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2022 Ford Bronco Sport review

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Pros

  • Four-wheel drive comes standard
  • Rugged exterior styling
  • Different driving modes to help navigate various terrain

Cons

  • Minimal backseat legroom
  • Wind noise at high speeds
  • Sluggish braking

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 26 highway, 23 combined

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A compact SUV that loves to get dirty.

Introduced in 2021—the same year Ford brought back the iconic Bronco—the Bronco Sport is a compact SUV with aggressive styling and off-road capability. Offering two turbocharged engines, standard 4x4, and trail-ready equipment, the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is a practical SUV ready for any adventure. This model also delivers more on-road comfort and higher EPA estimates than its larger counterparts, making it an excellent runabout for around-town driving. While we currently do not have many 2022 Ford Bronco Sport on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2022 model, you should also consider other model years of the Ford Bronco Sport with similar features.

All Ford Bronco Sport years

What is new for the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport?

  • The First Edition trim has been discontinued for 2022.
  • Bronco Sport trims have been upgraded with Leatherette Seats as standard equipment this year.
  • The Big Bend trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters as standard equipment.
  • The Badlands trim now comes with Leatherette & Cloth as standard equipment.
  • The Base trim now comes with Alloy Wheels as standard equipment.
  • The Outer Banks trim now comes with Leather Seats as standard equipment.

2022 Ford Bronco Sport trims

Curious how Ford Bronco Sport trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

Base:

  • Includes 17-inch sparkle silver-painted aluminum wheels, G.O.A.T. Modes, six-way manual driver seat and four-way manual front passenger seat, auto hold, post-collision braking, and more.

  • View all Ford Bronco Sport Bases in stock

Big Bend:

  • Adds 17-inch carbonized, gray-painted high gloss aluminum wheels, two door intelligent access, electronic automatic temperature control, front seatback MOLLE strap system, rubberized cargo floor, and more.

  • View all Ford Bronco Sport Big Bends in stock

Outer Banks:

  • Adds 18-inch ebony black-painted machined-face aluminum wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, six-way power front-passenger seat, heated steering wheel and front seats, keyless entry keypad, and more.

  • View all Ford Bronco Sport Outer Banks in stock

Badlands:

  • Adds 17-inch carbonized, gray-painted aluminum wheels, G.O.A.T. Modes with Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl, metal bash plates, front 180-degree camera with split-view and washer, eight-way power driver seat and six-way manual front passenger seat, and more.

  • View all Ford Bronco Sport Badlands in stock



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5 reasons to buy the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport

1. Turbocharged engines

2022 Ford Bronco Sport: Engine | CarMax

If you're looking for an off-road compact SUV with powertrain options for any lifestyle, the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport configurations will grab your attention. Base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks models feature a standard turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder with 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque, while the trim-topping Badlands gains a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. For a 4x4 SUV, the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport mpg is respectable, with the 1.5L returning an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined and the 2.0L achieving an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.

 Both engines are well-equipped to handle light hauling with an estimated 2,000-lb towing capacity with the 1.5L and an estimated 2,200 lbs with the 2.0L—both when properly equipped.

2. Rugged capability

2022 Ford Bronco Sport: Driver console | CarMax

The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is a rugged and capable option if you like to travel where the pavement ends, and adventures begin. Each model comes standard with 4x4 capability and G.O.A.T. Modes (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) to help you navigate over, or through, just about anything—including water that is 23.6 inches deep (Badlands model). G.O.A.T. Modes include Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, and Sand settings, which optimize steering, handling, and powertrain responses for confident operation in unforgiving landscapes. 2022 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands models also include two additional drive modes—Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl—and metal bash plates to provide enhanced capability and protection, allowing you to travel where you want.

3. High-performance suspension

2022 Ford Bronco Sport: Badge | CarMax

If you want to off-road in comfort, the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport comes equipped with a High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) on all trims. This system maintains vehicle composure on punishing terrains with uniquely tuned front struts with hydraulic rebound stops that provide improved responses and off-road ease. In addition, softer springs and anti-roll bars provide enhanced articulation and stability when traveling over obstacles. Whether discovering new trails or exploring old favorites, the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport is made to handle extreme conditions.

