2021 Ford Bronco Sport vs 2020 Ford Explorer 

2021 Ford Bronco Sport vs 2020 Ford Explorer


Last year the 2020 Ford Explorer gained an onslaught of off-road specialized features that made it the Ford SUV to have for active families and avid adventurers. Well, a lot can change in a year. Our Ford Bronco vs Ford Explorer comparison showed that the all-new Ford Bronco is the ultimate off-road SUV, but you don’t necessarily need a full-fledged Bronco to get a superior level of off-road prowess.

In this comparison we explore the similarities and differences that just might make the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport a good option for drivers that considered the 2020 Ford Explorer as well.

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport  vs 2020 Ford Explorer
$26,660 Starting MSRP $32,765 
181 - 250 horsepower Engine Horsepower 300 - 400 horsepower
5 passengers Seating Capacity 6 - 7 passengers
4x4 Standard Drivetrain RWD Standard (4x4 Optional)

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The 2021 Bronco Sport receives an onslaught of high-demand off-road features like the Terrain Management System™ with Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl modes. Unlike the Explorer, the Bronco Sport has 4x4 standard across the line, with the Badlands model upgraded to an advanced 4x4 system with a class-exclusive twin-clutch rear-drive unit and a differential lock feature.

The 2020 Ford Explorer certainty isn’t without its own off-road highlights. It gets its own Terrain Management System™ with Trail and Deep Snow/Sand modes. The Explorer also has an available Intelligent 4WD System that preps it for dynamic on- and off-road capability. But the three-row Ford Explorer SUV is more of a well-rounded family hauler than the thrill-seeking, sightseeing Ford Bronco Sport. Both the Bronco Sport and the Ford Explorer feature safety systems like Ford’s Blind Spot Information System, Lane-Keeping System, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Auto High-Beam Headlamps.


To test drive the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport and the 2020 Ford Explorer side by side, you can visit the team here at Akins Ford near Atlanta, GA.


2021 Ford Bronco Sport fording through water
2021 Ford Bronco Sport dashboard and steering wheel
2021 Ford Bronco Sport front seats
2021 Ford Bronco Sport in desert