What's the Difference: Ford Bronco vs Jeep Wrangler


Ford Bronco vs Jeep Wrangler

When you're in the mood to tackle off-road terrain, you can head to Mount Vernon's Walker Valley ORV or Tahuya ORV Park. Both take you off the beaten path but offer different experiences.

This is also true of vehicles designed for off-road adventures. They all share the same purpose: to get you wherever you want to go, no matter the terrain. Yet not all off-road SUVs are created equal.

Our guide compares two of the most popular off-roaders: the Ford Bronco vs the Jeep Wrangler. First, here's a quick snapshot of each SUV.

Ford Bronco vs Jeep Wrangler

Features Ford Bronco Jeep Wrangler
Fuel Economy 20 MPG City - 21 MPG Highway 17 MPG City - 20 MPG Highway
  • 4-Cyl, EcoBoost, Turbo, 2.3 Liter
  • V6, EcoBoost, Twin Turbo, 2.7 Liter
  • V6, EcoBoost, Twin Turbo, 3.0 Liter
  • V6, VVT, 3.6 Liter
Drivetrain 4WD 4WD
Cargo Space 82.97 cu ft 72.40 cu ft
Minimum Ground Clearance 8.3 inches 9.7 inches

Ford Bronco Summary

In 2021, the much-anticipated return of the Ford Bronco finally happened. Equipped with the latest and greatest tech advances, yet staying true to its roots, the new Ford Bronco is an off-road icon with a modern-day vibe.

The Ford Bronco is available in no less than 10 trims:
  • Ford Bronco Base
  • Ford Bronco Big Bend®
  • Ford Bronco Black Diamond®
  • Ford Bronco Outer Banks®
  • Ford Bronco Badlands®
  • Ford Bronco Heritage
  • Ford Bronco Wildtrak®
  • Ford Bronco Everglades™
  • Ford Bronco Heritage Limited
  • Ford Bronco Raptor®

The Ford Bronco's engine lineup offers plenty of muscle with three powerful engines:
  • 300-horsepower 2.3L EcoBoost® turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 330-horsepower 2.7L EcoBoost® twin-turbocharged V6 engine
  • 418-horsepower 3.0L EcoBoost® twin-turbo V6 engine

Each engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive (4x4). An optional seven-speed manual transmission is available with the four-cylinder EcoBoost®.

Jeep Wrangler

Tried and tested, the 2023 Jeep Wrangler is a true Trail Rated® trailblazer.

Trims include:
  • Jeep Wrangler Sport
  • Jeep Wrangler Willys Sport
  • Jeep Wrangler Sport S
  • Jeep Wrangler Freedom
  • Jeep Wrangler Willys
  • Jeep Wrangler Sport Altitude
  • Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
  • Jeep Wrangler Sahara
  • Jeep Wrangler Sport RHD
  • Jeep Wrangler Sahara Altitude
  • Jeep Wrangler High Altitude
  • Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392

The Jeep Wrangler is pretty impressive with four potent engine options. The standard engine is a 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine that's available with a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The other options include:
  • A 270-horsepower 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder
  • A 260-horsepower 3.0L turbodiesel V6
  • A 470-horsepower 6.4L V8 (available on Rubicon 392)

All Jeep Wranglers are 4x4 equipped.

A comparison of available body configurations for the Ford Bronco vs Jeep Wrangler is where the two vehicles have the most similarities. Both off-road vehicles have two-door and four-door models, removable doors, and soft top and hardtop choices.

What's the Difference: Ford Bronco vs Jeep Wrangler
Reliability and Quality

Here are what car review experts say about the two SUVs.

U.S. News & World Report

Ranks the 2023 Ford Explorer #8 out of 20 in Compact SUVs. As one reviewer says: "Simply put, the Bronco is one of the best off-roaders on the market. Its independent front- and solid-axle rear suspension flexes marvelously over rough terrain…"

Ranks the 2023 Jeep Wrangler #16 out of 20 in Compact SUVs. The comment that best explains this rating says: "With legitimate off-road ability, the Wrangler can venture farther off the beaten path than just about any other vehicle. However, if you simply want a rugged SUV for daily driving and the occasional off-road excursion, there are better alternatives, including the Ford Bronco."

J.D. Power

The J.D. Power predicted reliability score is the gold standard for quality and reliability. Data and ratings from thousands of independent VIN-verified customers are compiled to determine a vehicle's rating. A score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

At the time of this writing, a predicted reliability rating was not available for the 2023 Ford Bronco.

The 2023 Jeep Wrangler has a predicted reliability score of 86 out of 100.

