It was just a few short years ago when Ford enthusiasts and off-roading aficionados jumped up and clapped their hands at the news that the Bronco was making a long-overdue return. For many years, the Bronco was considered the ultimate off-roading machine, not to mention one of the most accessible SUVs, until Ford discontinued it after unveiling the Explorer in 1991. With so much having changed across the scope of the entire industry since then, some might have been skeptical if the resurrection of the Bronco would see it topple the competition and once again sit on top of the mountain as the undisputed ruler.
Needless to say, all the doubts have been effectively silenced, and with so much to offer to those who favor adventure, it’s almost as if the Bronco never left us to begin with. In fact, not only has the revamped Ford Bronco reclaimed the legacy that it possessed many years ago, but it’s been carving out a new one on the trails and dirt paths that its predecessors once traveled. It’s that new reputation for adventure that we’ll be paying special attention to today as we take a look at the 2024 Ford Bronco. Whether your adventures take place off the beaten path or on the city streets, Ford has once again crafted a vehicle that defies convention and expectation.
If you're looking at the 2024 Ford Bronco as your next potential purchase, chances are you have a hunger for adventure that’s never quite satisfied. We understand you. The most experienced off-roaders will attest that a muscular powertrain isn't a necessity for off-roading, but it certainly helps. Let’s not waste another moment—it’s time to pop the hood and take a look at what Ford brings to the table regarding the performance of the 2024 Bronco.
There are three distinct powertrains available, all of which have unique attributes that will serve you well. The first of these consists of a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine. Don’t let its diminutive stature fool you; this is one workhorse that packs a considerable amount of punch. For starters, 300 hp is much more than you might have expected. Of course, there’s always room for more in 2024. If you want to improve the capability of the Bronco, a twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6 with 330 hp is available. Finally, there is the powerful 3.0L V6 in the Bronco Raptor, which produces an incredible 418 hp. All of these engines pair with Ford’s ten-speed automatic transmission, which has been thoroughly proven in the F-150. No matter which engine you choose, you’re getting some of the very best of what Ford has to offer.
Remember when we said it takes more than a beefy powertrain to facilitate a remarkable off-road adventure? Well, here’s something to help further prove our point. The 2024 Ford Bronco has a feature that's geared toward adventures in the dirt or just about any other terrain you could possibly think of. Known as GOAT (Go Over Any Terrain) modes, you’ll have the freedom to adjust the Bronco's performance with a simple switch that will allow it to adapt to whatever harsh conditions you might encounter.
These modes start with Normal and Eco, which are both geared towards driving through the city and saving fuel for when and where it’s needed most. Sport mode is geared towards performance and is perfect for those who wish to test the speed and acceleration of the Bronco. Five additional GOAT modes––Slippery, Sand/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Baja, and Rock Crawl––prove that the Bronco can instantaneously adapt to whatever destination your adventure might include. Finally, Tow/Haul mode helps the 2024 Bronco provide a towing capacity of up to 4,500 lbs, which lets you bring a boat or camper along on your next adventure.
Sure, the 2024 Ford Bronco is built for roughhousing and other activities that take place outdoors, but that doesn't mean that your time behind the wheel has to be any less enjoyable. After all, just because your tires might get muddy doesn't mean your clothes have to. Ford has gone all out to deck the Bronco out with an interior design that’s a throwback to the vehicle’s golden era and gives the right touches for the modern age.
When it comes to the modern Bronco, Ford has made a notable change for the 2024 model year. The infotainment screen not only comes with the latest edition of the brand's SYNC 4 technology that features over-the-air updates, but a 12-inch touchscreen is now standard on all trim levels. The screen is embedded into the dashboard, which still possesses that classic Bronco look. Never before has the joining of the past and present looked so good. Of course, there are a number of other attributes to be happy about as well. You’ll have compatibility with both Apple and Android products, and users can choose to upgrade to in-dash navigation if they desire.
Unlike the Jeep Wrangler, whose instruments and accessories are bunched up together with virtually no room left for the driver, the Bronco’s features are spaced out and allow you room to stretch your legs if need be. And speaking of room, the 2024 Bronco still offers all of the practicality that many shoppers are looking for in an SUV. With up to 83.0 cu.ft. of cargo space in the four-door models, the Bronco has no problem tackling yard sales and grocery store runs with plenty of room to spare.
If there’s one thing you can always count on with Ford, it’s the brand’s commitment to safety. While the 2024 Bronco is as off-road ready as they come, the Blue Oval definitely understands the necessity of being safe, both on and off the road. This is where our examination of the 2024 Ford Bronco will conclude. It’s been a fun ride, and now let’s look at what’s most important about any vehicle.
The Bronco and F-150 don’t just share a transmission with one another; they also share common ground as far as what driver-assist equipment can be had on your vehicle. Customization is the key to the Ford brand, and there are several packages available to deck out your Bronco with the features that you want for a safe journey. Some of the features that are standard across all trim levels include Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Auto High-Beam Headlights. These driver-assist tools are essential in preserving reaction time. As we all know, utilizing the right maneuvers in this short length of time is what determines if an accident occurs or is avoided.
Depending on how far you want to enhance the driver-assist and safety features of your 2024 Bronco, there are quite a few options to choose from. Some of the most advanced features are a 360-degree camera with off-road views, which is excellent for off-roading as it provides additional oversight, and Trail 1-Pedal Drive, which lets you apply the brakes just by lifting off the gas pedal. This feature of the Trail Toolbox is ideal for technical driving and rock crawling.
Other features that can be of great help on the road include Rear Cross Traffic Alert and front and rear parking sensors, both essential for use in parking lots and garages where visibility is not always the best. A Lane-Keeping System and Blind Spot Information System ensure that your vehicle stays where it needs to be on the road. An array of camera technologies are also available, both for additional oversight and to record your adventures for posterity.