2021 Ford Bronco (2dr) vs 2020 Jeep Wrangler (2dr) – Cincinnati, OH for Sale in Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2021 Ford Bronco

    A black 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door is angled right.

    Starting at

    $28,500

    2020 Jeep Wrangler

    A black 2020 Jeep Wrangler is angled left.

    Starting at

    $28,295

    270-310Horsepower (hp)260-285
    11.6Ground Clearance (inches)10.8
    33.5Warder Fording (inches)30

    Some of the most exciting news in the automotive industry over the last few years is the reintroduction of the Ford Bronco. This beloved, boxy SUV is set to make a comeback in 2021, and there will even be a throwback 2-door available for purchase. The 2021 Bronco has other carmakers a bit on edge, and that is especially true for Jeep. To see if the Ford Bronco is really going to be as good as advertised, especially when compared to an off-road SUV with a long history like the Wrangler, here is the 2021 Ford Bronco (2dr) vs 2020 Jeep Wrangler (2dr).

    Ford has certainly not skimped on the new Bronco, and it includes two extremely impressive and powerful engine options, stellar off-road capabilities, a rugged interior, and enough safety features to make you feel secure while you are taking on the world. The Bronco was designed to do everything the Wrangler and other Jeep models can do, and in many cases, do it better. With all the capabilities that it brings to the table, the 2021 Bronco is set to turn the off-road world upside down.

  • Performance

    A black 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door with no roof or doors is off-roading in a desert as part of the 2021 Ford Bronco (2dr) vs 2020 Jeep Wrangler (2dr) comparison.

    The Class-Leading Bronco

    One of the key elements of any off-road truck or SUV is that it needs to have a decent engine. Ford knew that if it was going to successfully revive the Bronco brand, it was going to need to fit the Bronco with enough power to make it worthwhile for off-road enthusiasts to consider switching from a brand with a long history like Jeep. Ford seems to have accomplished its goal as the 2021 Ford Bronco comes with two engine options, both of which offer more power than any of the four engines the 2020 Wrangler can come equipped with. 

    The first of the Bronco's two engines is the best 4-cylinder in the class. The 2.3L EcoBoost engine is capable of generating 270 hp and an impressive 310 lb-ft of torque. That should be plenty of power whether you are taking the Bronco for a cruise down the street or on an adventure where the roads are anything but paved. The second Bronco engine, though, is even better than the first and again is the leading engine in the class. It is a 2.7L 6-cylinder EcoBoost that produces a class-leading 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. 

    The Bronco also has a couple of other class-leading powertrain features when you consider the transmission options. First, you can get a simply exhilarating 7-speed manual transmission that makes the Bronco one of the most enjoyable vehicles to drive that you will find. The other option is a 10-speed automatic transmission that takes care of shifting and does so quickly and smoothly.

    The Traditional Wrangler

    The 2020 Jeep Wrangler, while it has some solid engine choices of its own, simply can't compete with the Bronco. The first engine choice you have with a Wrangler is a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that can generate up to 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. While that sounds good for a base engine and comes fairly close to the Bronco's base engine, the Wrangler does not actually get much more power with its upgraded engines.

    The second engine for the Wrangler is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder with 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This is effectively just a slightly inferior version of the Bronco's base turbocharged 4-cylinder. However, the third engine option for the Wrangler is a 3.0L EcoDiesel engine that only offers 260 hp, but produces a more than respectable 442 lb-ft of torque. So if you need a high-torque diesel, then the Wrangler is your only option. But if you want a gas-powered SUV, then the Bronco handily outperforms its rival and doesn't even need its powerful top engine to do so.

  • Capabilities

    The rear of a 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door is shown while parked on a dirt trail outside Cincinnati, OH.

    Best In Class Design

    The Bronco was designed to outdo the Wrangler when it comes to overall off-road capabilities. And since off-road capabilities are the most important thing about an off-road SUV - indeed the very reason people buy them - that bodes well for the Bronco. For starters, the Bronco has a ground clearance of 11.6," which is the best in its class. Comparatively, the Wrangler only has 10.6" of ground clearance. That might not sound like much less, but for off-roaders, every inch counts and makes the difference between being able to go anywhere and being hindered by the capabilities of your vehicle.

    Another off-road metric that drivers care about is water fording. At 33.5," the 2021 Bronco has the best water fording capabilities in its class. The Wrangler, on the other hand, can only handle water up to 30." That is a significant discrepancy and could make the difference between having the adventure of a lifetime and swamping your vehicle. When you add up all of those amazing off-road features, the Bronco outpaces the Wrangler and takes the title for a better off-road vehicle.

    The Power of the GOAT

    The Bronco can also handle itself on virtually any terrain. Its unparalleled Goes Over All Terrain (G.O.A.T.) modes mean you can easily take the Bronco wherever you want to go. The base modes include Sport, Sand, Slippery, Eco, and Normal. But if you go with the higher trims, you will get additional modes, including Mud/Ruts, Rock Crawl, and Baja. These modes vary transmission shift points, suspension settings, and torque splits to tailor the Bronco's performance to the terrain and task at hand. 

  • Interior

    A view of the gray interior in a 2021 Ford Bronco 2-door is shown from between the two front seats.

    A Modern Off-Road Machine

    The inside of the Bronco is no slouch, either. The Bronco features a simple, functional layout and design that puts everything you need to enhance your off-road experience right at your fingertips. The center shifter is perfectly placed and gives the feeling that you are in the command module of a spaceship, not the front seat of a car. The touch screen is large and vibrant and allows you to stay in control of everything with ease.

    The elegant and contoured seats of the Bronco also add to its edgy feel, and with its removable roof and doors, you can make the Bronco into whatever you want it to be. And unlike the Wrangler, the Bronco retains its side mirrors when the doors are removed. The back row of the Bronco has 60/40 folding capabilities to give you even more cargo space, and the easy-to-clean interior makes it ok to get dirty while you are playing. Finally, the off-road Hero Switch Pack lets you engage and toggle between six different standard off-road settings with the flick of a switch. 

    A Classic Design

    The 2020 Jeep Wrangler actually compares well to the Bronco. It, too, has a variety of configurations to make it your own, and its firm and the sporty interior is attractive and lends itself to the off-road vibe drivers are going for. While the 8.4" touch screen isn't in the same class as the 12" touch screen in the Bronco, it still has a good selection of modern features such as navigation or Apple CarPlay.

    But the Wrangler has a lot of good going for it on the inside, the Bronco simply has too many features for it to keep up with. From creature comforts to advanced technology, the Wrangler simply can't hide the fact that it is several years older than the brand-new Bronco. And if pre-packaged setups aren't for you, there are a number of common after-market additions that can make the Bronco even more exciting.

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