The Ford Bronco Sport is poised to take a next-level off-road ability to the unibody crossover, especially in Badlands and First Edition trims. But the not everyone will use or need the most capable version of the crossover, making the Ford Bronco Sport Outer Banks a great choice.
The Outer Banks gets a more blacked out look with a black roof and standard 18-inch Ebony Black-painted wheels. These are wrapped in a 225/60R18 all-season tire, rather than the all-terrain rubber on the Badlands and First Edition models. That being said, the Bronco Sport comes from the factory as one of the most off-road capable crossovers in it’s class with five terrain specific G.O.A.T modes and standard all-wheel-drive.
The Ford Bronco Sport Outer Banks is powered by a 181 hp, 190 lbs-ft of torque 1.5 liter EcoBoost three cylinder engine, a 64 hp deficit to the four cylinder found in the upper level off-road trims.
The Bronco Sport Outer Banks suffers a slight loss in towing compared to the higher trims, too. It achieves 2,000 pounds max towing, or 200 pounds less than the Badlands and First Edition models. It also takes a 0.9 inch hit in ground clearance (7.9 inches), and is 1.2 inches shorter overall (70.3 inches). Still, you get 0.1 inch more ground clearance and overall height than on the Base and Big Bend models, but this is likely only down to the larger 18 inch wheels.
It does come nicely equipped on the inside, though. Outer Banks models get standard heated leather seats and steering wheel, 6.5-inch digital instrument panel, 8 inch Sync 3 touchscreen, Ford CoPilot 360 safety tech, rain sensing wipers, remote start, and more. Ford hasn’t yet said what options the different Bronco Sport trims have available, but we do know there are over 100 factory accessories. The Bronco Sport’s boxy appearance also gives it great practicality despite its small size.
Note: Ford is yet to release images of the Bronco Sport in Outer Banks trim.
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Had a 1974 Bronco, best vehicle I’ve ever owned. Had it for 9 years don’t know why I sold it!