The 2022 Ford Bronco is a nostalgic vehicle that offers both a great on-road driving experience and high-level trail-tackling abilities. The Ford off-roader is a huge success because of the sheer amount of its capabilities. The Jeep Wrangler is the most popular SUV in off-road, and it continues to be the best-selling vehicle for those who want a vehicle that can take on challenging terrain. The interior design of the Ford Bronco is simple and durable. However, it looks cheap in the higher trim levels. All Ford Broncos come with all-wheel drive, a turbo-four engine or twin-turbo V-6. They are both fuel-efficient and sound pleasant, but they are quick and responsive. The 2022 Bronco’s optional Sasquatch or Everglades packages, which include beefier tires and other enhancements, make it the ultimate off-road SUV. It also earns a spot on our 10Best lists.
What’s new for Ford Bronco 2022?
The 2022 Ford Bronco lineup is now complete with the addition to the Everglades model. This builds upon an offroad-oriented Sasquatch package. The Everglades also features a unique Desert Sand paint color, a snorkel air intake, and a Warn winch capable of pulling up to 10,000 pounds. It’s only available for the four-door body and the turbo-four 300-hp powertrain. Unfortunately, the engine is only compatible with the 10-speed automatic, not the seven speed manual. Ford also added a $2505 Hoss3.0 package to the Wildtrak model. This adds Fox adaptive dampers and other chassis upgrades. It’s not available to unscheduled orders holders or reservation holders. The new Raptor version, which is the most extreme Bronco model (reviewed separately), has a 400-plus horsepower twin-turbo V-6 and a beefier suspension. It also comes with 37-inch tires.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
While the base Bronco two-door is priced at just over $32,000, upgrading to higher trims can quickly become expensive. A four-door Ford Bronco with a more powerful engine would be our ideal configuration. It also needs the right off-road hardware in order to perform well. The Ford Bronco Wildtrack comes standard with huge 35-inch mudterrain tires and 17-inch beadlock-capable tires.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
Sorry, folks. The Ford Bronco does not come with eight cylinders. There are two options: a standard 300-hp turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder and an optional 330hp twin-turbo, 2.7-liter V-6. The 10-speed automatic transmission can be bolted to both engines. However, the seven-speed manual is only compatible for the smaller engine. Neither engine can play an enthusiastic soundtrack. Each Ford Bronco has power for all four wheels and the independent front suspension is more advanced than Jeep’s front stick axle. Beadlock-capable wheels and 35-inch mud-terrain tires are just a few of the notable options. The Bronco’s on-road performance was the most impressive after our first driving impressions. The Ford handles better than the Wrangler’s steering wheel. The Ford has the softest suspension and largest tires, so there is a lot of brake dive. Its body-on-frame construction is also not a secret. The Ford Bronco is capable of conquering extremely treacherous terrain and isn’t a one trick pony. The two-door and four-door Bronco models can tow 3500 pounds, the same as the Wrangler.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The most economical Ford Bronco four-cylinder with an automatic transmission has ratings of 20 mpg city and 22 highway. The V-6 version comes with aggressive, large tires. Its fuel economy drops to 17 mpg on the highway and in the city. On the 75-mph fuel economy route the automatic-equipped Broncos were driven with both engines. The four-cylinder earned 22 mpg while the V-6 earned 18 mpg. Visit the EPA website for more information on the Bronco’s fuel economy.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The Ford Bronco is available with either two or four doors, soft or hard tops, and removable panels. It also offers the same open-air options that make the Wrangler a joy to drive outdoors. The Ford’s interior is a bit more innovative than the Jeep. The Bronco’s dashboard has a rack that can be used to mount smartphones or GoPros. The doors are also frameless and easy to take down. Their long side windows can catch the weatherstripping and allow wind noises to enter the cabin. The extended-wheelbase four door models come with enough space to store all four doors. The exterior mirrors can still be used even if the doors are removed because they are attached to the windshield’s base. The available marine-grade vinyl upholstery and rubberized flooring can protect the cabin from the elements. Leather seating surfaces are available for those who prefer a more luxurious environment. However, the large expanses of plastic make it look cheap with upper trims. The back seat of the Bronco’s two-door version has enough room to accommodate two adults. Only the four-door Bronco has a third, middle-seat in the rear. This gives you a little more legroom. However, most of the extra length is due to the cargo area which is over 50 percent larger than that of the two-door.
Infotainment & Connectivity
Ford’s new in-dash Sync 4 software powers an embedded 12.0-inch touchscreen in the Bronco’s dashboard. This setup can be used to connect wirelessly to the cloud or user’s smartphone and allows for over-the-air updates. You can also use the infotainment system to access a variety of infotainment features, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a subscription-based Wi Fi hotspot. You can upgrade the unit with desired options such as built-in navigation or a stronger B&O stereo.
Safety and driver-assistance features
The Ford Bronco comes with a range of driver assistance technology, such as automatic high beams and parking sensors. The equipment makes trail driving and rock crawling easier. You can find more information on the Bronco’s crash test results at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety websites. These are the key safety features:
- Automated emergency braking and forward-collision warning are available
- Blind-spot monitoring available and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available lane departure and lane keeping assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Ford offers a competitive powertrain and limited warranty that is comparable to most of its competitors. It does not offer the complimentary maintenance offered by some of its competitors.
- Three years limited warranty or 36,000 miles
- The warranty on the powertrain covers you for five years or 60,000 miles
- There is no complimentary maintenance