There are no changes to Ford’s Bronco Sport for the 2022 model year, which means this rather unhappy-looking SUV continues to offer a choice of engines allied to specific trim levels. All-wheel drive is standard across the range, with off-road technologies like trail control and a self-cleaning front camera on the rugged Badlands model.
Choosing Your Ford Bronco Sport
The Bronco Sport is available with two engine choices, and the range starts at $28,760 including destination for the aptly-named Base model. The Big Bend trim costs $1,600 more, but there’s less than a thousand dollars differentiating the $34,570 Outer Banks and $35,430 Badlands models, with the latter gaining a larger engine and more robust mechanicals while sacrificing some of the former’s luxury features.
The Bronco Sport shares some similarities to the Escape crossover. Apart from different styling and the fact that the Bronco Sport is only available with all-wheel drive, another key difference is the fact that the Escape is also available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The larger Ford Bronco is a very different SUV more suited to off-road pursuits and is available in either a two-door or four-door configuration.
Most Bronco models are powered by a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine, generating 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, returning an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 28 highway, and 26 combined.
Badlands Broncos are unique in receiving a larger two-liter engine outputting 250 HP and 277 lb-ft of torque, while economy drops to 21/26/23 MPG.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)|
|1.5-liter EcoBoost||181 hp||190 lb-ft||25/28/26 MPG|
|2.0-liter EcoBoost||250 hp||277 lb-ft||21/26/23 MPG|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater Bronco Sport stands at 35.6 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 65.2 cu ft once they’re dropped.
Ford has gone big on the acronyms with the Bronco Sport. Every model has a High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (H.O.S.S.), with up to seven driver-selected G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Terrain) modes.
The standard Ford CoPilot360 suite of driver-assist technologies includes pre-collision assistance with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot and cross-traffic alerts, lane-keeping, and auto high beam headlamps.
Roll stability control is another across-the-range fitment and seven airbags feature in the cabin, but a keyless-entry keypad only makes its debut on Outer Banks models. Badlands is unique in receiving off-road suspension and metal bash plates, plus a 180-degree front camera with split-view and self-cleaning.
Given its low price, you wouldn’t buy a Bronco Sport expecting high-end infotainment systems, and features like navigation or a head-up display are off the menu entirely. Every model comes with a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system with Ford’s SYNC3 connectivity system fitted as standard, running through an eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay plus 4G WiFi hotspot capacity. Unusually, there are no upgrades as you move through the range.
As the automotive equivalent of a pair of cargo pants, features on every Bronco Sport include two adjustable floodlights in the liftgate and a bottle opener in the hatch, with flip-up rear glass and a safari-style roof. Base buyers receive single-zone climate, USB A and C sockets plus 12V charging ports, while convenience features include remote keyless entry, power windows, and auto high beam headlamps.
There are no packs available on any Bronco Sport.
Riding on stylish 17-inch aluminum wheels, Big Bend improvements over Base include automatic temperature control, push-button start, and satellite radio. The attentive observer may also notice rear privacy glass, durable seat fabrics, and a MOLLE storage system for securing loose items.
The price increase over Big Bend is significant, but so are the specification upgrades on Outer Banks models. The cabin receives leather, with powered and heated front bucket seats preceding second-row seats sporting rubberized backs for extra practicality.
There’s a larger 6.5-inch LCD instrument panel, ambient cabin lighting, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and heated, while external adornments include rain-sensing wipers with de-icer functionality, LED signature lighting, and foglamps.
As the only Bronco Sport powered by a larger two-liter EcoBoost engine with automatic start/stop technology, the rugged Badlands model includes metal bash plates, off-road suspension, a 180-degree front camera with split-view and washer functionality.
It also has seven G.O.A.T. modes compared to the five found on other models, front tow hooks and trail control for off-roading, plus a full-size spare tire. However, it loses the dual-zone climate and remote start functionality of Outer Banks models, as well as sacrificing that model’s leather seats and front passenger power adjustment.
For serious off-roaders, Badlands is the model to choose, but fans of modern specifications (or buyers in colder states) will appreciate the greater comfort provided by Outer Banks models compared to the two cheaper and more primitive Bronco Sport trims.