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- Noisy roof – Excessive wind noise at highway speeds
- Longer braking distance when compared to some Wranglers
- 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
- Easier to drive
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.
The Wrangler has a live front axle and recirculating-ball steering. The Bronco has independent front suspension along with rack-and-pinion steering. With the lone exception of the Jeep Wrangler 392 (the one with the V-8), it’s rarely fun to drive a Wrangler on pavement.
The 2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks is fun—silly, refreshing, and a good time. Perfect? Not by a long shot, but we’re confident people who buy the new Bronco will love their purchase. Probably exactly as much as Jeep Wrangler customers have loved their throwback off-roaders for literally decades.