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The 2021 Ford Bronco (4dr) vs 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a perfect competitive match. Both vehicles are stylish body on frame SUVs that are great for off-roading. But which one is the best? That’s a tough question to answer. However, while there are many benefits to each model, the overall specs tend to favor the Ford Bronco.
The Wrangler’s timeless style makes it appealing, and it comes in many special editions such as the Willys Sport or the Black and Tan that may appeal to drivers who like a unique aesthetic. But the Bronco’s tech advantages make it a tempting offer, even for those who are typically Wrangler fans. For example, the Bronco comes with something called G.O.A.T. modes. With up to seven different modes, this terrain management system allows drivers to choose different settings for various experiences. While the Wrangler may normally be someone’s preferred choice, this feature and more make off-roading easy.
Still, there’s a lot to look at here before making a decision. So let’s compare and contrast some main features of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler and the 2021 Ford Bronco to see which one looks best to you. And no matter which of these capable vehicles you end up with, you are sure to have a great ride.
The features of the Bronco are going to vary depending on which trim and options you choose. There are seven different 2021 Bronco models available, each with its own unique features. The Bronco comes standard with a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing 270 hp. However, even the base trim can be upgraded to a turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that generates 310 hp. This larger engine comes standard on the top Wildtrak and First Edition trims. The transmission options are either a unique 7-speed manual with a crawler gear or 10-speed automatic with Trail Control.
Most trims include at least six G.O.A.T. modes. However, there are seven modes in total, including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand, Baja, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl. This feature is super handy, giving each driver their own personalized off-roading experience. And there’s even an option for those who want to go easy on the environment when they’re not rock crawling or mudding. The Bronco is a great choice because of this performance and diversity. Overall, the Bronco is made for places that most vehicles can’t go.
The Jeep also comes with plenty of variety, but that’s mostly present in its various trim levels. For example, the Unlimited version comes in no fewer than twelve different trims and special editions that range from the base Sport to the rugged Rubicon to specialty variants such as the Freedom or North Edition. But while this does give you a lot of variety and some special features, it gives you less ability to build the exact vehicle you need.
Most of the Wrangler trims come with a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 285 hp and is paired with either a conventional 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic. On some trims this engine can be upgraded to either a 2.0L turbo with 270 hp or a 3.0L diesel. The diesel feature is a super cool newer addition that adds some variety, but overall the Wrangler’s engine options have less power than what the Bronco offers.
The Jeep Wrangler is known for its durability and off-roading capabilities. Further, the Wrangler’s ability to offer a diesel engine option gives it a unique advantage as well. However, the Bronco really is bringing a lot to the table here. With more powerful engines, superior transmissions, and its unique G.O.A.T. modes, it’s definitely raising the bar. It really depends on what’s important to the driver, but the 2021 Ford Bronco is definitely worth looking into before purchasing a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
The Ford Bronco looks similar to the Jeep Wrangler, but with its own unique spin on the style. It’s a less boxy approach to an SUV compared to the Wrangler, with a slimmer top and longer front end. The 2021 Bronco comes in ten colors. Foremost among these is, of course, the brilliant Cyber Orange, but other fun options include Antimatter Blue, Race Red, and Area 51. But no matter which color you choose, this vehicle has a powerful presence.
Each Bronco trim level also comes with its own wheel style. These range from the Base trim with its standard 16-inch silver steel wheels to the Outer Banks trim with its large 18-inch black paint and bare aluminum wheels. Certain packages include different customization features, and certain trims have their own special decals and so on. For example, the Sasquatch package comes with 17-inch black-painted aluminum beadlock wheels, and the Wildtrak trim comes with its own unique hood graphic. Overall, the Bronco looks sharp, proving that its incredible performance isn’t the only thing it brings to the table.
The 2020 Wrangler follows its predecessors by staying consistent with its general style. There are several different options for tops, fenders, and wheels, as always, so it just depends on the trim and the customization route. It does have one less color option than the Bronco, and three of its nine options are all different grayish-silver shades, but it still has some standout choices such as Hellayella, Sarge Green, and Firecracker Yellow. Some trims also come with color-matched fenders and mirrors instead of the standard black plastic.
There are also multiple options for the Wrangler’s top, including the Sunrider soft top, the three-piece hard top, the Sky One-Touch power top, the Mopar Mesh Sunbonnet top, and the Mopar Solid Sunbonnet top. Some of these are meant to be interchangeable, like the last two options. It’s also possible to apply lower and upper side graphics to make the Wrangler a bit sportier.
The Wrangler’s wheels depend on the trim. The standard sport level trim comes with 17-inch steel wheels, while higher trims come with a wide variety of 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels. Some trims also come with sidestep options and fuel tank covers as well to provide a few more unique touches.
Overall, the Bronco definitely offers more in terms of colors. It has one additional color option. Plus, its color options are more unique than the 2020 Wrangler’s. However, both vehicles offer great options for wheels and other additions to bring out their rugged yet sporty appeal.
Better Safe Than Sorry
Safety is important to any driver. It’s especially important during off-roading expeditions. The 2021 Ford Bronco definitely doesn’t disappoint in this department. It includes a full-size spare tire and wheel and plenty of airbags. There’s plenty of features here to keep you safe while exploring the wilderness or going down the street to pick up ice cream. While the Bronco has not yet been officially crash-tested, we expect that it will perform exceptionally well.
But that’s just the passive safety features. The Bronco also includes lots of driver’s assist features such as trailer sway control, a perimeter alarm, LED lighting, auto high-beam headlamps, a rearview camera, AdvancedTrac with Roll Stability Control, keyless entry, and a 360-degree camera. Additionally, it has the best-in-class water-fording capability of up to 33.5 inches of water. It also has the best-in-class ground clearance of 11.5 inches, and best-in-class departure and breakover angles, meaning that it can better withstand sharp drops and inclines during off-roading adventures. It even has a 43.2 approach angle to help you climb over obstacles. Generally, the Bronco is well designed and loaded with tech to keep drivers safe, secure, and confident.
The Wrangler is also safe, offering several driver’s assistance features such as park assist with a rear backup camera, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. It comes with a vehicle finding option and an emergency SOS button on the rearview mirror. Plus, its high-strength steel frame combined with its airbag system enhances crash protection. However, when it comes to both tech and physical features, the Wrangler is a step behind the Bronco - possibly because the basic design is now a few years old and hasn’t faced much competition.
Well, this depends on what kind of safety you’re looking for. The Bronco is definitely the best option when it comes to hardcore off-roading, with its water durability and breakover capabilities. However, the Wrangler is no slouch here by any stretch of the imagination. Both vehicles are durable, and they’re both equipped with safety technology. Still, the Ford Bronco definitely comes in hot overall with its unique and impressive options.