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  • How Does The 2021 Bronco Sport Stack Up Against the Competition?

How Does The 2021 Bronco Sport Stack Up Against the Competition?

It may be smaller in size, but please don’t call it a Bronco II!

Jul 15, 2020
We're all pretty aware that Ford aimed the all-new 2021 Bronco squarely at the Jeep Wrangler. What's a little less clear, at first glance anyway, is what vehicles compete with the all-new 2021 Bronco Sport. Smaller in stature than its "big brother," the Bronco Sport is a FWD-based compact—or subcompact, depending on who you ask—SUV. Thanks to its size, the Bronco Sport fits into a class of vehicle that's becoming quite popular with both urban dwellers and more outdoorsy types.
Although there are several AWD vehicles in this class, the Bronco Sport's off-road prowess gives it a bit of an advantage for those looking for a more rugged, adventure-ready ride. Aggressive 29-inch tires paired with loads of off-road tech, a trick twin-clutch rear drive unit, the ability to lock the rear differential, and more all pave the way for what should be quite the little off-roader. At least that's how it looks on paper, anyway.
Photo 2/21   |   003 2021 Bronco Sport Exterior
Knowing that the Bronco Sport is set to hit the trail in early 2021, we've rounded up a list of competitive vehicles that are available to purchase today, and we pulled together some of the most important specs for those seeking to head deep into the backcountry. These vehicles needed to be in, or near, the same size class as the Bronco Sport. And they needed to be marketed to the outdoor enthusiast. All-wheel drive was also a must-have. The list is presented in no particular order. Happy comparison shopping!

2021 Bronco Sport

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Base Engine: 1.5L EcoBoost I-4 (181 hp / 190 lb-ft)
Optional Engine: 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 (245 hp / 275 lb-ft)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Final Drive Ratio: 3.81:1
Crawl Ratio: 18:1
Length: 172.7 inches
Width: 82.2 inches
Height: 71.4 inches (Badlands)
Wheelbase: 105.1 inches
Ground Clearance: 8.8 inches (Badlands)
Approach Angle: 30.4 degrees (Badlands)
Breakover Angle: 20.4 degrees (Badlands)
Departure Angle: 33.1 degrees (Badlands)
Water Fording: 23.6 inches (Badlands)
Maximum Towing: 2,200 pounds (Badlands)
Maximum Payload: 1,000 pounds
Base Price: $26,600
 

2020 Jeep Renegade

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Photo 5/21   |   007 2020 Jeep Renegade
Base Engine: 1.3L Turbocharged I-4 (177 hp / 210 lb-ft)
Optional Engine: 2.4L I-4 (180 hp / 175 lb-ft)
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Final Drive Ratio: 3.734:1 (4.584:1 Trailhawk)
Crawl Ratio: 18.0:1 (Trailhawk)
Length: 166.6 inches
Width: 79.6 inches
Height: 66.5 inches
Wheelbase: 101.2 inches
Ground Clearance: 8.7 inches (Trailhawk)
Approach Angle: 30.5 degrees (Trailhawk)
Breakover Angle: 25.7 degrees (Trailhawk)
Departure Angle: 34.3 degrees (Trailhawk)
Water Fording: 19 inches
Maximum Towing: 2,000 pounds
Maximum Payload: 1,376 pounds
Base Price: $24,120 (4x4)
 

2020 Jeep Cherokee

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Photo 7/21   |   009 2020 Jeep Cheroke Trailhawk
Base Engine: 2.0L Turbocharged I-4 (270 hp / 295 lb-ft)
Optional Engine: 3.2L V-6 (271 hp / 239 lb-ft)
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Final Drive Ratio: 3.251:1 (3.517:1 Trailhawk)
Crawl Ratio: 48.3:1 (Trailhawk w/Active Drive Lock)
Length: 182.9 inches (Trailhawk)
Width: 74.9 inches (Trailhawk w/Active Drive Lock)
Height: 67.8 inches (Trailhawk w/Active Drive Lock)
Wheelbase: 107.1 inches (Trailhawk w/Active Drive Lock)
Ground Clearance: 8.7 inches (Trailhawk w/Active Drive Lock)
Approach Angle: 29.9 degrees (Trailhawk w/Active Drive Lock)
Breakover Angle: 22.9
Departure Angle: 33.2
Water Fording: N/A
Maximum Towing: 4,500 pounds (3.2L V-6 w/Tow Package)
Maximum Payload: 1,250 pounds
Base Price: $27,585 (4x4)
 

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

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Photo 9/21   |   013 2020 Rav4 Trd Off Road
Base Engine: 2.5L I-4 (203 hp / 184 lb-ft)
Optional Engine: N/A
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Final Drive Ratio: 3.177:1
Crawl Ratio: 16.7:1
Length: 181.5 inches
Width: 73.4 inches
Height: 68.6 inches
Wheelbase: 105.9 inches
Ground Clearance: 8.6 inches
Approach Angle: 19 degrees
Breakover Angle: N/A
Departure Angle: 21 degrees
Water Fording: N/A
Maximum Towing: 3,500 pounds
Maximum Payload: 1,050 pounds
Base Price: $35,280
 

