2022 Ford Bronco vs 2022 Jeep Wrangler

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  • 2022 Ford Bronco

    A grey 2022 Ford Bronco is angled left.

    Starting at

    $30,800[a]

    2022 Jeep Wrangler

    A white 2022 Jeep Wrangler is angled right.

    Starting at

    $29,995

    300Base Engine Torque (lb-ft)260
    77.6Max Cargo Volume (cu.ft.)72.4
    8/12Infotainment Screen (in)5/7/8.4

    The Jeep Wrangler has dominated the off-roading SUV world for decades, but now, the Ford Bronco is back, revamped, and proving to be stark competition. The 2022 Ford Bronco vs 2022 Jeep Wrangler battle is a close one – both models are designed specifically for off-roading, they’ve got similar exterior designs, and plentiful trim options. If you’re a hardcore Wrangler fan, then this competition is not about specs to you; it’s about loyalty. However, if you’re not on either side of the fence and you need to make a purchase decision, you’ll want to see the specs side-by-side. This battle isn’t as close as you might think.

    While the Wrangler has more experience time-wise, the Bronco offers better cargo space and more standard features for its price. There’s no doubt that both of these models will get you where you need to go; it’s a matter of which one offers the best deal overall. Which one of these all-terrain models comes out on top?

  • Performance

    An orange 2022 Ford Bronco is shown form the side off-roading during a 2022 Ford Bronco vs 2022 Jeep Wrangler comparison.

    Both the Bronco and the Wrangler’s performance specs can quickly become overwhelming. There are several different trim levels and packages available for both models. This allows you to choose anything from a base-level, casual off-roader to a hardcore trail-ready machine like the Bronco Raptor or the Wrangler 392. There are a few performance factors that make the Bronco a better deal overall, though. This is particularly true when it comes to drive modes.

    Ford Offers More Terrain Selection Options

    Ford’s “G.O.A.T. Modes” are one feature that Jeep has yet to top. While the Wrangler is obviously off-road-capable, the Bronco’s G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) Modes allow you to tailor your performance to specific driving situations. The 2022 Ford Bronco includes up to seven different drive modes depending on your trim level. Let’s take a closer look at each mode.

    Sport Mode – Standard on the Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, Black Diamond, and Raptor models. Use this mode when you’re in the streets and not on the trails. This drive mode increases acceleration and adjusts your handling to match a “sportier” feel.

    • ECO Mode – Standard across all trims except for the off-road-specific Badlands and Raptor trims. This mode increases your fuel efficiency. The downside to this is that it also lowers your performance levels, meaning you won’t want to use ECO Mode on the trail.
    • Normal Mode – Standard on all Bronco trims. Use this for everyday driving.
    • Slippery Mode – Standard across all Bronco trims. Whether it’s pouring rain or there’s black ice on the road, use Slippery Mode to increase control and maintain road grip.
    • Sand Mode – Standard on all Bronco trims except for the Raptor. This mode is NOT to be used on pavement. Whether you’re on a dirt trail, a desert track, or a sandy beach, Sand Mode makes it easier to push through sandy situations.
    • Mud/Ruts Mode – Standard on Big Bend, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, Black Diamond, and Badlands. If you frequent the trails, you definitely want to have this drive mode. It increases your off-road performance in muddy and washed-out road conditions.
    • Rock Crawl Mode – Standard on Black Diamond, Badlands, and Raptor models. This low-speed mode helps you climb up (and down) rocky hills.
    • Baja Mode – Standard on Wildtrak, Badlands, and Raptor. For off-road racers, this mode is designed for those rare, high-speed off-roading scenarios.

    The 2022 Ford Raptor model also includes Tow/Haul Mode and Off-Road Mode. The Tow/Haul Mode is what gives the Raptor an edge on towing capacity when compared to the Wrangler, allowing the Bronco to tow 1,000 more pounds than its competitor. The 2022 Jeep Wrangler does include similar capabilities, such as rock crawling (Rubicon-only), an Off Road+ button, and Selec-Speed Control for off-road speed management. It also includes four less-tuned drive modes – Snow, Sport, Auto, and Sand/Mud.

  • Interior

    The black interior of a 2022 Ford Bronco shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

    There’s no doubt that both the 2022 Ford Bronco and the 2022 Jeep Wrangler are neck and neck when it comes to capability. This isn’t the case, though, when it comes to their interior specs. Unfortunately, the Jeep Wrangler is anything but spacious. Even the four-door model offers less cargo capacity than the 2022 Ford Bronco’s. Furthermore, the Bronco offers better standard and optional interior convenience and customization features.

    Haul More With the Bronco

    Despite offering similar exterior measurements, the 2022 Ford Bronco offers much more cargo space than the Wrangler. The two-door Bronco has 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up and up to 52.3 cubic feet with the seats down. Conversely, the two-door Wrangler only offers 12.9 cubic feet with the seats up and 31.7 with the seats down. The four-door Bronco also offers more cargo space with a 35.6/77.6 cubic feet capacity versus the four-door Wrangler’s 31.7/72.4 cubic feet volume.

    Ford Takes the Technology Win

    Both models include basic technologies such as power windows and locks, keyless entry, and a touchscreen infotainment system. The Bronco includes a standard connectivity app called “FordPass Connect,” which allows you to control several Bronco features directly from your smart device. These include remote start, your Wi-Fi Hotspot, vehicle lights and locks, and even your vehicle’s location.

    While you can certainly upgrade your FordPass Connect System to do even more, FordPass Connect comes free with all 2022 Ford Bronco trim levels. You simply have to activate the system and download the app onto your smart device. The 2022 Jeep Wrangler does offer UConnect, which is a similar connectivity system that has to be purchased via a subscription plan.

  • Safety

    The tires on a 2022 Ford Bronco are shown in close up.

    When safety technologies first started being developed, they were more of a luxury or add-on type of item. Now, it’s becoming more and more normal for vehicle brands to include these safety features as standard across trims. Ford is certainly keeping up with this trend by including Standard Ford Co-Pilot360 Technologies. Jeep, on the other hand, requires you to upgrade trim levels or add on packages to get these same or similar safety technologies.

    The Bronco Offers More Standard Safety Features

    The Bronco’s standard safety package includes Auto High Beam Headlamps, Pre-Collision Assist (with Automatic Emergency Braking), and Hill Descent Control (manual transmission). It also comes with Hill Start Assist and a Rear Vision Camera.

    The Pre-Collision Assist technology can detect both cars and pedestrians, along with inanimate objects, notifying you when an accident is possible. If you don’t stop quickly enough, the Automatic Emergency Braking feature will stop for you. Hill Descent Control is available for Broncos with a manual transmission and helps relieve brake pressure while holding you back during a decline. This is replaced with Trail Control on automatic transmission models. Hill Start Assist ensures that you won’t “roll back” if you have to start your vehicle on an incline.

    Ford Also Offers Better Optional Safety Features and Upgrades

    The 2022 Jeep Wrangler’s highest trim levels do include popular safety assist features such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Collision Mitigation, and Forward Collision Warning; however, the Bronco still offers more safety features overall. The 2022 Bronco includes the Mid, High, and Lux Package safety options. Each package includes the following features in addition to the standard safety technologies.

    Mid Package

    • Blind Spot Information System
    • Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Lane-Keeping System (Lane-Keeping Alert/Assist)

    High Package

    • A 360-Degree Camera
    • Forward Sensing System

    Lux Package

    • Adaptive Cruise Control
    • Evasive Steering Assist

    Overall, the 2022 Ford Bronco includes more standard and available safety features than the 2022 Jeep Wrangler.

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