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)
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. Continue reading
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)
It’s a fantastic looking machine. It’s a tricky and treacherous job raising an iconic vehicle from the dead and putting it in a modern context. The new Bronco is right on the money, perfectly integrating the truck’s modern mission while preserving what it must have felt like to see it for the first time in 1965. The styling is so good, it barely needs mentioning. It’s just unquestionably a Bronco. Like it never left.
No matter what hill you call home in the off-roading world, Ford deserves (and has already gotten) some real applause for this deeply considered truck. When a superstar comes back to life it’s quite an achievement, but the mission here seems bigger than just recreating history. After all, if this really was 1965 all over again, Jeep would hardly even notice this shot directly across its bow. The Bronco is here to compete. And while high stakes one-upmanship doesn’t always make for good art, it has often made for some of our greatest automobiles. And Ford may have already gotten its answer: Just days before the first round of Bronco reviews were set to publish, Jeep announced that the Wrangler Rubicon will now be available with 35-inch tires, matching the Sasquatch Bronco—and an optional 4.56 gear package gives the Rubicon a crawl ratio that beats Bronco’s by something like 2 percent.
Ford unveiled its new “family” of Bronco SUVs Monday night, including two- and four-door models as well as a smaller Bronco Sport SUV. The Bronco models are squarely positioned against Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep brand.
The Bronco, according to Credit Suisse, would contribute nearly $1 billion to Ford’s North American operations if sales reach 125,000 units.
Bronco Expeditions and Adventures. Getting there is half the fun.