When Ford pulled its revered Bronco nameplate out of the archives last year, the company created two distinct SUVs. The standard Ford Bronco shares its styling and off-road talents with the original Bronco. It's a hardcore sport utility vehicle built for serious four-wheeling. The Ford Bronco Sport is a modern recasting of the Bronco as a practical compact crossover SUV. It targets city dwellers and young families but still has legitimate capability in the dirt.
Which one is right for you? If you'll be hitting the trails every weekend, the larger Ford Bronco is the one you want. It also makes a bigger fashion statement, and you can remove its roof and doors. If you're expecting fuel economy well above 20 mpg, you'll probably be happier with the Ford Bronco Sport. And although the Sport is smaller inside than the 4-door Bronco (which is considered midsize), its conventional liftgate and large storage areas make it more convenient for everyday errands.
This 2022 Ford Bronco vs. 2022 Ford Bronco Sport comparison will help you sort through the key differences between Ford's Bronco-badged SUVs.
Consumers will find that pricing on the 2022 Ford Bronco ranges from $30,800 to $68,500, not including the $1,595 destination charge. However, as of this publication, you'll have a hard time tracking down a 2022 Ford Bronco. Ford is no longer taking orders for the 2022 model. Most shoppers will need to wait until the automaker begins taking orders for the 2023 Ford Bronco.
The midsize Bronco comes in two body styles. The 2-door Ford Bronco has seating for four and a removable hardtop roof, while the much longer 4-door Ford Bronco seats five and gives you a choice between a hard- and a soft-top roof. Bronco trim levels include base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Badlands, Wildtrak, Everglades, and Raptor trim levels. Most 2022 Ford Bronco trims come in either body style, but the Bronco Raptor and Everglades are 4-door only.
Every 2022 Bronco is 4-wheel drive (4WD). You'll need to decide between a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a turbocharged V6 engine that costs about $1,900 more ($3,500 more on entry-level 2-door Broncos, which require a transmission upgrade as well). The Bronco Raptor has an exclusive higher-performance V6.
Ford doesn't offer many connected services, but all are complimentary. The 2022 Ford Bronco offers remote engine start and remote door locking via the FordPass app. You'll also get 911 Assist automatic collision notification via the Sync infotainment interface. The Bronco's Wi-Fi hotspot includes a 3-month free trial. Ford does not offer complimentary scheduled maintenance.
You can expect high resale value on the 2022 Ford Bronco. It's the highest-ranked model in the Off-Road Utility category of the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. ALG Residual Value Awards.
Finding a 2022 Ford Bronco Sport to buy should be an easier task. This compact crossover SUV ranges in price from $28,265 to $36,590, not including the $1,595 destination charge.
The Bronco Sport is only slightly longer than the 2-door Ford Bronco. It's also significantly shorter than the Ford Escape upon which it's based. Among crossovers, it's hardly the roomiest option, but it has four doors, 5-passenger seating, and a conventional fixed roof.
The Ford Bronco Sport comes in fewer trim levels than the standard Bronco, but the trim names are familiar: base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, and Badlands. All have a standard all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Most 2022 Bronco Sports come with a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, but the Ford Bronco Sport Badlands has a more potent turbo 4-cylinder.
You'll find the same connected services and Wi-Fi hotspot terms on the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport as on the regular Bronco.
The current-generation Ford Bronco is too new to have participated in the J.D. Power 2022 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which tracks problems experienced by original owners during the third year of ownership. The Bronco does not rank among the top three Midsize SUVs in the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS). The 2022 Ford Bronco comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:
The Ford Bronco Sport is also too new to have taken part in the 2022 VDS. It is not among the top three Compact SUVs in the 2021 IQS. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:
Both models are too new to be included in the 2022 VDS, neither ranks among the top three models in its segment in initial quality, and warranty coverage is identical.
