Ford Bronco EPA ratings are in, and they are far from impressive.
Ford revealed the EPA ratings of the new 2021 Bronco and Bronco Sport, and they’re average, to say the least. The brand released details periodically, and the Bronco looks to be very competitive on paper.
The Bronco Sport comes with two engines. The base 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder provides 181 HP and 190 lb-ft of torque. This model gets EPA ratings of 25 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, equaling to 26 mpg combined.
The Badlands edition, aka one-year edition, comes with a larger 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, 245 HP, and 275 lb-ft of torque. If you want to opt for this model, be prepared to visit gas stations quite often. It gets 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Not bad for a 4×4 SUV, but still much worse than regular crossover-SUVs.
Both the standard and Badlands edition feature an eight-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, the Bronco features an all-wheel-drive system for advanced off-road traction, which might be the main culprit behind the sub-par EPA ratings.
That being said, the Bronco isn’t just another run-of-the-mill SUV. As a matter of fact, the Wrangler, Cherokee, and 4Runner are its only direct competitors. It features a unique suspension, optimized for better control in off-road conditions. It also comes with a rock-crawl mode, helping navigate extreme terrain. Other inclusions are unique tuning for struts, hydraulic rebound stops, and 46mm monotube shocks.
With a price range between $26,660 for the standard edition and $32,660 for the Badlands edition, the Bronco is still a pretty good option.
Don’t know about you but, no matter the EPA rating, I still want one!