In 1966 the term SUV wasn’t in anyone’s vocabulary, so when the Ford Bronco was released it was labeled as an MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle), and more than a half century later the Ford’s long-awaited reborn Bronco feels like it lives up to its original title. We got our hands on the 2021 Bronco Wildtrak in Cactus Gray, and while the Wildtrak trim is built with high-speed off-roading in mind, it is also comfortable and practical.
Our test vehicle is equipped with the 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V-6 rated at 330 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, which is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive and what Ford calls G.O.A.T Mode (Goes Over Any Terrain). Front and rear locking differentials come standard with the Wildtrak package. All of that comes at an entry cost of $49,475. As tested, our vehicle was $57,780 with its optional equipment.
Not surprisingly the new Bronco’s interior is rugged with a modern twist. The beautifully nestled 12-inch display comes standard with the Wildtrak and works flawlessly with a 360-degree camera and Ford’s Sync 4. The instrument panel cluster is an eight-inch LCD screen that is easy on the eyes. The Wildtrak also comes standard with heated seats, heated steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control.
Cruising around on 35-inch mud terrain tires with beadlock wheels and wide fender flares really gives this four-door Bronco a presence on the street and the trails. The tires work exceptionally well, along with all seven drive modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Sand, Baja, and Mud/Ruts. Ford successfully gave the Bronco extreme off-road capabilities while making no sacrifices to on-road poise and everyday practicality. With a tow capacity of 3,500 pounds, the Bronco Wildtrak can pull triple duty as an ATV hauler, but most UTVs will be outside its tow range.
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