low speeds, random loss of power, and more. Six-cylinder engines are also noted for being more efficient for moving larger vehicles, the better choice for longer drives, and better for towing.
What is the best Ford Bronco?
Now that we know to avoid the four-cylinder Ford Bronco, which trim option is the best? For the answer to this question, you need to consider your vehicle needs. Do you want the larger four-door For Bronco to fit your family?
Do you want to go off and adventure with the two-door Ford Bronco, or do you like the compact Ford Bronco Sport? But if you go with a more substantial option, be sure to select the 2.7-liter V6 engine. You’ll have to be OK with the 10-speed automatic, though, because the seven-speed manual is currently only offered with the turbo-four.
The base model and the Big Bend trims are considered cheaper options, but still, come off-road ready. Also, the Outer Banks trim is the sportier and more luxurious option. Then the first enhanced off raiding trim is the Black Diamond, with a more rugged look, steel bumpers, skid plates, and more.
The Ford Bronco Wildtrak is the desert racing off-roading trim that critics suggest will turn into the Ford Bronco Raptor later. The Badlands Bronco is the best off-roading trim that can be enhanced with the Sasquatch off-roading package. If you would like to save, consider the off-roading Big Bend trim with a few optional grades.