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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Ford Bronco 2-Door Advanced 4X4

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Gasoline
50
 overall score
Category Ranking: 39

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $38,440
Price as Tested: $42,025

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 16.9
EPA City mpg18
EPA Highway mpg18
EPA Combined mpg18

Advanced Safety Features

  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Driver Monitoring [O]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [O]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [O]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The reintroduced retro-styled Bronco, which revives one of Ford’s iconic monikers, is the company’s long-anticipated rugged off-roader. It’s available as a 2- or 4-door, with 2 engine options and 7 trim levels. Our Black Diamond - trim tester came with the standard 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (275 hp) and optional 10-speed automatic transmission (a 7-speed manual is standard). The Bronco has multiple drive modes for all kinds of terrain, and its off-road capabilities are impressive. The cabin features good front headroom, legroom, and all-around visibility, especially with the doors and roof panels removed. LED headlights with auto high beams is a standard feature, as is automatic emergency braking and forwardcollision warning. But other advanced safety features are available only on higher-level options packages. Like the Jeep Wrangler, the Bronco is well-suited to off-road forays. But it also has numerous shortcomings, especially noticeable on pavement: high levels of interior noise, a harsh-shifting transmission, difficult entry and exit, tight rear seating, questionable overall build quality, substandard interior fit and finish, and dismal fuel-economy ratings (18 mpg combined).
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Genuine off-roadcapability
  • Good front headroomand legroom
  • Cool retro styling, visibility

Weak Points

  • Questionable buildquality
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Noisy cabin

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/2
Curb weight (lbs): 4720.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 173.7 / 75.9 / 72.9
Wheelbase (in): 100.4
Number of air bags: 7
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: General Grabber A/Tx
Front and rear tire size: 265/70 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): 3500
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 10-speed
Drivetrain type: Four wheel
Engine/motor: 2.3L 4-Cyl. EcoBoost
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 275 @ n/a

Test Data

Test Vehicle Scores

Advanced Safety Features:

6.80

Fuel Efficiency:

1.28

EPA Emissions Score:

5.00

Acceleration:

5.66

Braking:

.00

Handling:

5.52

Ride Quality:

6.29

Interior Size:

4.51

Easy of Entry and Exit:

5.45

Visibility:

6.43

Interior Noise:

1.70

Cargo Capacity:

1.84
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