The 2021 Ford Bronco is a true off-roader. A perfect contender for the Jeep Wrangler, the Bronco boasts features purpose-crafted for conquering the outdoors. Ford designed the Bronco to combine the “toughness of an F-series” and “spirit of a Mustang.”
We think they nailed it. The new Bronco brings style cues from its classic namesake while still offering modern amenities. All in a rugged package.
2021 Bronco Specs
Below are the specs for both the 2-door and 4-door Bronco models. Its smaller cousin, the Bronco Sport, offers the same vibe but in a smaller package. We compare the Bronco Sport and Bronco here, if you want to learn more about the differences between the two.
2021 Ford Bronco Specs
|Specs||2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door||2021 Ford Bronco 4-Door|
|Engine||2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder or 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6||2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder or 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6|
|Horsepower||300 hp, 330 hp ||300 hp, 330 hp |
|Torque||325 lb-ft, 415 lb-ft||325 lb-ft, 415 lb-ft |
|Transmission||7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic||7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic|
|Length (Base)||173.7 inches||189.4 inches|
|Width (Base, Mirrors Folded)||75.9 inches||75.9 inches|
|Height (Base)||71.9 inches||73.0 inches|
|Wheelbase||100.4 inches||116.1 inches|
|Ground Clearance||8.4 inches / 11.6 inches (35-inch tires)||8.3 inches / 11.5 inches (35-inch tires)|
|Approach Angle||35.5 degrees / 43.2 degrees (35-inch tires)||35.5 degrees / 43.2 degrees (35-inch tires)|
|Breakover Angle||21.1 degrees / 29.0 degrees (35-inch tires)||20.0 degrees / 26.3 degrees (35-inch tires)|
|Departure Angle||29.8 degrees / 37.2 degrees (35-inch tires)||29.7 degrees / 37.0 degrees (35-inch tires)|
|Water Fording Depth||33.5”||33.5”|
|Suspension Travel (Front/Rear, mm)||200/215 (Base), 240/261 (Badlands)||200/215 (Base), 240/261 (Badlands)|
|Curb Weight||4,319-5,129 pounds||4,499-5,320 pounds|
|Max Towing Capacity||3,500 lbs||3,500 lbs|
|Max Payload||1,170 lbs||1,370 lbs|
|Cargo Space (Seats Up)||52.3 cubic feet||77.6 cubic feet|
|Cargo Space (Seats Folded)||23.6 cubic feet||35.6 cubic feet|
|MPG||20 city/ 22 hwy/ 21 comb (2.3 L), 18 city/20 hwy/19 comb (2.7 L)||20 city/ 22 hwy/ 21 comb (2.3 L), 17 city/18 hwy/17 comb (2.7 L)|
The 2-door Bronco starts at $29,995, just under $30,000. This is a very competitive price in the market. But most people won’t walk out the door with that price. With a fully-loaded model plus additional dealership accessories, the out-the-door price can easily top $60,000. See below for trim-specific pricing.
2021 Ford Bronco Trims
|Trim||Slogan||2-Door Base MSRP||4-Door Base MSRP|
|Base||“The Bare-Bones Bronco”||$28,500||$33,200|
|Big Bend||“Mainstream Off-Roading”||$33,385||$35,880|
|Black Diamond||“Adventure Off-Roading”||$36,050||$38,545|
|Outer Banks||“Off-Roading in Style”||$38,955||$41,450|
|First Edition||“Reserve Now Before They Sell Out”||$59,305||$63,500|
Bronco’s Exterior Features
The two-door Bronco is the halo model of the family. It bears the shape of its predecessors, paying tribute to its legacy. However, the four-door Bronco is more practical for many buyers. It will be the first-ever four-door Bronco model in Ford’s history.
The combination of modern style and classic shape has garnered a positive response. And we’d have to agree, it’s a good-looking vehicle. Even before being outfitted with some equipment.
"Offers a true open-air experience"
The Bronco also features removable doors. The only other vehicle that offers this is the Jeep Wrangler. The Bronco 4-door can even stow all four of its doors in the rear cargo area. Body-mounted mirrors mean you can take the doors off without losing rear visibility, unlike the Wrangler.
There are options to take the roof off or use a mesh shade, called a “Bimini Top.” This offers a true open-air experience and aids visibility during off-roading. There’s also no center beam across the top area. When the Bronco has the roof off, the view is completely unobstructed.
The 2021 Bronco launched with 11 different exterior paint color options.
First Edition models were also available in Lightning Blue
2021 Bronco Paint Colors
|Cyber Orange Pearl Metallic
|Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
Sample colors are for representative purposes and may not accurately portray actual paint color due to screen settings, metallic finish, etc.
The Bronco’s Interior Comforts
The Bronco’s interior is stylish, but focused on utility. The rugged cabin includes a center console grab handle and the option for a washout interior for easy cleaning. Automatic versions use a traditional gear lever, instead of a rotary knob like the Bronco Sport.
The dashboard is streamlined, with a touchscreen that actually sits flush instead of appearing stuck-on. SYNC 4 is standard on all models. The large 12-inch touchscreen is optional, with an 8-inch screen serving as standard.
