Ford Bronco Expeditions and Adventures

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Car and Driver puts a 2-door Bronco First Edition through it’s paces

Photography » Marc Urbano (Source » Car and Driver)

Photography » Marc Urbano (Source » Car and Driver)

» Pros

  • On-road performance
  • Off-road performance
  • Looks

» Cons

  • Interior noise at speed
  • Substandard gas mileage
  • Limited range
  • Cartoonish instruments
  • Expected a nicer interior for a $60k vehicle

» Conclusion

  • Jeep has competition

Dave Venderwerp, Car and Driver »

Even among off-road brutes, the Bronco’s efficiency is substandard. This is the rare gas vehicle that, in many trims, gets the same EPA fuel economy on the highway as in the city. Broncos with the V-6 wearing the 35s are labeled at 17 mpg city and highway. We got 18 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy loop, which equates to just 300 miles of range, both poor results and worse than every Wrangler we’ve tested save one, a two-door 2.0T Rubicon.

After the time-altering leap, plus slogging through bumper-deep water, scaling mud-slicked rock faces, and making some awful scraping noises while the underbody skid plates did their thing, what impresses us most about Ford’s reimagined Bronco is that it’s a friendly and refined softy—particularly on the road, where the majority of buyers will be driving most of the time. Don’t tune out and let its greatness pass you by.

Photography » Marc Urbano (Source » Car and Driver)

Photography » Marc Urbano (Source » Car and Driver)

MotorTrend tests the 2021 Bronco Outer Banks

Photographer » William Walker (Source » Motor Trend)

Photographer » William Walker (Source » Motor Trend)

» Conclusion » Perfect? Not by a long shot. But the Bronco is a worthy competitor. 

» Cons »

  • Noisy roof – Excessive wind noise at highway speeds
  • Longer braking distance when compared to some Wranglers

» Equal

  • Acceleration numbers are about the same for both the Bronco Outer Banks and the Wrangler Sahara – These are not drag racing vehicles
  • Outer Banks’ tires geared towards on-road driving

» Pros

  • Easier to drive

Jonny Lieberman, MotorTrend »

One big complaint about the new Ford Bronco is the wind noise that comes through the multipiece roof. Even with the optional Sound Deadening Headliner (which our example featured), at right around 70 mph the cabin sounds as if the windows are open. During a phone call while driving, the person on the other end asked if it was raining. Another person who came along for a ride—and who has a Bronco on order—asked, “Are you kidding me?” “Unacceptable” is a bit too strong of a word here, but there is a lot of room for improvement.
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TFL take the Bronco, Wrangler, and Defender off-road and are forced to abandon the Defender

TFL take the Bronco First Edition (with the Sasquatch package), the Wrangler Rubicon 4XE plug-in electric hybrid, and very expensive Defender up the Red Cone trail (Google Maps), a rather challenging, high clearance, off-highway vehicle mountain trail in Colorado. And in short order, they are forced to abandon the Defender in the woods.

One of the important takeaways from the video is that proper wheels and tires are important when going (smaller (steel) rims shodded with higher aspect ratio sidewalls would have helped)

Video » Roadshow calls the 2021 Ford Bronco a “Legit Jeep Slayer”

» Smarter Choice. Hardcore. Legit Jeep Slayer.

Chris Paukert, CNET’s Roadshow »

It would’ve been easy for the Blue Oval to copy the 4×4 formula long adhered to by the Wrangler and various other hardcore SUVs that have come and gone — including Ford’s original 1966 Bronco. That stone-tablet blueprint calls for simple body-on-frame construction, solid axles front and rear, a removable roof and doors and recirculating-ball steering. Indeed, the 2021 Bronco has a separate body and ladder-style truck chassis, as well as a detachable roof and doors. However, Ford decided to go with an independent front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Both of these technologies are known for better control, precision and refinement, albeit at a higher cost and with relative question marks around durability (and, in the case of IFS, ultimate off-road wheel articulation).

In light of these design decisions, it’d be fair to wonder aloud if Ford elected to gear the Bronco more toward on-road polish than ultimate off-road capability. As I’d come to learn over the course of two packed days at Ford’s new Off-Roadeo driving camp, however, to doubt Ford’s engineers would be to make a very bad bet. This Bronco is truly formidable in the rough stuff and it’s also significantly better to live with on a daily basis.

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Chris Paukert’s video review below »

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Fourth Bronco Off-Roadeo venue will be at the Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, New Hampshire

Bronco Off-Roadeo New Hampshire

Bronco Off-Roadeo New Hampshire

Originally established in 1937, Gunstock Mountain Resort became the first resort with a ski lift in the Eastern United States. It has undergone many improvements the last eighty years and now boasts of year-round recreation including concerts, mountain biking, zipline tours, an aerial treetop adventure, and off-road Segway tours.  

With the addition of the Bronco Off Roadeo, Gunstock will add miles of purpose-built trails, a basecamp designed for Bronco enthusiasts, and access to scenic landscape. Bronco owners will be treated to soaring forested land and Lake Winnipesaukee, the state’s largest bed of water, all 90 minutes outside of Boston.

Owners of an all-new Bronco are invited for these events where the Off-Roadeo professional trail guides help owners build the foundational skills and teach what’s needed to take full advantage of the Bronco and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Video » Bronco Off-Roadeo Texas Review

Bronco Off-Roadeo is an off-roading and outdoor adventure park — with four destinations located across the United States — with experiences that build customer confidence, expand their skills, and encourage them to get outdoors. Designed to teach, challenge, and excite both novices and experts, Bronco Off-Roadeo introduces customers into the world of Bronco, and celebrates the great outdoors and adventure-seeking lifestyle that is possible with the new Bronco.

Brett Foote, Ford Authority »

On day two, we didn’t waste any time, hopping into our Broncos and hitting a more difficult section of the trail with plenty of confidence. I watched as a few novices struggled with a few admittedly hairy obstacles, but all were able to overcome them with a little instruction and those aforementioned hero buttons. Day two featured a ton of rock crawling – including two particularly challenging sections – though none of them phased my non-Sasquatch four-door Badlands model one bit.

The Bronco Off-Roadeo Texas was, without a doubt, one of the best automotive experiences I’ve enjoyed in some time. Above all, it was inspiring to see people who had never been off-road in their lives master the basics in such a short period of time, then confidently climb up rocky cliffs they might have never otherwise attempted. It’s also a fantastic way for Ford to sell more Broncos, as almost every non-order holder in my group said that they plan on reserving one now, even if they have to wait two years to get it.

Ford Bronco’s introductory video below »

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