SUV enthusiasts are often a friendly crowd, happy to help spot each other on insidious sections of dirty or rocky trails. However, the rivalry between the brands and fans of the hottest stars of the subculture – Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler – is intensifying.

    If Ford restarted the Bronco with the body on the frame Just last year Jeep resisted, launching a party of the first of its kind Wrangler. The latter includes connected 4xe hybrid and V-8 Rubicon 392 with a capacity of 470 liters. In 2022, Jeep is making the Wrangler’s most extreme off-road package more affordable. Ford meets the new Bronco Everglades finish for scuba diving and, above all, The long-awaited Bronco Raptor with a capacity of 400 hp.

    Andy HedrickCar and driver

    After all, each relevant composition looks different than if we first compared the characteristics of the Bronco and Wrangler, we are ready to take another look at how these two off-road icons are composed, in particular their finish level and price. However, before we compare the costs, we turn to the elephant in the room: outrageous dealer margins and limited stocks that make it difficult to find a new Bronco or Wrangler for price stickers (or at all) in the current situation. However, for the purposes of this exercise, we base everything on MSRP.

    The basics of the Ford Bronco

    The two-door base model ‘22 Bronco currently starts at $ 32,395 and reaches $ 70,095 for the four-door Raptor. Between them are six other trim levels: Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Badlands, Wildtrak and Everglades. Transmission options are different, but the standard installation is a 2.3-liter in-line four with a turbocharged capacity of 300 liters. 2.7-liter 2.7-liter 2.7-liter twin-turbo with 330 liters. the same goes for the 3.0-liter V-6 with the Raptor twin-turbo. All Bronco have standard four- or all-wheel drive, and most are available with two or four doors that can be removed along with the roof panels. The Bronco also has an independent front suspension, as opposed to the archaic, albeit rugged front axle in the Jeep.

    Jeep Wrangler Elementary

    The ’22 Wrangler opens for $ 31,590 for the two-door Sport model; Rubicon 392 with a capacity of 470 hp. is only four-door (unlimited in Jeep) and costs $ 78,690. The line is less cut and dried for various reasons – revolving special editions, packages sold as finishes, etc. – but the Wrangler can be overtaken by eight buckets similar to the Bronco line. Among the bookcases are the Sport S, Willys Sport, Willys, Sahara, Rubicon and Sahara High Altitude. The Wrangler also has a wider selection of powertrains. The base unit is a 3.6-liter V-6 with 285 hp. with or without a 48-volt hybrid system and a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic transmission; other engines only get automatic. These include the 2.0-liter 2.0-liter in-line four and the 3.0-liter V-6 with 442 pound-feet of torque. 6.4-liter V-8 with 470 hp is an exclusive Rubicon 392. The 4xe hybrid plug-in has a 2.0-liter turbo four and two electric motors with a total output of 375 horsepower.

    Bronco and Wrangler entry points

    Given the price ranges, transmission options and trim, we may come across some of the most similar Bronco and Wrangler models, starting with the base Bronco and the entry-level Wrangler Sport. Both come with two or four doors, but in any configuration the Bronco starts at about $ 1,000 higher than the Wrangler. However, this is irrelevant for people who want to have a two-door Wrangler Sport with air conditioning, which adds $ 1,395. The addition of A / C also replaces the standard 5.0-inch touch screen with a 7.0-inch unit; Unlimited Sport includes both upgrades out of the box and saves a discount of approximately $ 1,100. An 8.0-inch touch screen and air conditioning are included in each Bronco. However, Wrangler Sport offers budget-oriented shoppers a great variety. For example, a jeep has upholstery made of black or burnt cloth; Ford only offers black fabric. Only Sport is available with leather seats. In addition, it has an additional rear differential with a lock for $ 595, which is also offered on the base Bronco, but only with the Sasquatch package from $ 5,000 to $ 6,600.


    2022 ford bronco base with two doors behind


    Face-Off-Road Packages

    When the new Bronco debuted last year, Ford cleverly made the Sasquatch off-road package available on all models – and as standard on the Wildtrak. The kit is distinguished by a 1.2-inch lift, 35-inch all-terrain tires mounted on 17-inch wheels with locking function, electronic locking of front and rear differentials and Bilstein shock absorbers. Later, the company even more pleased Bronco enthusiasts offered on models with manual transmission. Probably less pleased were the Wrangler fans who could only get the equivalent Xtreme Recon package on the automatically equipped Unlimited Rubicon and Rubicon 392. By 2022, Jeep is handing over its best off-road equipment to the cheaper Willys (Unlimited only), but it is still not compatible with management. However, the Xtreme Recon package adds a 1.5-inch lift, 17-inch drives that feature dense 35-inch tires, tuned shock absorbers and 4.56: 1 final gears. While the Sasquatch package is more affordable, it can cost around $ 6,600 against the Xtreme Recon kit for $ 3,995, depending on the Bronco finish. However, the ’22 Wrangler Unlimted Willys Xtreme Recon starts at $ 45,240. The two-door base Bronco Sasquatch costs from $ 39,780; the four-door version starts at $ 42,085.

