The Ford Bronco could be spotted on the streets and highways from the 1960s all the way to 1996, when it was replaced by the Ford Expedition. Then in 2021, after being off the market for 25 years, the Ford Bronco was welcomed back with much anticipation and joy. But Ford was not content with just bringing back this iconic SUV; they also decided to offer a smaller version dubbed the Bronco Sport. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is every bit the counterpart to its big brother in many ways, including the iconic styling and excellent off-road performance. But, that's not all; the Bronco Sport is a four-door SUV with a surprising amount of cargo space. And it is also the perfect choice for those who love to drive around town in style.
Whether you desire a rugged SUV with off-road chops or a stylish and aesthetically pleasing small SUV with satisfying power, the Bronco Sport should be at the top of your list of preferred rides. The Bronco Sport made its debut in 2021, so Ford elected not to make too many changes to the 2022 model. But that is not a bad thing considering that the Bronco Sport enjoys plenty of positive attributes.
We all like choices, but there are times when having too many options can lead to indecision. For example, there are people who take so long deciding which movie to see at the theater they wind up missing the show. Ford only offers two engine choices for the 2022 Bronco Sport, which is the perfect number for this SUV.
The 1.5-liter EcoBoost Turbo I-3 produces a robust 181 horsepower with enough torque to get you through those obstacles found in off-road driving conditions. And as expected by most of you, the three-cylinder design is a good choice for that balance of power and good fuel economy.
The optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost cranks out more horsepower, which is to be expected with a bigger engine. At 250 horsepower, you will feel a noticeable difference in acceleration and enjoy passing power, but you also will get slightly fewer miles per gallon. Nevertheless, they are both excellent choices, and you can't go wrong with whatever you choose to go under the hood.
The Bronco Sport handles very well on the road, it enjoys agile handling in winding roads, and its small frame makes it easy to maneuver through crowded areas like parking lots. As a result, the Bronco Sport is road-friendly and a more practical choice compared to full-size SUVs. But that is not to say it can't compete with them in terms of performance.
When the paved road ends is when you really get to see and feel what the Bronco Sport can do. Thanks to the GOAT Mode Terrain Management System and the standard four-wheel drive, even rookie off-roaders will perform very well on the trails. The most challenging part is going to be deciding which mode best suits the terrain.
If you need even more reasons to check out the new Bronco Sport, you will be happy to know that it has the ability to tow. With some auto manufacturers, towing capacities seem to be an afterthought for their SUVs. However, a properly equipped Bronco with the 2.0-liter engine can tow up to 2,200 pounds. Even the three-cylinder option can tow 2,000 pounds.
The Bronco Sport might be a compact SUV, but it still holds the ability to seat five quite comfortably. This means you have enough passenger space for the entire family, and you can be the one who takes the group of friends out for a night on the town. And you won't feel bad for making passengers sit in the back seats; there is plenty of head and legroom. This is a far cry from many crossovers and small SUVs with back seats better suited for smaller adults and kids.
All Bronco Sport owners enjoy an eight-inch touchscreen with six speakers and Ford's SYNC 3 interface, giving them access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. Available infotainment features include a Bang and Olufsen premium sound system with ten speakers and a wireless charger, providing you with an even more high-tech feel.
Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control is standard in the top trim levels, which is an added bonus for anyone who has a passenger who is always too hot or too cold. The ability for the passengers to control their own temperature settings is a blessing for anyone who often drives with passengers. Thanks to the available eight-way power adjustment driver's seat, the driver will remain comfortable on long drives, and the available leather upholstery only adds to the comfort of the ride. For those who live in areas where winters are cold, in no way are the available heated seats in the higher trims overboard.
The interior of the Ford Bronco is well-designed, and the layout is simple and easy to navigate. The dash is straightforward and free from unnecessary gadgets that really serve no purpose except to distract you. All of those redundant buttons and knobs you find on some models not only confuse the driver but also make cleaning the interior far more difficult than it has to be.
You wouldn't think that a compact SUV could have ample cargo space, but that is just another pleasant surprise that the Bronco Sport offers. Cargo space in the Bronco Sport runs just over 32 cubic feet, which is on par with the competition. But when you fold the back seats down, you enjoy 65 cubic feet of cargo space. Better still, the interior is fitted with a plethora of bins, shelves, and other storage options. Even the cargo floor can be dropped a few inches to fit tall objects that need to be transported. There is even a storage bin neatly tucked under the rear seat.
Safety is a significant concern for many drivers, as it should be, and the Ford Bronco Sport is a winner with excellent crash test scores and features designed to get you to your destination safe and sound. You will find a Blind Spot Information System, a Lane-Keeping System, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Auto High-Beam Headlamps on all Bronco models. But the safety features you enjoy in your Bronco Sport don't end there.
There are plenty of other safety features, including Pre-Collision Assist, which warns you when faced with a possible collision and can automatically apply the brakes. Cross Traffic Alert is one of the more popular safety features that you are sure to utilize on a regular basis. With this safety feature, the game of guessing if a car is coming while trying to back out of a parking space is obsolete. Instead, you simply back out slowly, and the system will warn you should another vehicle approach. Ford also includes MyKey, which is a feature that allows you to program restricted driving modes for younger drivers, which promotes safe driving habits.
There are also several available safety features. Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-GO is an option that helps drivers maintain a safe following distance and stay within the speed limit. You can also add Evasive Steering Assist, which detects vehicles that you might collide with and starts to apply the brakes while applying additional torque as you are steering to avoid a collision. After you have safely navigated around the car, the system applies steering torque once again in the opposite direction, encouraging you to steer back into your original lane. Other available safety features include Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Centering.