Three engines are available on the 2022 Ford Bronco. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder rated at 275 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque on regular octane (300 hp and 325 pound-feet on premium). Next up is a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 capable of 315 hp and 410 pound-feet of torque on regular octane (or 330 hp and 415 pound-feet on premium). The top engine is the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 exclusive to the Ford Bronco Raptor. It makes 418 hp and 440 pound-feet of torque.
Most 2022 Broncos use a 10-speed automatic transmission, including the Raptor. However, purists will be drawn to the 7-speed manual transmission offered on some 2-door Broncos. It's only available with the 4-cylinder engine, notable for its energetic and responsive performance.
A part-time 4WD system is standard on most trim levels, but you can get a more deluxe system with an automatic 4WD mode. Both setups have the low-range transfer case needed for serious off-roading.
You've undoubtedly heard about the Bronco's G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) terrain-management system. It's standard across the board, though the available modes vary by trim level. Ford Broncos with an automatic transmission include Ford Trail Control (off-road cruise control), Trail One-Pedal Drive (allows one-pedal driving in off-road situations), and Trail Turn Assist. Manual-transmission Broncos have hill-descent control only.
Bronco buyers will want to consider the optional Sasquatch package, which includes a raised suspension (ground clearance increases from 8.3 to 11.5 inches on 4-doors), 35-inch all-terrain tires, front and rear locking differentials, and a lower (numerically higher) final drive ratio to help you climb steep grades. The Badlands trim level has a front stabilizer-bar disconnect feature that allows more wheel articulation over boulders and ruts. Although all-terrain capability takes priority, you'll find most 2022 Ford Broncos agreeable to drive on pavement. The steering feel is especially impressive.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor goes beyond the Sasquatch package with 13 inches of ground clearance, specialized off-road shock absorbers, and enormous 37-inch tires. The Bronco Raptor is 6 inches wider than the Bronco Everglades and Wildtrak—the widest of the lesser Ford Broncos. The Raptor is better suited for wide-open desert than narrow canyon trails.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with either the 4-cylinder or 2.7-liter V6 engine equipped, the 2022 Ford Bronco returns 17-20 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Broncos with the Sasquatch package return lower fuel economy due to their all-terrain tires, raised suspension, and lower gearing. Predictably, the least efficient Bronco is the Raptor, which rates 15 mpg in combined driving.
Consumers shopping for the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport will find that the base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks trim levels come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine rated at 181 hp and 190 pound-feet of torque. The Bronco Sport Badlands upgrades to a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 250 hp and 277 pound-feet.
The 4-cylinder might seem like the obvious choice, but the turbo 3-cylinder provides adequate performance and works well with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission. The Badlands trim has a heavier-duty version of the 8-speed automatic with manual paddle shifters.
The 2022 Bronco Sport Badlands also has a more sophisticated AWD system that lets drivers lock front/rear torque at 50/50. It also has a rear locking differential. All Ford Bronco Sports have the G.O.A.T system; only the Badlands trim gets the Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl modes. The Bronco Sport Badlands also has Ford Trail Control.
Regardless of trim, the Ford Bronco Sport feels surprisingly eager on rough terrain, and the Badlands version offers a respectable 8.8 inches of ground clearance. Unfortunately, its off-road capability comes at a cost: It has a bouncier ride on pavement than the standard Bronco.
Fuel economy, at least, is a win for the 2022 Bronco Sport. Three-cylinder Bronco Sports are EPA-rated for 26 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The 4-cylinder version rates 23 mpg combined.
Neither Bronco is great for towing. The standard Ford Bronco has a modest 3,500-pound tow rating when properly equipped. The Bronco Sport maxes out at 2,200 pounds in Badlands trim.
The standard Bronco has a more potent engine lineup and more capable 4WD systems. But the Bronco Sport has the edge in fuel economy.
Consumers will find that every 2022 Ford Bronco comes with a standard package of Ford Co-Pilot 360 advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) that includes forward-collision warning (FCW) with automatic emergency braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection.
