A blue 2021 Ford Bronco 4 door is off-roading in the desert with no doors.

Breaking in the 2021 Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco is one of the automaker’s most venerable models dating back to 1965, the same year as the introduction of its flagship muscle car, the Mustang. The Bronco was one of the first successful commercially available sport utility vehicles, with a run of success that carried it into the 90s. Nevertheless, Ford phased out the Bronco after the 1996 model year but is now ready to re-introduce this SUV with a look and feel that is unlike any other model in the Ford lineup. The 2021 Ford Bronco features a radical redesign that redefines the SUV. Ford is advertising the all-new 2021 Bronco as Built Wild, and you can see why with just one look at this vehicle.

From its rugged styling to its adaptability, the 2021 Ford Bronco offers drivers an SUV that not only looks the part but can also deliver on the promise of a vehicle that can handle the toughest terrain while giving you exceptional performance on the road as well. This durability and dependability can be yours in the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco. Let’s take a deeper dive and explore the innovations that set this Bronco apart from other SUVs on the market that claim to provide off-road performance and on-road drivability.

Off-Road Capabilities: The 2021 Ford Bronco is the G.O.A.T. of the Trail

An orange 2021 Ford Bronco 2 door is off-roading in the snow in the woods.

One of the first things that really sets the 2021 Ford Bronco ahead of the pack is its Terrain Management System that includes G.O.A.T. Modes to ensure that you can handle all the trail can throw your way. G.O.A.T. can stand for that ornery horned caprine that goes anywhere and eats everything, or the acronym for Greatest of All Time. It can also mean “goes over any type of terrain.” In the case of the Bronco, it is all of these things.

As Bronco consumer marketing manager Mark Grueber notes, G.O.A.T. Modes are “designed to help drivers better navigate any type of terrain.” This includes up to 7 different modes for you to select depending on driving conditions, including Normal, Eco (for improved fuel economy), Sport (for improved acceleration), Slippery and Sand, Baja, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl. The last ones are specifically for different off-road conditions. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to off-roading, the engineers at Ford realized that the trail offers many different conditions. You are going to need a different level of traction for desert sands than for a rocky hill country or a muddy riverbed. This is why you will find that the 2021 Ford Bronco is truly the G.O.A.T. of off-roading.

Ford has also made sure that the 2021 Bronco is truly at the top of its vehicle class in all other respects you will need when off-roading. For example, the Bronco offers the best ground clearance in its vehicle class, a full 11.6 inches, that will help you get over any and all obstacles in your way. The Bronco has also been designed to be able to ford up to 33.5 inches of water, easily the most for any off-road SUV in its class. Finally, Ford has designed the Bronco with a 37.2-degree departure angle and 29-degree breakover angle, making it the top in that regard as well. That’s not all; you can get a 43.2-degree approach angle on your Bronco that will truly take things to the limit.

The 2021 Ford Bronco is a 4X4 drivetrain only, so you don’t have to worry about going out of pocket for an optional four-wheel drive on an SUV that comes rear or front-wheel drive standard. Moreover, most of those other SUVs reflect a compromise, with designers needing to create a vehicle that can be either two or four-wheel drive. With the new Bronco, it was designed from the wheels up with a 4X4 in mind.

There is also plenty of standard off-road equipment on the 2021 Ford Bronco, including two front and one rear tow hooks, HOSS off-road stability suspension system, a Dana AdvanTEK independent front axle and solid rear axle, and easy to remove doors and roof. Additional equipment is available on other trims and as part of packages depending on your personal preferences. These include heavy-duty bash plates, rear locking differential, steel front and rear bumpers, and Bilstein position-sensitive dampers. Whichever equipment you choose for your Bronco, you are sure to be well prepared the next time you take your SUV out on the trail.

Plenty of Options to Personalize Your Bronco

A green 2021 Ford Bronco 4 door is parked off-road in front of distant mountains.

Ford gives you so many options when designing your Bronco that you can easily make it your own. It starts with your choice of a rugged two-door model or a roomy four-door model. Whichever you choose depends on your personal needs, as the two-door model has a tighter wheelbase while the four-door Bronco offers a roomier back seat, making it the choice for those who want to hit the trail with more passengers.

The 2021 Ford Bronco comes in six different trim levels that each offer an increasing set of fine features. Moreover, their names bespeak the off-road design of this all-new Bronco. The base model is called the Base and has a starting MSRP of $28,500. This trim is followed by the Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Badlands, and top-of-the-line WildTrak. There is even a limited First Edition that is fully-loaded and takes features from each of the different models of the Bronco to make it a truly unique vehicle. Unfortunately, Ford has fulfilled its reservations for the First Edition, so you are going to have to check with your local Ford dealer to see if they can find a First Edition for you.

Adding to your ability to customize your 2021 Ford Bronco is the choice of 10 different body colors, each with a name that is almost as cool as the colors themselves. You get to choose from colors like cyber orange, antimatter blue, shadow black, iconic silver, race red, Oxford white, cactus grey, carbonized gray, and rapid red. However, my personal favorite is Area 51, an extraterrestrial blue-grey that is truly out-of-this-world.

Ford also gives you the choice of two incredible powertrains when buying your 2021 Bronco. The base engine is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged I-4 gas engine that provides 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with either a 7-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic transmission. There is also a 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V-6 gas engine that comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This can produce 310 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

As you may notice, both of these engines are designed to maximize the production of torque, which is a major benefit to the 4X4 drivetrain that operates off of engine torque. Both of these engines actually produce more torque than the comparable gasoline engines in their model class. The V-6 engine gives so much torque that it can allow the Bronco to tow up to 3,500 pounds of trailer.

Customization carries over to your choice of different packages of additional equipment on the 2021 Ford Bronco, including the incredible Sasquatch Package that is bound to leave a large footprint on the off-roading world. The Sasquatch Package adds 35-inch Mud-Terrain tires with 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, a Trail Control system, front and rear locking differentials, high-clearance suspension and fender flares, and a 4.7 final drive ratio with electronic-locking front and rear axles. As you can see, this will turn your 2021 Bronco into the ultimate off-road machine. The Sasquatch Package is standard on the WildTrak trim and is available as an add-on for all other Bronco models.

There Is No Other Vehicle Quite Like the Ford Bronco

The 2021 Ford Bronco is primed to stampede over the competition. Whether you want to take it off-roading or have an SUV that is capable of handling whatever nature puts in your path, you will be well served with a two-door or four-door Bronco. This is one SUV that will allow you to put all that ruggedness, technology, and dependability to work for you while standing out from the crowd with the looks and features that you want, customized to represent you and your personality.