Off-Road Capability

Ford Bronco

Solid and dependable, the Ford Bronco is an off-roading superstar ready to take on any challenge. Off-road capabilities include:
  • Ground clearance: 11.7 inches (Explorer Everglades™)
  • Approach angle: 43.2 degrees
  • Departure angle: 37.2 degrees
  • Breakover angle: 29 degrees

Additional highlights:

Off-road hero switches: Allow you to engage and disengage front-locking and rear-locking differentials from switches on the dash. Plus, you can automatically disconnect the sway bar, regardless of articulation.

Sasquatch Package:
  • 17-inch Beadlock capable black wheels
  • 35-inch mud terrain tires
  • Electronic locking front and rear axles
  • 4.7:1 final drive ratio
  • HOSS 2.0 System with Bilstein™ Position-Sensitive Dampers
  • High-clearance independent front suspension

Jeep Wrangler

A legend in its own right, the Jeep Wrangler is designed and engineered to conquer the great American outdoors, no matter the terrain.

Vehicle highlights include:

Xtreme Recon Package: The package adds terrain-gobbling 35-inch tires which leads to a best-in-class ground clearance of 12.9 inches, an approach angle of 47.4 degrees, a departure angle of 40.4 degrees, and a water fording depth of 33.6 inches.

Rock-Trac®: delivers a best-in-class 100:1 crawl ratio. Available on Rubicons with manual transmission.

Tru-Lok®: electronically engage and disengage the front and rear differentials.

Off-Road+ Button: Adjust throttle, transmission shift points, and traction control with the touch of a button to tackle any trail with ease. (standard on Rubicon models)

Safety and Driving Assistance

Ford Bronco

For better control on and off-road, Ford Broncos are equipped with G.O.A.T. Modes™ (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) G.O.A.T. Modes™ can take on almost any condition on roads, trails, or two-tracks. Modes include:
  • Sport
  • Eco
  • Normal
  • Slippery
  • Sand/snow
  • Mud/ruts
  • Rock crawl
  • Baja
  • Tow-haul
  • Off-raod

Every Ford Bronco comes equipped with a suite of advanced tech for safety both off-road and on-road. The standard Ford Co-Pilot360™ technologies include:
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Post-Collision Braking
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Hill Descent Control™
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Rear View Camera with backup driver-assist grid lines

Ford Safety Canopy™: Provides added protection during side impacts and rollover events. At the time of a collision, side-curtain airbags above the trim vehicle's trim panels release between side windows and any passengers sitting in the outboard seats.

Ford PERSONAL SAFETY SYSTEM™: Before activating safety protocols, the system analyzes crash severity and different occupant conditions. Improves overall protection for front seat occupants during frontal crashes. Helps reduce the risk of airbag-related injuries.

Jeep Wrangler

Brake assist and a rearview camera are the only safety and assist features that come as standard equipment.

Highlights of available afty and driving assistance features include:
  • Available Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
  • ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System: Uses sensors to alert you if you're too close to an obstacle while backing up.
  • Forward-Facing Off-Road Camera: Displays upcoming obstacles on the Uconnect® touchscreen.

Infotainment and Technology

As with any vehicle, infotainment and technology features vary by trim level.

All new Bronco models offer a series of multimedia features, including:
  • Next-generation hands-free SYNC® 4 infotainment system
  • Eight-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with swipe capability
  • FordPass® Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity
  • Bluetooth®* compatibility
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio
  • Ford+Alexa

Standard infotainment features for the Wrangler include:
  • Seven-inch touch screen
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • An eight-speaker stereo
  • Bluetooth®*
  • Two USB ports

Shop Ford Bronco Near Bellevue, WA

Are you an outdoor and off-road enthusiast in Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma, Sammamish, or Kirkland? Are you looking for a premier selection of off-road capable vehicles? And do you want to avoid the stress and hassle that often goes with buying a new SUV? Make AutoNation Ford Bellevue your one and only stop.

Our Ford experts are here to walk you through an in-person comparison of the Ford Bronco vs Jeep Wrangler. We want to help you make the right decision for your lifestyle.

The inventory at our Ford store is one of the best in the region. And, if you're trying to decide between a new 2023 model or going the used vehicle route, our dealership has an unbeatable selection of both.

Our used vehicle inventory features a superior selection of quality used cars, trucks, and SUVs. Plus, if you want a top-tier pre-owned vehicle, we've got a variety of Certified Pre-Owned vehicles to choose from.

When you purchase a pre-owned vehicle from AutoNation Ford Bellevue, you can drive with confidence because all our used vehicles must pass a detailed 125-point inspection. Plus, every used car is backed by a CARFAX® vehicle history report.

Our finance department is transparent and will discuss all your options in detail. We'll walk you through the pros and cons of purchasing or leasing a new Ford Bronco. You'll be treated to a low-stress, no-hassle experience, where you decide what finance package best fits your budget and needs.

Feel free to shop our online showroom, then give us a call with any questions. If you want to get behind the wheel of the iconic Ford Bronco before making a decision, stop by for a test drive. We're conveniently located at 411 116th Avenue NE.

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