If you love the Ford Bronco (and who doesn’t?) but want something just a tad smaller, the Bronco Sport is waiting to make you happy. This alternative to the full-sized Bronco has steadily grown in popularity since its introduction for the 2021 model year. Ford has added a Free Wheeling trim level this time around, with rainbow-style red, yellow, and orange exterior and interior detailing inspired by the late-1970s/early-1980s Free Wheelin’ appearance packages that Ford applied to Broncos, pickups, vans, and even Pinto wagons of that era. Those who prefer a different look can choose the two-tone Heritage trim with plaid upholstery, or the Big Bend with the Black Appearance Package.View Inventory
With five great-looking trim levels (Big Bend, Heritage, Free Wheeling, Outer Banks, and Badlands) offered, making a decision on which Bronco Sport to go with will be a challenge. Ford’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost is the efficient powerplant you’ll find in most of them; it puts out 181 hp and 190 lb.-ft. of torque. The Badlands is upgraded with a stronger 2.0-liter EcoBoost, which makes 250 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. Either way, you’ll get an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive. With the addition of the Class II Trailer Tow Package, you can pull as much as 2,000 pounds with the base EcoBoost and 2,200 lb. with the 2.0-liter upgrade.
The Big Bend is ready for cold-weather driving with its heated exterior mirrors and automatic climate control. It also gets proximity keyless entry, LED headlights, rear privacy glass, a manual liftgate with flip-up glass and a pair of flood lights, a rear-hatch bottle opener, push-button ignition, a 4.2-inch gauge cluster, Ford’s Terrain Management System with five G.O.A.T. Modes (Goes Over Any Terrain), and a 60/40-split second-row seatback. The retro-styled Heritage trim owes its appearance to the original 1966 Bronco, with unique red Bronco lettering, plaid fabric upholstery, and Oxford White roof, fascia, and wheels.
The first-ever Free Wheeling version of the Bronco Sport catches everyone’s eye with its rainbow (orange, yellow, and red) body stripes, silver grille with two-color Bronco lettering, and sunset-patterned fabric upholstery with ombre stitching. The Outer Banks goes for a more sedate appearance but higher levels of comfort and convenience with leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, two zones of automatic climate control, remote ignition, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 6.5-inch LCD gauge cluster, ambient interior lighting, position memory (driver’s seat and exterior mirrors), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 110V power socket.
As the most trail-focused of the Bronco Sport trims, the Badlands earns its rugged name with an off-road suspension, metal bash plates, an advanced twin-clutch 4WD system, Trail Control (off-road cruise control), two additional G.O.A.T. modes, a 180-degree front-view monitor, and front tow hooks. It’s less luxurious than the Outer Banks as far as standard equipment, but some of those niceties are offered as options.
Coming standard on every ’24 Bronco Sport is the Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology Package containing automatic high beams, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ is optional for those who want adaptive cruise control, lane centering, evasive steering assist, and speed sign recognition. Rear parking sensors come standard in the Outer Banks but are optional for the other trims.
For infotainment, all trims have an 8-inch touchscreen and Ford’s SYNC 3 multimedia system. Its base features are Bluetooth, voice recognition, smartphone integration (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), SiriusXM satellite radio, and a sound system with six speakers. All trims are eligible for the available navigation, but only the Outer Banks and Badlands may upgrade to the 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Ford understands that vehicle buyers enjoy a bit of customization, and so there are several optional bundles offered for the various Bronco Sport trims. The Big Bend has the Black Appearance Package, which blacks out the exterior look and upgrades the interior with sport-contoured bucket seats. Those who order one of the first three trims (Big Bend, Heritage, and Free Wheeling) may elect the Convenience Package to get LED fog lights, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wireless phone charging, a universal garage-door remote, and rear parking sensors. The Tech Package is offered for the Outer Banks and Badlands, adding wireless phone charging, a Bang & Olufsen audio system (ten speakers), HD radio, and a universal home remote. The Black Diamond Off-Road Package will add underbody protection, special graphics, and grey-painted wheels to the Big Bend and Outer Banks.