After 25 years off the market, the Ford Bronco is back in the game, and let’s just say it doesn’t waste any time catching up. Yes, retro good looks cast a nod to the SUV we once knew and loved – but this is a modern off roader through, and through and the new 2021 Ford Bronco is clearly gunning to take the Jeep Wrangler’s throne for terrain-crawling prowess.
So, will the Wrangler live up to its name, or is the new Bronco primed to buck its rival out of the top spot? That’s the question we’ve set out to answer in this comparison of the 2021 Ford Bronco vs the 2020 Jeep Wrangler. Brace yourself because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
2021 Ford Bronco
2020 Jeep Wrangler
|$28,500 (2-door), $33,200 (4-door)||Starting MSRP||$28,295 (2-door), $31,800 (4-door)|
|2.3-liter turbo I4 (270 hp, 310 lb-ft)||Base Engine||3.6-liter V6 (285 hp, 260 lb-ft)|
|11.5 inches||Max. Ground Clearance||10.8 inches|
|43.2° / 37.0° / 26.3°||Max. Approach / Departure / Breakover Angles||43.9° / 22.6° / 37.0°|
An off-road vehicle is only as good as the objects it can clear, so ground clearance and off-road geometry are no. 1 in terrain-crawling discussions. In the case of Bronco v. Wrangler, our judgment rules heavily in favor of the new Ford Bronco – especially when you opt for the available Sasquatch Package with 35-inch tires. Both SUVs have standard front and rear locking differentials, but the Bronco's can engage on their own depending on drive mode. The 2021 Ford Bronco offers fewer engine options but fittingly packs enough horses to keep Jeep sweating to keep up.
2021 Ford Bronco Engines
2020 Jeep Wrangler Engines
Our verdict? The 2021 Ford Bronco is the undeniable victor in off-road dominance against the Jeep Wrangler. There’s a lot more to see, so you can keep exploring our Bronco research pages or reach out to an Akins Ford representative for more information on the many advantages and feature highlights of the 2021 Ford Bronco SUV.