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This is the all-new Ford Bronco. It's a full-size SUV that packs in loads of tech, fun, and off-road capability. The model we're looking at today is the two-door Bandlands with the Sasquatch off-road package That means it comes with 35-inch mud-terrain tires, front and rear locking differentials, and a dis-connecting sway bar from the factory. Price as you see it here, with a number of extras: is $56,150 including destination.

Power comes from an optional 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. This cranks out up to 330 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through an advanced four-wheel drive system. A manual transmission is available, but ours came with the ten-speed automatic transmission.

Up front, the Bronco has independent suspension, in the back a solid axle. This makes it easier to drive around town, while still providing plenty of capability for when the road ends. And, when you need a little more travel, you can dis-connect the front sway bar with a touch of a button. Even in the middle of the trail.

To make off-roading more accessible, Ford has integrated a number of options into what they call GOAT modes. These are pre-sets that configure the Bronco for pretty much any driving situation: from economical driving around town to pure-off-road adventure. It makes tackling any obstacle a matter of dial and drive. Beyond that, it also provides one-pedal driving, to automatically apply the brake when the throttle is released, which can be invaluable when rock crawling, as well as a Trail Control to automatically scale any surface.

Even though the Bronco is built for off-road it also comes with a wide assortment of thoroughly modern electronics including an available 12-inch touch-screen display loaded with Sync 4. This gives you touch-access to XM Satellite, configuration options, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Go wireless with the available charging pad.

But tech isn't just for entertainment. The Bronco has a wide assortment of advanced safety technologies. These include collision mitigation, blind-sp\ot warning, surround view camera with rear cross traffic alerts and a lot more. You can even use the adaptive cruise control system to cut down on fatigue on the daily commute.

In everyday driving, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 produces a lot of power. This is one fun-to-drive rig. Due to the high-engine-output and large tires, economy does take a small hit: with the EPA rating it at 17 miles to the gallon in the city and around town.

If you're looking for a go-anywhere, do anything kind of SUV, the all-new Ford Bronco is an excellent option. It's amazing to look at, and even better to drive… with, or without roads.

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AutoNation Drive Editors
| Aug 16th, 2021

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