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2021 Ford Bronco 2 Door vs. 2021 Jeep Wrangler

How does Ford’s new off-road-ready Bronco stack up against Jeep's iconic Wrangler

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2021 Ford Bronco 2 Door

Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $40,499 CAD

Pros

  • Best-in-class ground clearance, suspension travel, and crawl ratio
  • Excellent towing capacity
  • Generous rear cargo space

Cons

  • Only turbo engines
  •  Soft top only available on 4 Door model
  •  Manual transmission not available with V6 

 

2021 Ford Bronco 2 Door - Highlights

After years of anticipation, the Ford Bronco returns as a mid-size SUV in 4-passenger 2 Door and 5-passenger 4 Door body styles with the power, rugged off-road gear, and styling to challenge its chief rival—Jeep’s iconic Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. 

Focusing on the 2 Door model, the 2021 Bronco Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices in Canadian dollars starts at $40,499 for the Base trim with a 2.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 7-speed manual transmission. a 10-speed automatic transmission is optional. A 310-horsepower turbocharged 2.7-litre 6-cylinder with the automatic is optional. Rated at 3,500 lbs (1,587 kgs), the Ford’s towing capacity easily beats the Jeep’s 2,000 lbs (907.2 kgs) rating.

One of the most extraordinary things about the Bronco 2 Door is the variety with its six trim levels. If you’re looking for an analog off-road experience without too much fancy tech and maybe a manual transmission, you could get one of the lower-end trims like the Base model or $46,499 Black Diamond. On the other hand, if you like the idea of cameras everywhere, more drive modes, and more advanced off-roading technology—like hydraulic sway bar disconnect—then you can go up to the $52,994 Badlands or top-line $56,494 Wildtrak trims.

The interior of the Bronco 2 Door is simple, with easy-to-reach physical buttons and controls. You can get an 8- or 12-inch navigation touchscreen. The floor is rubberized. With 668.2 litres behind its rear seats, the Ford's cargo area is almost twice that of the Jeep's and has a slide-out tailgate and a side-opening door.

What the 4-wheel-drive Bronco 2 Door lacks in on-road refinement, it more than makes up for in off-road capability. This SUV is an incredible off-roader, with best-in-class ground clearance, suspension travel, and crawl ratio. From the desert sand to snowy trails to technical rock climbing, the Bronco can pretty much do it all. Turn the dial to choose one of the G.O.A.T. (Go Over Any Terrain) modes, and the Bronco will optimize things like throttle mapping, shift points, steering, and much more to give you the best experience on-road and off.

 

2021 Jeep Wrangler 

Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $ 37,665 CAD

Pros

  • Standard convertible top
  •  Fuel-efficient turbo-4
  • Front cabin room

 

Cons

  • Tight rear cargo space
  •  Limited towing capacity 

 

2021 Jeep Wrangler – Highlights

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler is now three years into its latest generation, known as the JL. It continues to be offered as a 2-door/4-passenger mid-size SUV or the more popular and roomier 4-door/5-passenger Unlimited version. Today’s Jeep Wrangler is a satisfying mix of classic design and real-deal off-road chops with modern safety systems, amenities, and technology. There are six Wrangler trim levels for 2021. Prices start at $37,665 for the base 2-door Wrangler in Sport trim and top out with the $52,225 80th Anniversary Edition .

All Wranglers are 4-wheel-drive, come with a soft-top that can be removed (along with the doors) for open-air adventures, and offers a choice of three engines. Standard is a 3.6-litre 6-cylinder that makes 285 horsepower or a mild-hybrid version of the V6, dubbed eTorque, that makes the same horsepower. Or buyers can opt for a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder generating 270 horsepower, which scores a 10.3 litres per 100 kilometres city and highway combined estimates; the best in the Wrangler lineup and better than the most fuel-efficient Bronco. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, an 8-speed automatic optional. Note that the EcoDiesel, new 4xe plug-in hybrid and Rubicon 392 V8 powertrains are exclusive to the Wrangler Unlimited.

