When you want an off-road SUV, you often want a Jeep Wrangler. This beloved icon provides unbelievable capability and unmistakable style. But this year, it will face its closest rival in years: a reinvented Ford Bronco that goes toe-to-toe against this longtime best-seller.
But maybe you’re willing to trade some size and capability to get an SUV with a more affordable price, better gas mileage, and a more comfortable everyday experience. Fortunately, this decision doesn’t have to put you in a generic, characterless small crossover. The popular 2021 Jeep Renegade and the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport deliver classic styling cues and cheeky, sporty vibes — but with car-like suspensions hiding under their boxy bodies. It’s not just about aesthetics, either, as they bring superior capability to most small crossovers — though mechanically speaking, the Bronco Sport and Renegade share nothing with the Bronco or Wrangler. But which one is best? We’ve tested both models to compare them across eight categories and then name an overall winner.