Quick Drive: 2021 Ford Bronco – First Edition

2021 Ford Bronco

This is the fully loaded, full-size Bronco and is very different than the Bronco Sport. It has all of the advertised and hyped off-road goodies, such as an electronically disconnecting sway bar (that can release while under load), Bilstein dampers, a locking front and rear differential with lower gearing, modular steel bumpers, and 35-inch tires. Still, some off-road specs may not match those of a fully fitted Wrangler, but the Bronco has superior high-speed stability – a critical component to getting to the trails without already feeling worn out. The steering feel is very distant but it’s at least accurate and responsive and the road noise is about what one might expect from an off-roader with a removable top – simply don’t bother with the more expensive stereo.

2021 Ford Bronco

The engine’s power is good with a minor delay until the turbo spools up. It’s strong enough that it makes sense to leave the transfer case in 4-Auto around town but it doesn’t sound particularly pleasing and the transmission feels slushy – hardly deal-breakers. Many of us are loving the interior and exterior designs which integrate the latest tech features within a retro-themed shape. While the world shortage of semiconductors and a few quality issues have impeded the Bronco’s arrival, it is, without a doubt, worth the wait. 

2021 Ford Bronco

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