Not to be confused with the Ranger-based 2021 Ford Bronco sport-utility due out midway into the 2021 calendar year is the compact 2021 Ford Bronco Sport. Now on sale at U.S. dealers, the all-new Bronco Sport shares its iconic name, four-wheel-drive off-road capability, and design cues with the larger, mid-size Bronco, but little else.
As with most small crossover utilities in this large and growing segment, the Bronco Sport forgoes the heavy truck frame for lightweight, unitized construction and a transversely mounted engine, packing a lot of passenger and cargo space into a small footprint. It borrows key under-the-skin bits from the Ford Escape SUV and European/Asian-market Ford Focus hatchback — upsized and bolstered for off-road duty. The model lineup consists of the base Bronco Sport, midlevel Big Bend, premium Outer Banks, and off-road-oriented Badlands. A limited run of 2,000 top-of-the-line First Edition models combining Outer Banks uplevel trim and Badlands off-road prowess is already sold out. Including the not-insignificant $1,495 destination charge, 2021 Bronco Sport prices range from $28,315 to $34,315. Ford has also developed a large selection of optional accessories such as tents, bike racks, cargo dividers, and rooftop carriers for Bronco Sport buyers to choose from. Major competitors include the Jeep Compass, Jeep Renegade, and Jeep Cherokee.