    2021 jeep wrangler rubicon xtreme recon rock crawling


    Ford bronco first edition 2021

    Mark UrbanaCar and driver

    Broncos and Wranglers for most people

    Between the basic and best models Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler there is a wide choice of complete sets which will approach different persons. In addition, both enjoy huge aftermarket support, as well as countless factory accessories that allow virtually unlimited customization. With at least eight specific levels of finish each, learning them all would give a tedious reading experience. Instead, we compare only a few similar thematic models from the heart of the lineup.

    External banks against the Sahara

    Bronco Outer Banks and Wrangler Unlimited Sahara present a more refined look at their namesakes. Outer Banks has body-colored wings, door handles and mirrors. It also has upscale interior elements such as ambient lighting, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and remote start (automatic only). The Sahara combines polished wheels and other shiny exterior finishes with body-colored wings. Unlike Outer Banks, it is also available with a solid roof in body color. Also, unlike Outer Banks, dual-zone climate control, heated seats and remote start – all cost extra. Even in order to move to a better equipped Sahara Altitude, you have to pay extra for this content.

    • Two-Door Outer Banks: $ 42,400
    • Outer Banks Four Doors: $ 44,495
    • Unlimited Sahara: $ 42,945
    • Unlimited Sahara height: $ 46,540

      Badlands vs. Rubicon

      The Bronco Badlands and Wrangler Rubicon are top-of-the-line SUVs in their respective lines. Badlands is not standard with the Sasquatch package, and the Xtreme Recon package is also optional for Rubicon, but even without these updates they are quite capable where the blacktop ends. Badlands comes with a specially tuned suspension, 33-inch SUV tires and a hydraulic front stabilizer switch. Its appearance is also marked by a heavy-duty bumper at the front and a steel bumper at the rear. The Bronco Wildtrak ($ ​​51,325) and the Everglades ($ 54,545) are above the Badlands when it comes to track readiness, but this is reflected in their higher prices. Meanwhile, the Rubicon is an icon of the Wrangler. Each version is equipped with 33-inch all-terrain tires, electronic front and rear differential locking, decoupling front stabilization, stones, unique front and rear bumpers, and body-colored fenders.

      • Two-door Badlands: $ 46,090
      • The Four Doors of the Badlands: $ 48,185
      • Two-door Rubicon: $ 42,995
      • Unlimited Rubicon: $ 46,495

        Brand Ambassadors: Raptor vs. Rubicon 392

        Sure, there’s a Bronco or Wrangler for (almost) everyone, but in the end fans of the Ford and Jeep brands need a Halo model to show off and drool. In one corner of the ring is the first in the history of the Bronco Raptor with a twin-turbo V-6 capacity of 400 liters. hilarious huge wings. In the other corner is the recently unveiled Wrangler Rubicon 392 with a bluntly powerful 6.4-liter V-8 with 470 hp that emits sounds that scare children and will accelerated to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. It also has a lifting suspension, rides on a 33-inch all-terrain tire (35s with the Xtreme Recon package) and has similar off-road equipment like the Bronco Raptor, such as electronic locking front and rear differentials, and disabling the front stabilizer. Ford’s wildest SUV costs about $ 70,000, but with options can eclipse $ 80,000. The Jeep V-8 Apex Predator opens for almost $ 79,000 and can exceed $ 90,000 with options.

        Ford bronco raptor 2022

        Michael SimariCar and driver

        Jeep wrangler rubicon 392 2021

        Michael SimariCar and driver

        A lone electric ranger

        Compared to the Jeep Wrangler, the Ford Bronco is a new heat. He now captures the hearts and minds of Americans behind a smooth marketing campaign and his inherent nostalgic qualities. It’s not all smoke and mirrors as well we have included it in our list of the top 10 for 2022. Yes. Bronco flies high –literally, we jumped one.

        However, the Wrangler line has something that the Bronco does not have: an electrified version. So far we found that the connected 4xe hybrid is imperfect, it remains one of a kind. Nothing else on or off the road has lever axles, all-wheel drive with low range tuning, 470 pound-feet of torque, 22 miles of estimated power reserve on electric power only and 49 MPGe with EPA rating. Of course, all these features and technologies are accompanied by weight loss and additional complexity. It also comes with a starting price ranging from $ 55,390 for Unlimited Sahara to $ 59,090 for Unlimited Rubicon. It’s not a small fee, but if nothing else, Jeep has a head start at Ford when it comes to electric options for SUVs.

        Michael SimariCar and driver

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