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By Noah Brown
The new 2022 Ford Bronco comes standard with a full suite of ADAS features and are posed to be serious competition for Jeep.
For the last couple of decades, Jeep has been the undisputed king of American off-roading vehicles. However, as it has done with its EVs in going after Tesla, Ford is gunning for Jeep’s crown.
Revived in 2021 after a nearly two-and-a-half decade layoff, the Bronco is Ford’s first foray back into the realm of true off-roading in quite some time. Every trim level of the Bronco comes standard with all-wheel drive, and its starting price tag of $32,395 keeps it competitive among other off-road models in its same class.
“Not only is the Bronco a cool and capable off-roader, but it’s also surprisingly satisfying to drive every day,” Car and Driver says, describing it as “a better daily driver than a Jeep Wrangler” and “configurable for a multitude of tastes.”
Though it has only been available since June 2021, the Bronco has already captured a very respectable 23 percent share of the midsize off-road SUV market in Q1 2022. According to Ford Authority, the Bronco sold 23,573 units to start the year compared to the Jeep Wrangler’s 45,551 and Toyota 4Runner’s 34,907.
Performance and Specs
Ford already has seven trim levels available for the Bronco, starting with its base two-door model priced at the aforementioned $32,395. The model’s most decked-out trim level, the Everglades, include factory-installed features such as a snorkel, front bumper-mounted winch and the Sasquatch off-road package, starts at $53,000. More recently, the automaker also announced a souped-up Raptor variant with a 3.0L V6 engine that starts at $68,500.
The Base model comes standard with a 2.3L four-cylinder EcoBoost engine and a 7-speed manual transmission on its two-door variant, while the four-door gets a 10-speed automatic. The Bronco is carried by 16-inch silver-painted steel wheels with all-wheel drive and an anti-lock brake system on all wheels.
Both two- and four-door variants are rated to tow 3500 pounds. The Base model with the four-cylinder engine gets 20 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, while its V6 counterpart gets 17 mpg on both.
Safety, Features and Tech
The Bronco comes standard with a full suite of ADAS features such as forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist and automated emergency brakes. The four-door variant received a four-star rating on frontal crashes from the NHTSA, while both the four-door and two-door received only a three-star rating on rollovers. Neither have received a total rating.
The Base model comes standard with a removable roof and doors and three drive modes “to fit your driving condition” according to the Ford website. Every model except the Raptor is able to upgrade to the Sasquatch package, which features 35-inch tires, electric-locking axles, fender flares and more.
Every Bronco comes standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot system and its Sync 4 in-dash infotainment software.
Main Image: Ford
Article Credit to ADAPT Automotive.
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