Starting at the Bronco's Big Bend trim level, you can access an upgraded package with a blind-spot warning (BSW) system with rear cross-traffic warning, lane-departure warning (LDW), and lane-keeping assistance (LKA). Starting at the Outer Banks trim level, adaptive cruise control (ACC) and evasive steering assistance (ESA) are available.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released only partial ratings for the 2022 Ford Bronco. The 4-door Bronco has a 4-star (out of 5) frontal-impact crash rating. Both body styles have a 3-star rollover-resistance rating. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash testing, the 4-door version of the structurally similar 2021 Ford Bronco has Good ratings in all major categories.
The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport has more standard ADAS than the regular Bronco. Every Bronco Sport comes with FCW with AEB and pedestrian detection, BSW with rear cross-traffic warning, LDW, and LKA.
On the options list, you'll find the equivalent of a traffic jam assistance (TJA) system—a common form of Level 2 semi-autonomous driving assistance. Features include ACC, ESA, lane-centering assistance, and traffic sign recognition.
The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport has a 5-star rating for overall crash protection and a 4-star rollover rating in NHTSA testing. The IIHS has named the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport a Top Safety Pick+, the Institute's highest accolade for safety.
The 2022 Ford Bronco has the automaker's most advanced Sync 4 infotainment platform as standard equipment. Sync 4 is notable for its wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. It also allows over-the-air (OTA) updates. An 8-inch touchscreen display is standard on most trims. Most Broncos are eligible for a 12-inch touchscreen display (standard on the Raptor). The available factory navigation system offers subscription-based conversational voice-recognition technology. All versions have two rear-seat USB ports, and some trims include a wireless charging pad.
The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport uses the older Sync 3 platform. It's functional but lacks the processing power of Sync 4, along with its wireless smartphone integration and OTA update capability. Every 2022 Bronco Sport has an 8-inch touchscreen display and wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Factory navigation is optional on all trims except the base model. Two rear-seat USB ports are standard.
Inside, the 2022 Ford Bronco has an appealing blend of retro design elements and modern technology. In addition, there's ample versatility, thanks to the midsize SUV's removable roof and doors. The Bronco also has rubberized flooring with drain plugs to simplify clean-up, and some versions feature marine-grade vinyl upholstery that resists mildew.
Once you climb into the cabin, you'll like the accommodations. Materials are high-quality, and adults will find both the front and rear seats comfortable. Around the back, the Bronco's side-hinged cargo gate opens from left to right (not ideal for curbside loading) and has a heavy full-size spare tire mounted on it. You'll want to load bags via the separate flip-up rear glass when possible.
Cargo capacity, at least, is generous. Four-door Broncos offer 35.6 cubic feet (38.3 with the soft top) of cargo space behind their rear seats. Folding the seats provides 77.6 cubic feet (83.0 soft top).
Although the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport's exterior design pays homage to past Broncos, there's little evidence of that heritage inside the cabin. Still, its furnishings are attractive and of average quality for the compact crossover class.
Getting in and out of the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is much easier thanks to its lower stance compared to the taller Bronco. It's not as spacious inside, though, and six-footers will find legroom scarce. Likewise, the Bronco Sport isn't a top pick for families needing to install rear-facing car seats. On the plus side, it's easy to see out of the Bronco Sport from the driver's seat.
The Ford Bronco Sport has less cargo capacity than the standard Bronco. You'll find 32.5 cubic feet (29.4 with a sunroof) of cargo space behind its second-row seats. With the rear seats folded, it offers 65.2 cubic feet (60.6 with a sunroof).
If you'd like to learn more about these Ford SUVs, be sure to read our expert reviews of the 2022 Ford Bronco and the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport. Check out our ratings from verified vehicle owners to find out how people like you rate models in this segment.
Also, please keep in mind that while the information in this article was accurate and valid on May 26, 2022, it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.
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