Jeep Wrangler v. Ford Bronco: Two Icons Go Head to Head
After spending 25 years off the assembly line, the Ford Bronco is back to give the Jeep Wrangler a little healthy competition. While the 2021 Bronco pays its respects to its predecessors with its boxy and rugged proportions, the Jeep Wrangler remains true to itself while adding loads of convenience and technology features. Even though the Jeep Wrangler’s reputation speaks for itself, here is how the model compares when pitted against the all-new Bronco.
Let’s get the important facts out of the way first: the Jeep Wrangler is currently in its fourth generation, with the latest revamp introduced in 2018. Upgrades have only improved since the fourth generation was introduced, with Jeep adding even more enhancements, including a plug-in hybrid powertrains, as well as a V8 engine option too.
When it comes to everyday drivability, both models are pretty much even because they both use a rugged body-on-frame platform as their foundation. A body-on-frame platform means improved ground clearance, giving these vehicles a leg up on more conventional unibody crossover SUVs. One key difference between the Wrangler and Bronco is that the Wrangler is outfitted with solid front axles, giving drivers an exceptional advantage when off-roading – a feature that’s been tried and tested throughout the course of Jeep’s 80-year storied history.
Ford’s engine options are no match for the Jeep Wrangler. The Bronco has a few turbocharged engines and comes standard with four-wheel drive. Buyers have a standard four-cylinder engine that’s capable of producing up to 300 horsepower to begin with, while a seven-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission is for the mating. However, the Jeep wrangler on the other hand, offers consumers a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 along with a wider range of powertrains. The entry-level V6 generates 285 horsepower and can be mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also opt for a Wrangler powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a turbodiesel V6, a plug-in hybrid variant, or a powerful HEMI V8 engine as well. The possibilities are endless.
The years may come and go, but the Jeep Wrangler retains its iconic rugged aesthetic. Instantly recognizable are the Wrangler’s famed seven-slot grille, along with its flat body panels and pronounced fenders. Owners can remove the doors, the windshield, even the roof all while customizing their vehicles with plenty of aftermarket parts. The Bronco borrows very little from its classic design, aiming for a contemporary look instead. Ford did beat the aftermarket to the punch and introduced plenty of factory parts to allow for further customization of its Bronco model.
When it’s time to hit the trails, both models come standard with available locking differentials, two-speed transfer cases, all-terrain tires, skid plates and more. Both automakers offer numerous packages that add even more off-road equipment. For 2022, Jeep added the Xtreme Recon package on its Rubicon and Willys trims, including more aggressive tires and a raised ride height. Ford answered this specific challenge with the Sasquatch Package, also adding oversized tires and off-road equipment.
Overall, both SUVs can tackle any terrain, but why go with the new, when the classic Jeep Wrangler has proven its worth time and time again. Not only is the Jeep Wrangler a classic, it also repeatedly ranks high when it comes to value retention. The Bronco is merely an SUV entering the off-road segment, while the Jeep Wrangler has perfected it.
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