Ford Bronco Sport Impresses Off-Road Where Wrangler Struggles, But Why?

People who criticized Ford for slapping the legendary “Mustang” badge on an electric SUV probably raised eyebrows again when “Bronco” was used for a unibody crossover. While the boxy Bronco Sport doesn’t have the all-terrain chops of its truck-based big brother, new footage shows it can defend itself in tough terrain.

Not just any terrain, but the grueling 6.5 mile Hell’s Revenge trail in Moab, Utah where the full-sized Bronco has been spotted several times in recent days. The adjacent new video posted by FreeWheelin Overland sure Youtube shows a Bronco Sport in the Badlands specification going up a hill with moderate effort as it was not able to climb rocks on its first attempt.

After patiently waiting in line, the Jeep Wrangler lifted into unlimited flavor with no front doors then tried to do the same, but it took a lot longer to complete the course. Blame it on the over-inflated tires and / or the driver’s lack of skill, but the JL Rubicon had some serious problems making its way up the hill. Watch the video until the very end and you will see that the Jeep has finally taken over.

To go to the conclusion that the video puts the Jeep in a bad light would be fundamentally wrong because there is more to it than the vehicle itself. Those tires don’t feel airy and that certainly has a negative impact on performance, and while we’re not off-road experts, the Wrangler should have gotten over the obstacle without much effort.

As for the Bronco Sport, the video shows that the Badlands trim is indeed “at the peak of the Bronco Sport’s capabilities,” as Ford describes it. It costs from $ 32,660 and offers 8.8 inches of ground clearance provided it rides on the optional 29-inch A / T tires. That’s an improvement of one inch over the Base and Big Bend models and 0.9 inch over the Outer Banks.

The Badlands also have significantly better approach, tip, and departure angles, as well as maximum fording capabilities in the water than the lower trim levels. It’s still not a big Bronco, but as long as you’re not an off-road enthusiast, the Sport version should suffice in the vast majority of situations.

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