4. Clever interior

2022 Ford Bronco Sport: Interior drivers seat | CarMax

The interior of the Bronco Sport is as versatile as a multi-tool pocketknife on the trail, offering seating for five passengers and a maximum of 65.2 cu-ft of cargo volume. 2022 Ford Bronco Sport Big Bend models and higher include a front seatback MOLLE strap system to hold a water bottle, flashlight, and other trail essentials. A 110V/150W AC power outlet (standard in Outer Banks) proves useful in the wilderness, while a standard rear liftgate flood light enhances visibility when loading up at night. The 2022 Ford Bronco also includes a safari-style roof, providing more interior space for cargo and extra headroom for passengers. Additionally, the available Cargo Management System comes in handy as a divider or fold-out table for your camping gear.

5. Cutting-edge technology

2022 Ford Bronco Sport: Touchscreen infotainment screen | CarMax

Never fear getting lost on the trails without knowing your way back to civilization. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport features an available voice-activated touchscreen navigation system (optional on Big Bend and higher trims) with breadcrumb navigation. This GPS not only tells you where you are going but how to get back to your starting point by following virtual breadcrumbs on your route. Other advanced technologies include a front 180-degree camera with split-view and a washer (standard on Badlands), which shows what's approaching on the trails, making obstacles visible and easy to see.

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If you're interested in the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

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The Jeep Wrangler is a truck-based SUV with standard 4x4 and exciting off-road abilities, whether you love exploring trails, sand dunes, or rocky terrain. 2017–2021 models featuring iconic Jeep styling with two- and four-door body styles and soft- and hard-top roof options for an open-air experience. All 2017–2021 Wranglers come standard with a 285-hp 3.6L V6 and these features on the base Sport trim:

  • Skid plates and tow hooks

  • Fold-and-Tumble removable rear bench seat

  • Wash-out interior with removable carpet and drain plugs

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

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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

1.5L

Horsepower

181

Torque (ft-lbs)

190

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

16

Wheelbase

105.1"

Overall length

172.7"

Width

74.3"

Height

70.2"

Leg room

F 42.4"/R 36.9"

Head room

F 41.5"/R 41.7"

Front tires

P225/65HR17

Rear tires

P225/65HR17

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

2022 Ford Bronco Sport FAQ

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Color options

2022 Ford Bronco Sport: Color options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Alto Blue Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

  • Area 51

  • Bronze Smoke Metallic

  • Cactus Gray

  • Carbonized Gray Metallic

  • Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-coat

  • Hot Pepper Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

  • Iconic Silver Metallic

  • Oxford White

  • Shadow Black

  • Velocity Blue Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Ebony

  • Ebony and Active Orange

  • Ebony and Area 51

  • Ebony and Roast

  • Medium Dark Slate

  • Navy Pier

Interior details

The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport interior seats five passengers and ensures generous headroom in the first and second rows with 41.5 inches and 41.7 inches, respectively. Cloth upholstery comes standard on Base and Big Bend trims, while leather-trimmed seating is included in Outer Banks and higher models. In addition, the 2022 Bronco Sport features 32.5 cu-ft of cargo space behind the second row to transport gear, and a 60/40 split-fold rear seat comes standard to expand capacity to 65.2 cubes. A rubberized cargo floor (2022 Ford Bronco Sport Big Bend and higher) and rubberized rear seatback protectors (Outer Banks and Higher) are durable and easy to clean.

Child seat details

The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport can fit two car seats in the rear row with two full sets of LATCH lower anchors and three tether anchors. This includes LATCH car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. The Bronco Sport's tether anchors may be confused for other hardware, and the lower anchors are set deep into the cushions, making it slightly challenging to install child seats.

Performance

The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport SUV comes standard with 4x4 to embrace the road less traveled. All models except the Badlands trim use a 181-hp turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder, which achieves an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

 Stepping up to the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands adds a 250-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.
 2022 Ford Bronco Sport towing capacity is an estimated 2,000 lbs with the 1.5L and 2,200 lbs with the 2.0L, when properly equipped, for all your light-duty towing needs.

Year comparison

2021–2022 Ford Bronco Sport (First Generation)

The first-generation Bronco Sport debuted for its 2021 model year with four trims: Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, and Badlands. A turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder comes standard on all models, except Badlands, which uses a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. With a standard all-wheel drive system, robust suspension, and multiple skid plates, this compact SUV has serious off-road credentials. The 2022 model features minor changes to the standard and optional equipment.

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