Video: Is the Ford Bronco Sport Worthy of the Bronco Name? I Torture Test It Off-Road to Find Out!

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We’ve been waiting a long time to put the Bronco Sport to the test, and now we get a chance to do just that – our way.

After months of waiting, we finally got a 2021 Ford Bronco Sport to test in the Rocky Mountains. Sure, we’ve done a few walk-around and first-drive videos, but those were dealership vehicles we couldn’t off-road. Now, we have been blessed by Dearborn, Michigan to play with the “Baby Bronco” in the rough.

Bronco Sport powertrain and price:

Based on the Ford Escape’s platform (and sharing many components) the Baby Bronco shares no major components with the “Big” truck-based Bronco. Our tester, which is a “Launch Edition,” came with a 250 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo, four-cylinder that makes 277 lbs-feet of torque. It’s hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

GOAT = Goes Over Any Terrain mode. That’s a selector that the driver can engage to change the Sport’s settings for better off-road traction. Think of it as a super traction control system for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) or four-wheel-drive system. To be honest, it works brilliantly. Very few crossovers can match the Bronco Sport off-road.

Ford photo – Launch Edition

The underpinnings are armored with skid plates. It also comes with off-road-friendly Falcon Wild Peak M/Ts, which are about 29-inches in diameter. It has a beefier suspension and 8.8-inches of ground clearance.

Being that it’s a fully loaded Launch Edition Bronco Sport, it prices at $38,500. One cool note: you can get a much less expensive base model for around $26,820 – and still get (less off-road beefy) AWD standard. It comes with a three-cylinder turbo, but you get 181 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, which is not too shabby.

In this video:

Tommy takes us on a tour of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport First Edition and shows off its capabilities. By using our TFL slip test, and Tombstone Hill, he truly puts the Baby Bronco to the test!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.