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Which 2021 Ford Bronco Trim Level Is the Best for You?

The Ford Bronco has finally arrived and there’s plenty of Broncos to go around. Boasting more choices than ever before, the newest Bronco comes in seven trims that reek of nostalgia, off-road capability, and modern tech. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Ford Bronco’s many trim options.

The 2021 Ford Bronco comes back to Americans with an array of unique trims

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Ford couldn’t let the Bronco premiere back to American fans without plenty to show off for potential buyers. That’s why new Bronco buyers can choose between seven, distinct trim levels.

Each of the 2021 Ford Bronco’s trim levels comes with an intended purpose, as well as a unique name to match, according to Ford Authority. Each and every trim level comes with its own features, cost, and an accompanying nameplate that has special meaning to Bronco and Ford fans alike.

The first trim is considered the base Bronco, but from there, buyers can choose between the Bronco Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, Badlands, and First Edition.

Hoping to speak to Bronco buyers’ nostalgia and love for Ford, the brand chose clever trim names for the 2021 Ford Bronco. The Bronco Big Bend, for example, is named both after a U.S. National Park, but also a nod to the oldest surviving Bronco that happens to be on display not far from Big Bend National Park. 

The seven trims of the newest Ford Bronco: what do you get?

The 2021 Ford Bronco base model may not come with a fancy name like the others, but with a decent starting price of around $29,000 for two-doors and $34,000 for four-doors, who needs it?

According to Ford’s website, the 2021 Bronco base model is “designed for customers who want a no-frills 4×4 SUV or for those looking to customize” the Bronco to their off-roading preferences.

Standard equipment on base models includes a part-time, four-wheel drive system and a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, paired to a seven-speed manual transmission. Other standard features on the base Bronco include 16-inch wheels with all-season tires, cloth seating, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and five “G.O.A.T” (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) driving modes.

Manual transmission comes standard on most trim levels, with a 10-speed automatic transmission and 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine considered optional on all trims except the WildTrak and the First Edition. 

The Bronco Big Bend starts around $34,000 and offers “greater comfort, technology, and convenience,” alongside its off-road capability. Owners receive all features found on the base trim, but additional standard features on the Big Bend model include LED fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17-inch aluminum wheels, privacy glass, and six G.O.A.T. modes.

The Bronco Black Diamond starts around $37,000 and adds more heavy-duty off-roading features. According to Car and Driver, the Bronco Black Diamond includes what’s offered in the Big Bend trim, but also offers standard features like additional color choices, rubberized flooring, vinyl seats, 17-inch steel wheels, heavy-duty front bumper, steel rear bumper, rock rails and heavy-duty “bash plates,” and seven G.O.A.T. modes.

Like the Black Diamond, the Bronco Outer Banks’ features are also based on the Big Bend’s base features. But with a starting price of around $40,000, the Outer Banks trim is geared more “for customers who prefer style and technology on-road and off.”

The Bronco Outer Banks features cloth seating (heated front-row), 18-inch wheels, unique color accenting, and upgraded LED headlights and taillights. This trim only receives six G.O.A.T. modes, but receives the “Mid” package as standard equipment.

This adds a variety of things like Ford’s Co-Pilot360 safety suite, enhanced voice recognition, dual-zone climate control, and remote start.

The Bronco Wildtrak comes standard with Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. The Wildtrak has a starting price of around $50,000 and is referred to as “the all-out desert runner.”

It also comes standard with the Mid package, but also the Sasquatch package, which adds 35-inch mud-terrain tires, high-clearance suspension, fender flares, and Trail Control. The Wildtrak also comes with an advanced 4×4 system, seven G.O.A.T. modes, and a Wildtrak hood graphic.

The Bronco Badlands is Ford’s ultimate off-roading Bronco. It has a starting price of around $43,000 and includes everything you’d find in the Big Bend, but features seven G.O.A.T. modes, 17-inch aluminum wheels, 33-inch all-terrain tires, a unique suspension with front stabilizer bar disconnect, a heavy-duty front bumper, and rubberized flooring.

Ford is also adding in a special edition Bronco, which will be limited to a production run of 3,500. At a starting price of around $60,000, the Bronco First Edition comes standard with everything from the Badlands trim, but the Sasquatch package and the Lux package also come standard.

The Lux package includes all features found in all other packages, including a 12-inch touchscreen display, wireless charging pad, and way more. It also features unique graphics, a black hardtop, and a leather interior.

Is there a Bronco trim that guarantees the best value?

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With so many standard features, packages, and price-points to choose from, there doesn’t seem to be a bad choice. Although the First Edition trim appears to have it all, it is also the most expensive.

For buyers looking for practicality and sticking to a budget, the base Bronco will serve as a capable SUV. For serious off-roaders, the Bronco offers a variety of features to suit any terrain and adventure, whether buyers choose the Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, or Badlands.