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

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Photo 11/21   |   016 2020 Subaru Crosstrek
Base Engine: 2.0L Boxer 4-cylinder (152 hp / 145 lb-ft)
Optional Engine: N/A
Transmission: 6-speed Manual / Lineartronic CVT
Final Drive Ratio: 4.444:1 (manual) / 3.900:1 (CVT)
Crawl Ratio: 16.9:1 (manual) / 15.8:1 (CVT)
Length: 175.8 inches
Width: 79.0 inches
Height: 63.6 inches
Wheelbase: 104.9 inches
Ground Clearance: 8.7 inches
Approach Angle: 18 degrees
Breakover Angle: 19.7 degrees
Departure Angle: 29 degrees
Water Fording: N/A
Maximum Towing: 1,500 pounds
Maximum Payload: 1,226 pounds
Base Price: $22,145
 

2020 Subaru Forester

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Photo 13/21   |   019 2020 Subaru Forester
Base Engine: 2.5L Boxer 4-cylinder (182 hp / 176 lb-ft)
Optional Engine: N/A
Transmission: Lineartronic CVT
Final Drive Ratio: 3.70:1
Crawl Ratio: N/A
Length: 182.1 inches
Width: 81.3 inches
Height: 68.1 inches
Wheelbase: 105.1 inches
Ground Clearance: 8.7 inches
Approach Angle: 22.9 degrees
Breakover Angle: 19.6 degrees
Departure Angle: 24.6 degrees
Water Fording: N/A
Maximum Towing: 1,500 pounds
Maximum Payload: 1,442 pounds
Base Price: $24,495
 

2021 Kia Seltos

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Photo 15/21   |   2021 Seltos
Base Engine: 2.0L I-4 (146 hp / 132 lb-ft)
Optional Engine: 1.6L Turbocharged I-4 (175 hp / 195 lb-ft)
Transmission: IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission) / 7-speed Dual Clutch Automatic
Final Drive Ratio: 6.052:1
Crawl Ratio: 16.2:1 (IVT) / 22.0:1 (7-speed)
Length: 172.0 inches
Width: 70.9 inches
Height: 64.2 inches
Wheelbase: 103.5 inches
Ground Clearance: 7.3 inches
Approach Angle: 28 degrees
Breakover Angle: N/A
Departure Angle: 28 degrees
Water Fording: N/A
Maximum Towing: N/A
Maximum Payload: N/A
Base Price: $21,990
 

2020 Honda Passport

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Photo 17/21   |   025 2020 Honda Passport
Base Engine: 3.5L V-6 (280 hp / 262 lb-ft)
Optional Engine: N/A
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Final Drive Ratio: 4.334:1
Crawl Ratio: 20.4:1
Length: 190.5 inches
Width: 78.6 inches
Height: 72.2 inches
Wheelbase: 110.91 inches
Ground Clearance: 8.1 inches
Approach Angle: 21.4 degrees
Breakover Angle: N/A
Departure Angle: 27.6 degrees
Water Fording: N/A
Maximum Towing: 5,000 pounds
Maximum Payload: N/A
Base Price: $33,990
 

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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Base Engine: 1.2L Ecotec I-4 (137 hp / 162 lb-ft)
Optional Engine: 1.3L Ecotec I-3 (155 hp / 174 lb-ft)
Transmission: CVT / 9-speed automatic
Final Drive Ratio: 5.44:1 (CVT) / 3.17:1 (9-speed)
Crawl Ratio: 14.2:1 (CVT) / 14.9:1 (9-speed)
Length: 173.7 inches (ACTIV)
Width: 71.2 inches
Height: 65.7 inches (ACTIV)
Wheelbase: 103.9 inches
Ground Clearance: N/A
Approach Angle: N/A
Breakover Angle: N/A
Departure Angle: N/A
Water Fording: N/A
Maximum Towing: 1,000 pounds
Maximum Payload: N/A
Base Price: $27,345
 

2020 Range Rover Evoque

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Photo 21/21   |   031 2020 Range Rover Evoque
Base Engine: 2.0L Turbocharged I-4 (246 hp / 269 lb-ft)
Optional Engine: 2.0L Turbocharged I-4 (296 hp / 295 lb-ft)
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Final Drive Ratio: 4.544:1
Crawl Ratio: 21.4:1
Length: 172.1 inches
Width: 82.7 inches
Height: 64.9 inches
Wheelbase: 105.6 inches
Ground Clearance: 8.3 inches
Approach Angle: 25.0 degrees
Breakover Angle: 20.7 degrees
Departure Angle: 30.6 degrees
Water Fording: 23.6 inches
Maximum Towing: 3,968 pounds
Maximum Payload: 1,420 pounds
Base Price: $42,650

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