Can the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Live up to the Hype?

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Guess what?! I have a 2021 Ford Bronco Sport to play with. Finally, I have the chance to see what this vehicle is like for an entire week. I’m going to see how the Ford Bronco Sport serves as a daily driver and how it performs off-road to see if it can live up to the hype. 

Is the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport worth buying? 

A 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk and 2021 Ford Bronco Sport First Edition | Allison Barfield

Maybe, I’ve only had the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport for one afternoon so far, and the first impressions seem great. To be specific, I have the 2021 First Edition 4×4 with Rapid Red Metallic paint and the Navy Pier leather trim. 

This model has an MSRP of $38,500, and it is a limited edition. It looks incredible. I am a fan of the 17-inch Ebony Black-painted aluminum wheels wrapped in 235/65/R17 All-Terrain Off-Road tires. 

This SUV is attracting a lot of attention. People have gathered around it outside to look at it and ask questions. I keep getting asked if I’m going to trade my 2016 Jeep Renegade TrailHawk in for it. My mom made me take her to lunch in it before driving from Rock Hill, South Carolina, to Asheville, North Carolina, yesterday afternoon. 

What makes the Ford Bronco Sport First Edition special? 

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The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport First Edition includes tons of comfort, off-roading, and convenience features. It has a unique carbonized gray grille with a black BRONCO badge, hood and side decals in Shadow Black, and leather-trimmed bucket seats with Navy Pier coloring. 

In the rear, you’ll find a power liftgate with flip-up glass and a bottle opener. A few people have told me that the bottle opener should have been on the original Bronco.

There are metal bash plates, front tow hooks, a unique roof rack with crossbars, Shadow Black Roof, LED signature lighting, and tons of Easter eggs. I’ve found two Easter eggs so far, including a mini Bronco on the rear window and a mountain range when you open the back glass. 

The interior features rubberized flooring, which is great for the Carolina mud I track into vehicles, a wireless charging pad, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a Power Converter 110V AC Power Outlet with a 400W total Output, and tons of Bronco badging. 

How does the Ford Bronco Sport drive? 

A red 2021 Ford Bronco Sport parked in a field filled with green grass
2021 Ford Bronco Sport | Ford

With most off-roading vehicles, you hear that they have a bumpy ride with wind noise. But this isn’t true for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport. It’s incredibly smooth. While driving over beat-up country roads it glided along without any jostling.

There is a little bit of wind noise at higher speeds, but not enough to be distracting. You can carry conversations without raising your voice. I’ve only parked it three times so far, and it’s very agile and easy to maneuver in tight spots. The brakes are incredibly smooth, and there’s not much body lean around sharp curves. 

This First Edition is equipped with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. It provides an impressive amount of giddy-up. Edmunds got it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. 

Standard safety features include blind-spot warning, pre-collision assistance with automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assistance. The lane-keeping system felt a little jerky, but it just takes getting used to.  

The Terrain Manage System with seven G.O.A.T modes is included, with features like Trail Control. But I will have to test the Go Over Any Terrain modes before I can provide proper feedback. There is more information to come.

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