Rugged toggle switches sit at the top of the dashboard. Ford calls them “Off-Road Hero Switches.” Apart from operating the hazard lights, they can be used to control various off-road functions (such as the sway bar disconnect).
Available trail maps can be downloaded right to the infotainment system. You can even document the details of a trail and share it with friends and family. Both the 360-degree camera and trail cameras aid immensely with off-road driving.
There’s class-exclusive hidden storage under the second row. Plus, you can get available MOLLE straps or hooks on the back of the front seats. An optional rear tailgate table gives you a great place to put gear or have a meal out on the trail.
Bronco Engine Specifications
The 2021 Bronco has two engine options: 2.3- and 2.7-liter EcoBoost engines. Many were disappointed about the absence of a V8 option, it’s hard to argue with the benefits of EcoBoost engines. Plenty of power and torque with solid MPG ratings.
2021 Bronco Engine Specs
|Specs||2.3-liter EcoBoost Turbo 4-Cylinder||2.7-liter EcoBoost Twin-Turbo V6
|Bore x Stroke
||3.45” x 3.7” (87.55 mm x 94 mm)
||3.27” x 3.27” (83 mm x 83 mm)
||Port fuel/direct injection
|Engine Block Material
||High-pressure die cast aluminum alloy
||Compacted graphite iron
||Intake: 32.55 mm/ 8.9 mm
Exhaust: 30 mm/ 7.8 mm
|Intake: 32.50 mm/ 10 mm
Exhaust: 28.30 mm/ 9.0 mm
||Direct acting mechanical bucket
||Roller finger follower, hydraulic compensating lash adjusters
||Twin-scroll turbocharger with electrically actuated wastegate
||Dual mono-scroll turbochargers with electrically actuated wastegate
Transmission, Transfer Case, and Axles
The 10-speed automatic is available with any trim and either engine. It includes Trail Control and has better fuel economy. But the 7-speed Getrag manual transmission is only available with the 2.3L EcoBoost engine.
While a lot of people were disappointed that you couldn’t upgrade the engine and get the manual, it’s hard to argue with the automatic’s track record. Both transmissions are great options.
Transmission Gear Ratios
|Gear||7-Speed Manual||10-Speed Automatic
All Broncos will come with a 4x4 as a standard feature. But there are two options for 4WD system.
The standard system is a part-time 4WD with electronic shift-on-the-fly. But an optional advanced system with automatic on-demand engagement is also available. You can select either of these transfer cases regardless of which transmission you select, but your choice of transmission will affect your crawl ratio.
Bronco Transfer Case Specs
|Spec||Standard 4WD||Optional Advanced System
||2.72:1 low ratio
||3.06:1 low ratio
|Maximum Crawl Ratios
||7-speed manual: 79.92:1
10-speed automatic: 57.19:1
|7-speed manual: 94.75:1
10-speed automatic: 67.80:1
The Bronco has a solid rear axle and an independent front suspension. IFS has proven its off-road capabilities, and incorporating it lets the Bronco have a higher off-road speed. While that might not matter to rock crawlers, some people prefer a little speed when they’re off-roading.
The standard Dana axles are available with both front and rear locking differentials.
2021 Bronco Axle Specs
||Dana AdvanTEK M190 independent front suspension
||Dana 44 AdvanTEK M220 solid rear differential
||Dana AdvanTek M210 independent front suspension with Spicer Performa-TraK electronic locker
||Dana 44 AdvanTEK M220 solid rear differential with Spider Performa-TraK electronic locker
Off-Roading in the Bronco
The Bronco comes equipped with a fair amount of equipment designed to take it outside. A H.O.S.S. (High-Performance, Off-Road, Stability, Suspension) comes standard. A more advanced H.O.S.S. system with position-sensitive Bilstein shocks is optional. This is similar to the systems used by trucks that race at Baja and King of the Hammers.
A hydraulically-operated stabilizing bar disconnect (front sway bar) is optional. It can be electronically disconnected, like the Wrangler Rubicon’s. However, unlike the Jeep, it can be disconnected while under load. After you’ve conquered your obstacle it can reconnect using smart technology.
All Broncos come standard with at least five selectable terrain modes. There are up to seven G.O.A.T. modes (Go Over Any type of Terrain) total, including Normal, Mud/Ruts, Rock Crawling, Slippery, Sand, Baja, and ECO.
Both the 2- and 4-door Broncos have an available best-in-class ground clearance of 11.6 inches. You’ll have to buy the Sasquatch Package to obtain that though. The same is true for the available best-in-class max breakover and departure angle.
Love Your Bronco
The numbers don’t lie. There’s a lot to love about the sixth-generation Bronco. And these specs? Only cover what the Bronco comes stock with. Just like Jeeps and other off-road vehicles, Broncos can be modified to become the perfect beast for any terrain.
If you’ve just gotten a new Bronco and aren’t sure where to start building it out, then check out some other Bronco owners’ favorite accessories and make sure to sign up for our Bronco newsletter.
Source: 2021 Ford Bronco Brochure, Ford | 2021 Ford Bronco Tech Specs, Ford
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