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2021 Ford Bronco Test Drive Review: Jeep’s Worst Nightmare

Once a dominant staple in the sport utility segment, the Ford Bronco has been gone from the market since 1996. The Bronco came in many shapes and sizes during its 31-year, five-generation run, but the new Bronco, now in its sixth generation, returns with a clear purpose; dethrone the Jeep Wrangler. No automaker has dared tread on Jeep’s turf in recent years, but Ford seems determined to give buyers an alternative option for a mid-size off-road adventure vehicle.

Like its key competitor, the 2021 Ford Bronco arrives sporting two-door and four-door variants, each with removable roofs and doors. A 270-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is standard paired to a new seven-speed manual transmission (including a crawler gear) or a 10-speed automatic, but a more potent 310-hp 2.7-liter twin-turbo Eco Boost V6 delivers higher outputs and makes do with only the automatic. But whichever engine you choose, a 4×4 drivetrain is a staple. With breathtaking off-road performance, open-top thrills, and proven engines under the hood, the new Ford Bronco could give Jeep a reason to worry.

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2021 Ford Bronco Changes: What’s the difference vs 2020 Bronco?

The Ford Bronco is an all-new model, and while it was unveiled in 2020, it’s only just hitting the trails now, midway through 2021. When the Bronco was last sold in 1996, it was a 2-door full-size model built on a shortened F-150 platform. To rival the Jeep Wrangler, this latest Bronco harkens back to the nameplate’s heritage, focusing on a more compact experience for better off-road capability and less on-road comfort. There’s never been such a close Wrangler alternative in recent memory.

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