What’s the Difference Between the 2021 Ford Bronco and the Bronco Sport?

Some might think that the brand-new Ford Bronco is the most overhyped SUV, but you can’t deny that the Bronco is iconic. There might not be a V8 option at this time, but the new family of Bronco SUVs is still pretty exciting. We have the brand new 2021 Ford Bronco to look forward to as well as the first-ever Ford Bronco Sport. But, what’s the difference between these models?

Bronco style elements

Over twenty years later and the Ford Bronco begins where it left off﹣as a body-on-frame SUV that’s beautifully rugged. Now, the Bronco is available either as a two-door or as a weightier four-door model. Both of these body styles will feature removable roofs, doors, and windows that take direct aim at Jeep’s Wrangler

On the flip side, the Bronco Sport aims for the smaller Jeep vehicle options, such as the Jeep Renegade crossover. The Bronco Sport is the Bronco’s cute kid brother. With the Bronco Sport, you get the same rugged exterior style and adventurous nature as the larger Bronco SUV. However, the Bronco and the Bronco Sport answer completely different performance needs.

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Performance and capability 

The Bronco is an off-road-oriented model that features two different potent engine options. Standard Bronco models get a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four that produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. For more oomph, you can opt for the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 that generates 310-hp and 400 lb-ft.  

A 10-speed automatic complements both engine options, but critics have explicitly praised the Bronco for its optional seven-speed manual. Although, the catch is that its manual transmission is only available with the smaller engine. Broncos come standard with a four-wheel-drive system with all-wheel-drive available as an option. There are also many available equipment enhancements available on the new Bronco, including 35-inch mud-terrain tires and electronic locking front and rear differentials.

If you still want an off-road-ready vehicle but don’t need as much performance capability, then the Bronco Sport is probably the better fit for you. The Bronco Sport comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 181-hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 275 horses and 275 lb-ft of torque is available on the upper-level Badlands, and First Edition trims. The Badlands trim will be especially appealing to you if you would like more off-roading equipment. What’s also pretty cool is that the Bronco Sport is suitable for a roof-tent camping trip. 

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One the side

2021 Ford Bronco interior view out to the desert
2021 Ford Bronco dash view | Ford Media

The Bronco and the Bronco Sport have a little more in common on the inside. Both come standard with a handsome, durable interior that you can upgrade with leather upholstery. The two models also offer modern infotainment systems that come with desirable features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, the Bronco features Ford’s latest Sync 4 software, while the Bronco Sport will have Ford’s 3 software. 

Summing it all up

As you can see, the Bronco and Bronco Sport are entirely different models. The Bronco starts at $29,995, and the Bronco Sport also has an affordable starting price of $28,000. Both of these models are adventure-ready, but ultimately the Bronco is what you want if high-performance is your main priority.