Despite the vast difference in price, the Ford Bronco and the Land Rover Defender have a great deal in common. First, of course, is their bloodlines. The Ford Bronco was instrumental in starting the sport-utility craze back in the 1960s, and it continued to build a reputation for ruggedness in various forms before it was discontinued at the turn of the millennium. The Land Rover Defender’s heritage dates back even farther; it is the spiritual successor to the original Land Rover, the go-anywhere vehicle that has created a sterling reputation over the course of 70 years.
Virtually from the moment Ford canceled the Bronco at the conclusion of the 1996 model year, its fans have clamored for its return. But Ford executives never felt the climate was right for a new Bronco until recently when the ongoing rise of the Jeep brand could no longer be ignored. The Defender has also appeared in fits and starts over the years, but Land Rover is again committed to offering the model in the U.S. So here is the comparison between the Ford Bronco and the Land Rover Defender.