2021 Ford Bronco Sport vs 2020 Jeep Cherokee

2021 Ford Bronco Sport vs 2020 Jeep Cherokee

The curtains have been pulled on the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport and we’ve been just taking it all in since the reveal – namely how it keeps pace to some of the market's fiercest competitors. The Jeep Cherokee is doubtlessly one of the most capable small SUVs in the rival brand’s roster, so of course we’re going to put it in the arena with the new Ford Bronco – it’s just what we do!

Will the baby Bronco crawl further off the beaten path, or will the Cherokee send it back to the drawing board? Keep reading to find the answer in our comparison of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport vs the 2020 Jeep Cherokee. 

2021 Ford Bronco Sport 


2020 Jeep Cherokee

$28,155 (Badlands $34,155) Starting MSRP $25,840 (Trailhawk $36,250)
2.4L inline 4-cylinder (181 hp, 190 lb-ft) Base Engine

2.4L turbo inline 4-cylinder (180 hp, 171 lb-ft)

30.4° / 33.1° / 20.4°  Max. Approach / Departure / Breakover Angles 29.9°/ 32.2° / 22.9° 
32.0 ft³ / 65.0 ft³ Cargo Volume
(rear seats up / rear seats down)
25.8 ft³ / 54.7 ft³

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Off-Road Advantages

Now let’s dive into some of the good stuff. Regardless of your chosen configuration, the 2021 Bronco Sport has standard all-wheel drive. Opting for the Badlands or First Edition models will get you a twin-clutch, torque-vectoring rear axle with a locking differential – basically, you’ll be able to send all the rear axle torque to either wheel. The Cherokee Trailhawk does come with a rear differential locker, but you won't be able to send power to either rear wheel independently.

When it comes to off-road tech, the Bronco Sport is full of it. There’s Trail Control, a front off-road camera and a full collection of terrain-specialized drive modes primed to tackle the toughest surface and weather conditions.

Here’s the bottom line – the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is the dominant off-road ute, and the proof is aplenty. Hungry for another helping of specs? You can keep exploring our Bronco Sport research pages for more details or reach out to an Akins Ford representative for quick answers to all your burning questions!