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Ford’s Smaller Bronco Lineup, In Depth

With the debut of the new Bronco lineup, Ford has introduced customers to a new variety of trim level, which at first can seem a little unruly. In this piece, we will break down the 2021 Bronco Sport lineup, as well as give pricing information for each respective model, minus the $1,495 destination fee. The configurator is currently live.

Bronco Sport Base: The most basic of the Bronco Sport lineup has an MSRP starting at $26,660. That money still guarantees that your SUV will have 4×4, but it is powered by the smaller 1.5L EcoBoost engine. The sole transmission available is the eight-speed automatic, which isn’t surprising for the Sport model. The easiest way to identify a base model on the street is its blacked out grille and Bronco logo treatments up front, along with its 17-inch Sparkle Silver wheels.

2021 Bronco Sport Base
Bronco Sport Base. Photo Via Ford.

Ford hasn’t skimped out on tech for the base model either, with an eight-inch touchscreen SYNC 3 infotainment setup coming as standard equipment. With that comes a whole host of goodies like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, FordPass Connect with 4G LTE hotspot, and Ford’s Co-Pilot360 driver assistance systems. The G.O.A.T. mode drivers settings are also present on the base model, though only five of the off-roading focused modes are available in base spec.

Bronco Sport Big Bend: The Big Bend models carry a base price of $28,160. The most notable changes from the base model include the Carbonized Gray-painted grille with white Bronco lettering, a set of 17-inch Carbonized Gray-painted high-gloss aluminum wheels, and rubberized flooring for easy cleaning when you’re off the trails. That easy clean sentiment also translates to the upgraded cloth seats, which feature zippered seatback pockets with MOLLE straps for tying down cargo inside. The interior also picks up a rear center armrest and two-way manually-folding rear seats. Big Bend models see the addition of a push-button start, as well other tech upgrades like automatic climate control and SiriusXM radio as standard.

2021 Bronco Sport Big Bend
Bronco Sport Big Bend. Photo Via Ford.

Bronco Sport Outer Banks: The Outer Banks model is arguably the most road-oriented Bronco Sport model, carrying a base price of $32,160. This trim level adds a bunch of luxurious touches and style to the SUV. The grille is now finished in black, as are the 18-inch aluminum wheels, the mirrors and the roof.

The real changes take place inside however. The cloth seats have been replaced with a set of heated, leather units. The driver and passenger seats are both powered as well, offering eight-way and six-way adjustments respectively. A leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel also joins the interior, as do new features like dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting and rain-sensing wipers complete with a de-icer. On the tech front, items like an upgraded 6.5-inch digital instrument cluster screen and Ford’s reverse sensing system join the Outer Banks package.

2021 Bronco Sport Outer Banks
Bronco Sport Outer Banks. Photo Via Ford.

Bronco Sport Badlands: The most hardcore of the Bronco Sport models, the Badlands carries an MSRP starting at $32,660. Powered by the 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder, it produces a targeted best-in-class rating of 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. The motor is backed by Ford’s 8-speed automatic transmission, which features steering wheel mounted paddles exclusive to the Badlands series models.

The suspension and 4×4 system are upgraded as well, with a class-exclusive twin-clutch rear-drive unit and locking rear differential. A set of 17-inch gray painted wheels are wrapped in larger 28.5-inch tires, which help to give the SUV a more aggressive stance. Other off-roading features include the addition of metal bash plates, front tow hooks, Ford’s Trail Control system, and even a trail camera system integrated with the infotainment.

2021 Bronco Sport Badlands
Bronco Sport Badlands. Photo Via Ford.

Bronco Sport First Edition: Limited to just 2,000 units, this is the rarest of all of the new Bronco models. Starting at $38,500, it’s a bit more expensive than the Badlands model on which it is mechanically based. That said, it comes with nearly the entire catalogue of options. Outside you’ll find a gray grille with black Bronco script, as well as unique graphics on the hood and sides of the SUV. It also wears the largest rubber of the bunch, coming in at 29-inches.

Inside the First Edition features unique Navy Pier leather seats, a moonroof and a 10-speaker B&O audio system. The Class II trailering package is standard equipment for the First Edition as well, making it the most capable of all Bronco Sport models off the showroom floor. If you plan on throwing some serious cash towards a Bronco Sport, this is likely the one to get. Act fast however, as the full-size Bronco First Edition is already sold out.

2021 Bronco Sport First Edition
Bronco Sport First Edition. Photo Via Ford.

Written by Lucas Bell

Lucas holds a journalism degree from Wayne State University, and is a Automotive Press Association scholarship recipient. While an American muscle fan through and through, he once wrote a fascinating comparison review about eScooters.

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