With Ford Bronco Sport customers expected to take delivery any day now, we know almost everything about the SUV at this point. The EPA-certified fuel economy ratings for the baby Bronco’s powertrain lineup have remained a mystery however, as no information has been uploaded to their website. That said, our colleagues over at AutoBlog have managed to dig up this information from Ford’s public-facing site. Here’s what you need to know,
Through Ford’s homepage page, we can view the window stickers of various Bronco Sport models via an inventory search. These Monroneys feature the vehicle’s official EPA fuel-economy rating, despite the fact that that information has yet to be released. In base trim, the Bronco Sport carries a 1.5L turbo three-pot that produces 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. Despite the meager displacement and power figures, the engine is only able to return a rating of 25 MPG city/ 28 MPG highway, resulting in an overall rating of 25 MPG combined. The same powertrain returns 26 MPG city/ 31 MPG highway and 28 MPG combined in the all-wheel drive Ford Escape.
The Bronco Sport Badlands and First Edition models are powered by a larger 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which produces 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Like the lower trim models, this power is routed through all-four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Despite the shared hardware and significant power bump, the 2.0L doesn’t bring much of a fuel economy penalty. According to the Monroneys, the big motor Baby Bronco will return 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 23 MPG.
It seems then that there isn’t much of a gap between either Bronco Sport engine when it comes to fuel economy. This likely isn’t a huge surprise based on displacement alone, but it is interesting nonetheless. The Badlands and First Edition models are the more enthusiast based options, and their owners will make use of the extra power on tap. That said, we wonder if three-cylinder buyers will feel a bit cheated by Ford.