At first, Ford had to make a choice with its small crossover: Did it want something boxy like a traditional SUV, or curvier like a car? For its first decade, the Ford Escape took the former approach; in recent years, it switched to the latter. These days, though, the compact crossover segment is so hot that Ford doesn’t have to choose anymore. In addition to the car-like Escape, it introduced the new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, which puts a more rugged, outdoorsy body — inspired by the larger, mechanically unrelated Ford Bronco — on the same underlying mechanical pieces.
The differences are more than skin-deep, though. We tested both the Bronco Sport and the Escape so we can discuss how they compare across eight categories, to help you decide which small Ford suv is better for you — the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport or the 2021 Ford Escape. We’ll also declare our own overall winner.