New last year, the Ford Bronco Sport is a compact crossover that shares a lot with the Escape but pitches itself as a more rugged, off-road-ready choice in the segment. In that sense, it’s in a segment of one, as most compact utilities are aimed at drivers who will mostly ply paved roads. As the Bronco Sport name suggests, this car is a companion model to the mid-size Bronco covered in its own buyer’s guide entry.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, Ford has renamed the Bronco Sport’s option packages. Last year’s packages were confusingly named after the trim levels on which they were offered.
Ford offers the Bronco Sport in Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, and Badlands trim levels. The first three are powered by a 1.5L turbo three-cylinder engine, while Badlands upgrades to a 2.0L four-cylinder. Both engines come standard with an eight-speed transmission and AWD.
Base trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a manual tailgate with flip-up glass, LED headlights/taillights, rain-sensing wipers with de-icer, flood lights, 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, manual A/C, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, three USB ports, six-speaker audio, and five drive modes.
The standard Co-Pilot 360 safety suite comprises forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams.
Big Bend adds heated side mirrors, privacy glass, automatic A/C, a rubber cargo floor, two extra cupholders for eight total, lighted vanity mirrors, satellite radio, easy-clean cloth upholstery, heated front seats, and a power driver’s seat.
Outer Banks and Badlands trims both build on Big Bend.
Outer Banks adds dual-zone A/C, passive keyless entry, a 6.5-inch digital gauge display, ambient lighting, a 110-volt power outlet, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, a power front passenger seat, and rear parking sensors.
Finally, Badlands gets upgraded floor mats, rubber flooring, seven drive modes, off-road suspension, upgraded four-wheel drive, and trail control.
Co-Pilot 360 Assist+ is available in Big Bend, Outer Banks, and Badlands trim, adding adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, and navigation.
Big Bend offers a convenience package of passive keyless entry, fog lights, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, wireless phone charging, a garage door remote, and rear parking sensors.
Outer Banks can be had with a tech package comprising a 10-speaker stereo, wireless phone charging, and a garage door remote.
Finally, Badlands offers a premium package of leather upholstery, power front seats, a 10-speaker stereo, dual-zone A/C, remote engine start, rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, wireless charging, and a garage door remote.
Ford’s fuel consumption estimates for the Bronco Sport are 9.3/8.4 L/100 km (city/highway) for the 1.5L engine, and 11.1/9.0 L/100 km with the 2.0L four-cylinder.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed