2021 Ford Bronco Sport

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Ford Bronco Sport highlights

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  • Adjustable floodlights on the liftgate
  • Multiple traction settings
  • High ground clearance


  • Jerky transmission shifting
  • Cramped backseat
  • Wind noise on highways

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 26 highway, 23 combined

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The adventure starts here.

When off-road capability is a non-negotiable but super-size just isn't your style, Ford has you covered with the 2021 Bronco Sport SUV. With a rebellious streak running deep to its core, the Bronco Sport is athletic, fun, and utterly capable, no matter the conditions. It's wildly good-looking too, which never hurts. Think Cyber Orange exterior paint (or one of the nine other colorways), available privacy glass, and generous ground clearance too. Inside it's packed with connective tech and has room for your family, pets, bikes, boxes, and more. It will match your driving ambitions on forest, rock, or river trails, thanks to its aptly named G.O.A.T. Modes™ system. This is serious fun—there's no doubt about it. Keep reading to find out more about the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport.

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport trims

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  • Features 17-inch wheels, roof rails, LED headlights, rear liftgate with flip-up window, eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, six-speaker audio system, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, Terrain Management System, liftgate floodlights, two smart-charge USB ports, and more.

  • View all Ford Bronco Sport Bases in stock

Big Bend:

  • Adds rubberized cargo floor, SecuriCode keyless entry keypad, front seatback zipper map pockets with MOLLE strap system, fog lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control, stain-resistant cloth upholstery, and more.

  • View all Ford Bronco Sport Big Bends in stock

Outer Banks:

  • Adds dual-zone automatic climate control, rain sensing wipers with de-icer, 12V power points, AC power outlet, ambient interior lighting, rear privacy glass, heated front seats, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, and more

  • View all Ford Bronco Sport Outer Banks in stock


  • Adds 2.0L EcoBoost® engine, off-road suspension, skid plates, front towing hooks, two additional drive modes, forward-facing 180-degree camera system, trail control system, rear-seat underfloor storage, and more. Removes some Outer Banks features, including ambient lighting and household-style power outlets.

  • View all Ford Bronco Sport Badlands in stock

Limited Edition

  • Adds wireless charging pad, 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen® audio system, sunroof, class II tow hitch receiver, trailer sway control, and more.

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport

1. Your outdoor home

2021 Ford Bronco Sport: Cargo | CarMax

Whether you're at home under a forest canopy or prefer desert landscapes under a canopy of stars, the Bronco Sport is a welcome companion on your camping trips. It makes these back-to-nature trips easier, without getting between you and the earth beneath your feet. Need some light at the campground? The Bronco Sport's adjustable liftgate floodlights can illuminate up to 129 square feet. An optional slide-out table for the cargo bay, a built-in bottle opener, and plenty of useful carabiner hooks and loops all add up to make this your ideal outdoor kitchen-diner. Want to brew up your morning coffee? The Bronco Sport has available AC power outlets too.

2. Explore & stay connected

2021 Ford Bronco Sport: Touchscreen Infotainment | CarMax

No matter how far you travel, staying in touch with your loved ones and your surroundings still matters. The Bronco Sport has lots of convenience features at every trim level. For example, the optional Ford Co-Pilot 360 Assist+ includes a voice-activated touchscreen navigation system. Standard across all trims, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity keeps you connected and entertained. Not only can you access your favorite playlists, but the Bronco Sports' SYNC® system also allows you to make voice-activated requests, from seeking a gas station to calling your grandpa with the latest fishing trip tale.

3. Driver comforts

2021 Ford Bronco Sport: Dashboard | CarMax

Despite being an all-action SUV, the Bronco Sport's interior design is a passenger-pleasing delight. Hard-wearing surfaces are in it for the long haul, while the optional easy-clean upholstery scrubs up well, no matter what you bring into the cabin after a day outdoors. A crisp driver display, rotary gear shift dial, easy access cupholders, and a deep console bin ensure your focus as the driver can remain with the road ahead. Getting settled for a longer trip? Both front seats have multi-way adjustability as standard — they're heated, too, on the Outer Banks and Badlands trims.

4. G.O.A.T. modes

2021 Ford Bronco Sport: Gear shift | CarMax

What does it mean? According to Ford, the G.O.A.T. Modes system indicates that the Bronco Sport can "Go Over Any Type of Terrain". And while that moniker is pretty fun, it's no gimmick. The Base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks trims can switch up between five different driving modes (Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, and Sand) to suit the conditions you come up against. Decide on a Bronco Sport Badlands trim, though, and you get two further modes: Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl. Add in the minimum 7.8-inches of ground clearance and its water-wading capability (up to 17.7-inches at Base trim level), and you've got a spirited SUV that's up for anything.

