Wrangler vs Bronco: The Off-Road Showdown

Wrangler vs. Bronco: The Off-Road Showdown

Jeep recently announced the release of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe, a brand-new plug-in electric Wrangler. Around the same time, Ford announced the return of the Ford Bronco – an upgraded version of its classic predecessor that’s been off the market for almost 25 years. It’s safe to say that SUV fanatics & off-road enthusiasts are excited for these new releases.

Both Jeep and Ford have die-hard fans that already know which SUV they’ll drive next. But for some, the thrilling news of two grand releases it comes with a dilemma: Wrangler or Bronco?

The Jeep Wrangler has been an icon in the off-road world for decades. Does the Bronco have what it takes to compete? Will some proud Wrangler owners give up the Jeep Wave to get behind the wheel of a Bronco?

A QUICK Overview

Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler was last fully-redesigned for the 2018 model year and builds off of a formula that’s been refined over the past few decades.


  • Successor of the World War II Jeep or CJ (Civilian Jeep) produced from the mid-1940s through the 1980s
  • The 1945 Willys Jeep was the world’s first mass-produced civilian four-wheel drive car
  • The CJ was described as “probably the most successful utility vehicle ever made.”
  • The Jeep Wrangler officially debuted in 1986
  • Until 1995, the Jeep Wrangler was offered as a two door convertible as wells as a two door truck
  • The Jeep Wrangler ‘Unlimited’ 4-door model was released mid-2000s
2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited_ Wrangler vs. Bronco


  • The fourth-generation Wrangler was released for the 2018 model year with new features and a more modern interior.
  • Jeep revealed a new plug-in electric Wrangler (4xe) coming for 2021.


The Ford Bronco is all-new for 2021 and is a purpose-built off-roader with removable doors and roof equipped with loads of tech.


  • Debuted in 1965
  • The first SUV marketed by Ford
  • Immensely popular when it launched
  • As demand for two-door SUVs waned in the 1990s, Ford discontinued Bronco in 1996 and replaced it with the four-door Expedition
  • In its absence, older models have become popular among enthusiasts and collectors
2021 Ford Bronco: Wrangler vs. Bronco


  • Growing anticipation surrounded the Bronco launch and the new model was met with enthusiasm.
  • With open-air options and true off-road capability, the new Bronco emerged as a direct Wrangler competitor.

Wrangler vs. Bronco: The OFF-ROAD showdown


  • Offers many powerful engine options including 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque (standard) & 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque (available)
  • No diesel engine or electrified powertrain option available.
  • The Jeep Wrangler’s EcoDiesel produces more torque (442 lb-ft)
  • eTorque technology provides low-end torque and efficiency benefits where it matters most – on the trail
  • Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain provides numerous benefits.


  • Offers removable top and doors
  • Soft top and modular hardtop options are available
  • Eliminated a center overhead crossbar
  • Fold-down windshield not available on any Bronco models.
  • Estimated availability date is mid-2021
  • Wrangler wrote the book on open-air driving, and the copy is never as good as the original.
  • Offers removal top and doors.
  • Soft top and modular hardtop options are available.
  • Can open the roof by simply pressing a button with available Sky One-Touch Power Top.
  • Fold-down windshield standard on all Wrangler models… it’s a Jeep thing!
  • Available immediately right here.


  • Part-time and a full-time/on-demand 4WD systems
  • Sasquatch models offers an impressive crawl ratio (94.75:1)
  • The Sasquatch models with added option 35-inch tires offers best-in-class ground clearance, departure angle and breakover angle.
  • G.O.A.T. Terrain Management System with up to seven operating modes.
  • The manual gearbox isn't available with the V6 nor with the 35-inch tires of the Sasquatch package. Pairing them lockes you into a maximum crawl ratio of 67.8:1.
  • Two part-time 4WD systems (Command-Trac & Rock-Trac) plus two full-time/on-demand systems (Selec-Trac & Rock-Trac)
  • Rubicon models offer a 84.2:1 crawl ratio with the manual gearbox and 77.2:1 with the automatic transmission.
  • ALL Wrangler models provide Trail Rated capability.​
  • Available Trac-Lok limited-slip differential (N/A on Bronco)
  • Wrangler provides superior off-road measurements compared to most Bronco models (except on Sasquatch with optional 35-inch tires).


  • Offers a rear solid axle
  • Does not offer a solid front axle
  • Offers solid front and rear axles.
  • Purpose-built, off-road capable frame.

Style & Design


The Ford Bronco looks great, in all fairness. It has an aggressive and capable look that will appeal to a lot of buyers.

  • Ford plans to have more than 200 factory accessories available for the launch.
  • No aftermarket upgrades available.
  • Rubberized, washable flooring only available on two trims.

It’s hard to deny the timeless appeal of a Jeep® Wrangler – the seven-slot grille, wide stance, round headlamps are iconic.

  • Arguably the most modified vehicle in the world.
  • Unlimited supply of mods, inside and outside of Mopar’s catalog (over 300+ parts and accessories).
  • There's no need to wait to build the off-road vehicle of your dreams.
  • Water resistant Push-to-start Button and interior tech.
  • Removable carpets and one-way floor drain valves make for a convenient washable interior
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