New Historic Additions. Ford doesn’t try to hide the 2023 Bronco’s rich history. Instead, the American automaker leans into it. While some may have believed that Ford had more than enough Bronco trims and configurations to choose from, the automaker has added a new Bronco Heritage Edition that is a throwback to the SUV from the ‘60s.

The new Bronco Heritage Edition is offered in both two- and four-door variants. It features a two-tone paint job with Oxford White on the hardtop roof, grille, and 17-inch wheels. A body stripe across the side of the SUV’s body finishes off the classic look. Confusingly, Ford is offering the Bronco Heritage Edition along with the Heritage Limited. The latter is available in Robin’s-Egg Blue, which is a new take on the classic Bronco’s Arcadian Blue paint job, and Yellowstone that’s meant to be inspired by Prairie Yellow from 1971.

The Heritage Limited gets a few touches that you won’t find on the Heritage Edition. Limited versions can be equipped with High-Gloss Black painted wheels, metal Bronco-script fender badges, special badges on the console, and leather-trimmed plaid seats. Both Heritage models come with special square fender flares to accommodate the Bronco’s two-inch wider track and the Sasquatch package with the special High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) as standard.

The new Heritage models bring the Bronco’s lineup to 10 different models. Eight of the 10 models are available in two- and four-door configurations, plus, you have to consider available engines, what four-wheel-drive system you want, if you want a manual or an automatic transmission, and too many options to write. There’s a lot to go through. So much so that choosing a Bronco can be a difficult task.

Supremely Capable Off-Road. You’ll probably see more Broncos at your local Starbucks than on an off-road trail, which is a shame because the Bronco is at home on tough trails. Even base trims are meant to get dirty, though shoppers can move up to higher trims to get even more capable SUVs or specialized models that are meant to tackle a specific type of terrain.

The base Bronco comes with 4WD, Ford’s HOSS 1.0 system, hill descent control, hill start assist, and 30-inch all-season tires. The Black Diamond thing is where things get really serious. The trim adds heavy-duty front and rear bumpers, skid plates, rock rails, vinyl upholstery, rubber flooring, and a seven-mode terrain management system. The available rubber flooring in the Bronco includes six passive drain plugs that allow owners to hose off the cabin and conveniently drain the dirty water.

Drivers looking to go off-roading regularly should consider the Sasquatch package a must-have. It raises the bar with 17-inch beadlock capable wheels, a 4.7 final drive ratio, front and rear locking differentials, high-clearance suspension, high-clearance fender flares, and 35-inch mud-terrain tires. At roughly $7,000, the package isn’t cheap, but it turns any Bronco into a serious off-roader that can tackle even the most grueling trails. With the package being offered throughout the entire lineup, buyers can get a somewhat affordable Bronco with immense off-roading capability.

For high-speed off-roading, only the Raptor will do. It’s the most powerful Bronco available with a unique turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 418 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. It comes with adaptive Fox shock absorbers, 37-inch tires, a reinforced frame, upgraded axles and brakes, extra cabin bracing, an active exhaust system, and a more aggressive design. The Raptor is meant to jump over sand dunes and hit high speeds over loose terrain, but can also rock crawl if asked to. It gives the V8-powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 a run for its money.

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More Comfortable Than A Wrangler. Unlike its main rival, the Wrangler, the Bronco has one thing the Jeep doesn’t – an independent front suspension. This may seem insignificant, but the difference means that the Bronco is far more comfortable and stable on the road. Unlike the Wrangler, the Bronco doesn’t require constant steering wheel corrections to stay in a straight line on the highway. Additionally, a bump won’t require the driver to scramble to keep the SUV out of a ditch. The Bronco is an SUV that’s easy to live with, day in and day out.

Just like its cross-town competitor, the Bronco comes with removable doors and either a soft-top roof or a removable hardtop roof. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a warm day or want to be closer to nature when off-roading, the Bronco’s removable body panels allow for easy removal.

The Bronco has some unique touches over the Wrangler, like exterior mirrors that are mounted to the base of the windshield, making them usable when the doors are removed. Drivers that choose a four-door model will find space in the back to store the Bronco’s doors when they’re not attached to the body. On top of these touches, the Bronco also comes with an innovative rack on the dashboard where drivers and passengers can mount GoPros and smartphones to capture their off-roading journeys.

Purpose-Built Interior. While most people will fall in love with the Bronco at first sight, the interior takes a lot of time to get used to. The Bronco’s interior is built to be easy to use and easy to clean. So, you’ll find hard plastics and durable rubber throughout the cabin. That’s not a bad thing if you’re always going off-roading, but if you want something that’s slightly nicer and better equipped, you’ll want to look elsewhere.

The Bronco does come with a competitive list of tech features, which is surprising given the SUV’s off-roading nature. We’re especially surprised to see wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus, the Bronco’s standard eight-inch touchscreen comes with Ford’s slick SYNC 4 infotainment system that’s easy to use and has over-the-air-software-update capability. Higher trim levels come with a larger 12-inch touchscreen and a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, which are worthy upgrades for drivers that want some high-tech features with their off-roaders.

Final Thoughts. The 2023 Ford Bronco is one of the best off-roaders on the market. Not only can the Bronco go anywhere while putting a smile on your face, but it also looks great, is comfortable for daily use, and is one of the few SUVs on the market that can act as a convertible. It doesn’t coddle passengers, though, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on what you’re looking for. And finding a model can be as hard as finding a spot to eat after midnight.

The Jeep Wrangler is the Bronco’s most obvious competitor. It offers similar off-roading capability, comes with removable doors and roof, is available in a wide range of configurations, and has a variety of engines. The Wrangler is available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain and a V8, both of which are missing from the Bronco’s lineup.

If you have some room in your budget, the Land Rover Defender is another rugged option that’s similar in size to the Bronco. It has an upscale design, incredible off-roading capability, and is available in configurations that range from two doors with six seats to four doors and eight seats. It’s far more high-tech than the Bronco and more luxurious but is still a durable, rugged off-roader.

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