5. The off-road badlands trim

2021 Ford Bronco Sport: Exterior side view | CarMax

The Bronco Sport is an SUV for active lifestyles and it's the Badlands trim that pushes the boundaries even further with some extra features for your next adventure. The two further G.O.A.T. Modes can take you through muddy fields or up to rocky hilltops. More ground clearance (up to 8.6-inches) and water fording depth capability (upped to 23.6-inches) can help you blaze a trail through new pathways that would be hard to navigate otherwise. Trail Control functionality and a 180-degree front-fascia mounted camera offers detailed assistance as you control your surroundings.

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The five-seat 2017-2021 Jeep Cherokee is an action-packed off-roader, powered by a choice of three engine options across five trim levels. The 2017-2021 base model is powered by a 180-hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine. As you move up the trim levels, you can unlock two further engine options for the 2017-2021 Cherokee; a 3.2L V6 and, from 2019, a turbocharged 2.0L. The Jeep Cherokee is a chameleon; its stylish exterior and off-road functionality ensure this SUV is at home on both urban roads and forest trails.

The 2018-2021 base trim Cherokee Latitude includes these standard features:

  • Rearview camera

  • Bluetooth functionality

  • Cloth upholstery

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Ford Bronco Sport features and specs

Big Bend 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sync System
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Running Boards
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Four Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.4"/R 36.9"

Head room

F 41.5"/R 41.7"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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Color options

2021 Ford Bronco Sport: Color options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Alto Blue Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

  • Area 51

  • Cactus Gray

  • Carbonized Gray Metallic

  • Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-coat

  • Iconic Silver Metallic

  • Kodiak Brown Metallic

  • Oxford White

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

  • Shadow Black

Interior colors:

  • Ebony (Base, Big Bend trims)

  • Ebony/Active Orange (Badlands trim only)

  • Ebony/Area 51 (Big Bend trim only)

  • Ebony/Roast (Outer Banks trim, Badlands option package)

  • Medium Dark Slate (Big Bend trim only)

  • Navy Pier (Outer Banks trim only)

Interior details

The 2021 Bronco Sport has seating for five across two rows. Cloth upholstery is standard, while the Outer Banks trim features a leather upholstery upgrade. A safari-style higher roofline and 105.7 cu-ft of total passenger space give this cabin a spacious atmosphere. Headroom is a little over 41-inches across both rows, while legroom is generous too: 42.4-inches in the front and 36.9-inches for the rear row seating.

The base trim Bronco Sport has 32.5 cu-ft of fixed cargo space, increasing to 65.2 cu-ft when the 60/40-split rear-row seating flips down. The interior surfaces are built for tough usage and there are some clever features that acknowledge its adventure-led uses. A rubberized cargo floor that can be removed for cleaning is also standard from the Big Bend trim upwards.

For a touch of luxury, pick the Outer Banks or Badlands trims for heated front seats. The Outer Banks trim also comes with ambient interior lighting.

Child seat details

The 2021 Bronco Sport is suited to family life. It is equipped with two complete sets of LATCH connectors (two lower anchors and an upper tether) in the second row's outboard seats. The rear-row middle seat also features an upper tether.

Caregivers have plenty of room to fit seats of all types, thanks to the size of the Bronco Sport's cabin, with little to no impact on front-seat passenger comfort.


The 2021 Bronco Sport offers a choice of two engine options. The Base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks trims are powered by a 181-hp 1.5L EcoBoost turbocharged engine with automatic start-stop technology, all-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. These models all feature 7.8-inches of ground clearance and the ability to cross water up to 17.7-inches.

For a horsepower boost, pick the Badlands trim. It is equipped with a 250-hp 2.0L EcoBoost turbocharged engine and is paired to an eight-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Ground clearance increased to 8.6 inches, and it has an impressive zero-to-60 time too; 5.9 seconds, according to the manufacturer, when new.

Bronco Sport models with the 1.5L turbocharged engine achieve an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined.

 Models with the 2.0L engine get an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.

When properly equipped, the 2021 Bronco Sport with 1.5L turbocharged engine can tow up to an estimated 2,000 lbs, while the 2.0L turbocharged engine can tow up to an estimated 2,200 lbs.

Year comparisons

2021-2022 Ford Bronco Sport (First Generation)

With a name familiar to many, the Ford Bronco Sport makes its debut for the 2021 model year, as a brand-new compact SUV model. The 2021 Bronco Sport is available in four standard trims, and one further limited-edition trim which is only available for the 2021 model year, and capped at just 2000 units. The all-terrain capability and athletic styling of the Bronco Sport makes it a standout SUV for adventurous drivers. The 2022 model continues the success story, with only minor trim level equipment changes from the previous year.

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