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Ford Bronco

The resurrected Bronco has clearly been designed to compete with the iconic Jeep Wrangler. We found the boxy Bronco to be a superior daily-driver to the Jeep in many ways, with better handling and a more comfortable ride, yet like the Jeep it’s an immensely-capable off-roader.
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Ford Bronco Road Test

The resurrected Bronco has clearly been designed to compete with the iconic Jeep Wrangler. We found the boxy Bronco to be a superior daily-driver to the Jeep in many ways, with better handling and a more comfortable ride, yet like the Jeep it’s an immensely-capable off-roader. Unusually long stopping distances in our testing, underwhelming fuel economy, and elevated wind noise compromise its road-test score compared to most other mainstream two-row midsized SUVs, although it’s competitive when viewed against off-road-capable models such as the Toyota 4Runner, Land Rover Defender, and Wrangler.

We tested an Outer Banks trim with the optional 315-horsepower, 2.7-liter turbocharged V6. This engine provides plenty of giddyup, including a gutsy midrange punch, and the Bronco galloped from 0 to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds, which is pretty quick for such a heavy SUV. The 10-speed automatic transmission upshifts smoothly, but some downshifts come with a slight jolt. Fuel economy was less impressive, the Bronco managing just 18 mpg overall in our testing. A 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 275 hp comes standard, available with either a seven-speed manual transmission or the 10-speed automatic. All Broncos come with four-wheel drive.

Despite its burly body-on-frame construction and suspension designed with off-roading in mind, the Bronco rides reasonably well, only feeling overly stiff and jiggly on bumpy back roads. Handling agility isn’t a strong suit, but it tracks better in a straight line than the wandering Wrangler, and it was predictable and forgiving—albeit with low limits—when pushed hard around our test track.

Best Version to Get
There are several different ways you can outfit your Bronco, depending on how you plan to use it. For everyday commuting needs, we’d go for a four-door in the Outer Banks trim and get the optional hardtop. The Outer Banks is one of the more on-road-friendly Bronco trims, thanks to quieter street-or...
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4-door SUV Outer Banks V6-cyl 10-speed Automatic
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