Like its exterior, the Wrangler’s interior design is marked by its simple, upright nature. The dash is wall-like with a center screen that ranges in size from 5 to 8.4 inches. Controls are simple and minimalistic. Base Wranglers still have manual door locks and crank windows. Models with power windows have the switches not on the doors (which are removable) but in the front console. 

Like the Bronco 2 Door, the Wrangler remains, first and foremost, an off-road vehicle. Yes, this latest Wrangler is the most refined yet, but don’t expect plushness. Its body-on-frame chassis and solid axles prioritize off-road ability versus on-road comfort. On highways and at speed, the Wrangler can be squirrelly. Off-road, though, the Jeep will easily tread over terrain that would make a unibody SUV cringe. Amp it up in Rubicon trim—with features like front and rear locking differentials and sway-bar disconnect—and it can tackle terrain as severe as, well, the Rubicon Trail.

 

Final Recommendation

The 2021 Ford Bronco 2 Door and 2021 Jeep Wrangler are unique, off-road-ready vehicles in a sea of urbanized SUVs.

The Wrangler continues to offer the same qualities that have made it one of the most popular SUVs in Canada. Its standard soft-top, fuel-efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and generous front cabin space are hallmarks of the 2-door version of the iconic Jeep off-roader.

However, using the Wrangler as its primary target, the new Bronco 2 Door is objectively the better choice. The Ford would be our pick with its best-in-class ground clearance, suspension travel, and crawl ratio, excellent towing capacity, and generous rear cargo space.

 

Specs

2021 Ford Bronco 2 Door

2021 Jeep Wrangler

Engine(s)

2.3-litre Turbocharged I4

2.7-litre Turbocharged V6


 

3.6-litre V6

2.0-litre Turbocharged I4

3.6-litre V6 + eTorque


 

Horsepower

2.3T - 270 hp

2.7T - 310 hp

3.6 - 285 hp @ 6,400 rpm

2.0T – 270 hp @ 5,250 rpm

3.6 + eTorque – 285 hp @ 6,400 rpm

Torque

2.3T - 310 lb-ft

2.7T - 400 lb-ft of torque

3.6 - 260 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

2.0T – 295 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

3.6 + eTorque – 260 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

Transmission(s)

2.3T – 7-speed manual/10-speed automatic

2.7T - 10-speed automatic

3.6 - 6-speed manual

2.0T/3.6 + eTorque – 8-speed automatic

 

Fuel Economy

2.3T 7M – 11.3 L/100 km (11.6 city, 10.9 hwy)

2.3T 10A – 11.2 L/100 km (11.7 city, 10.7 hwy)

2.7T 10A – 12.2 L/100 km (12.8 city, 11.6 hwy)

3.6 – 11.8 L/100 km (13.7 city, 9.6 hwy)

2.0T  – 10.3 L/100 km (10.7 city, 9.8 hwy)

3.6 + eTorque – 11.0 L/100 km (12.0 city, 9.8 hwy)

Warranty

3 years/60,000 km

3 years/60,000 km

Max Seating Capacity

4

4

Wheelbase

2,550.2 mm

2,458.7 mm

Overall Length

4,412 mm

4,237 mm

Width

1,927.9 mm

1,875 mm

Height

1,826.3 mm

1,868 mm

Curb Weight

1,959.1-2,326.5 kg

N/A

Headroom, Front

1,041mm

1,092.2 mm

Headroom, Rear

1,011mm

1,066.8 mm

Legroom, Front

1,095 mm

1,046.5 mm

Legroom, Rear

907 mm

906.8 mm

Shoulder Room, Front

1,450 mm

1,422.4 mm

Shoulder Room, Rear

1,316 mm

1,473.2 mm

Cargo Volume Behind Rear Seats

668.2 L

365.3 L

Maximum Towing Capacity

3,500 lbs (1,587 kgs)

 

2,000 lbs (907.2 kgs)­­

 

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