North Georgia Ford Compares 2022 Ford Bronco VS 2022 Jeep Wrangler Near Calhoun, GA

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2022 Ford Bronco

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2022 Jeep Wrangler

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Bronco have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Wrangler doesn’t offer pretensioners for its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Bronco 4-Door are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Bronco has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Wrangler doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head and are only available for the front seats.

The Bronco has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Wrangler offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Bronco has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Bronco (except Base)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Bronco (except Base/Big Bend/Black Diamond/Everglades) offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Wrangler only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Bronco (except Base)’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Bronco and the Wrangler have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, four-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Bronco 4-Door is safer than the Wrangler 4-door:

Bronco

Wrangler

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

52

101

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

2 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

MARGINAL

GOOD

Tibia forces R/L

1.2/.8 kN

2.1/1 kN

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 25 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Bronco’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Bronco have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 6.4 V8 in the Wrangler.

The Bronco has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Bronco has a 240-amp alternator. The Wrangler’s standard 180-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Bronco has a standard 800-amp battery. The Wrangler’s standard 650-amp battery and largest (optional) 700 amp battery aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford above average in long-term dependability. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles in the first three years of ownership, Jeep is rated below average.

Engine Comparison

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The Bronco has more powerful engines than the Wrangler:

Horsepower

Torque

Bronco 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder

300 HP

325 lbs.-ft.

Bronco 2.7 turbo V6

330 HP

415 lbs.-ft.

Bronco Raptor 3.0 turbo V6

418 HP

440 lbs.-ft.

Wrangler 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

270 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Wrangler 3.6 DOHC V6

285 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Wrangler 4Xe 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid

375 HP

470 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Bronco turbo V6 is faster than the Wrangler 4Xe 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid (automatics tested):

Bronco

Wrangler

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Bronco 10-speed Auto with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Wrangler 4Xe running its gasoline engine (20 city/21 hwy vs. 20 city/20 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Bronco 4-Door gets better mileage than the Wrangler 4-door running its gasoline engine:

MPG

Bronco 4-Door

AWD

Manual

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/21 hwy

Auto

3.0 turbo V6

15 city/16 hwy

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/21 hwy

2.7 turbo V6

19 city/20 hwy

Black Diamond 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/18 hwy

Sasquatch 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/17 hwy

Badlands 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

17 city/17 hwy

Badlands/Sasquatch 2.7 turbo V6

17 city/17 hwy

Wrangler 4-door

AWD

Manual

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/23 hwy

AWD

Auto

6.4 OHV V8

13 city/17 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

20 city/20 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Bronco uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Wrangler Rubicon 392 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Bronco has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Bronco Raptor’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Wrangler:

Bronco Raptor

Wrangler

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.9 inches

The Bronco’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Wrangler 4x4 Sport are solid, not vented.

The Bronco stops much shorter than the Wrangler:

Bronco

Wrangler

70 to 0 MPH

189 feet

198 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Bronco has larger standard tires than the Wrangler (255/70R16 vs. 245/75R17). The Bronco Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Wrangler (37 x 12.5R17 vs. 315/70R17).

The Ford Bronco’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Jeep Wrangler only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Ford Bronco’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Wrangler’s solid front axle, which allows the Bronco’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

The Bronco offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Wrangler’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Bronco has rack and pinion steering, like Formula racecars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Wrangler.

The Bronco’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Wrangler doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Bronco 2-Door’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Wrangler 2-door (100.4 inches vs. 96.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Bronco is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 3.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Wrangler.

The Bronco Outer Banks 4-Door handles at .75 G’s, while the Wrangler Sahara 4-door pulls only .64 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Bronco Badlands 2-Door handles at .67 G’s, while the Wrangler Rubicon 2-door pulls only .63 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Bronco Outer Banks 4-Door executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Wrangler Rubicon 4-door (28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 29.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

The Bronco Badlands 2-Door executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Wrangler Rubicon 2-door (29.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s vs. 31.3 seconds @ .48 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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For excellent aerodynamics, the Bronco has standard flush composite headlights. The Wrangler has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Bronco uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Wrangler doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Bronco 4-Door has 4.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Wrangler (108.2 vs. 103.7).

The Bronco 4-Door has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Wrangler 4-door.

The Bronco Convertible Sport Utility has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room and 1.3 inches more front shoulder room than the Wrangler 2-door.

The front step up height for the Bronco 4-Door is 1.8 inches lower than the Wrangler 4-door (23.2” vs. 25”). The Bronco 4-Door’s rear step up height is 2.8 inches lower than the Wrangler 4-door’s (23” vs. 25.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Bronco 4-Door has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Wrangler 4-door with its rear seat up (38.3 vs. 31.7 cubic feet). The Bronco 4-Door has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Wrangler 4-door with its rear seat folded (77.6 vs. 72.4 cubic feet).

The Bronco 2-Door has a much larger cargo area with its top down than the Wrangler 2-door with its top down (22.4 vs. 12.9 cubic feet). The Bronco 2-Door has a much larger trunk with its top up than the Wrangler 2-door with its top up (52.3 vs. 31.7 cubic feet).

The Bronco 4-Door’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The Bronco’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Wrangler 2-door’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Bronco’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Wrangler has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Bronco’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The Bronco’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

On a hot day the Bronco’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Wrangler can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Bronco’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Bronco’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Wrangler doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost SiriusXM Guardian can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Bronco has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Wrangler has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The Bronco has standard power remote mirrors. The Wrangler Sport doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Bronco’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep only offers heated mirrors on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ford Bronco Outer Banks/Badlands/Wildtrak/Raptor offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Wrangler doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations Comparison

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its December 2021 issue and the Ford Bronco Outer Banks 4-Door won out over the Jeep Wrangler Sport 4-door.

The Bronco was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2022. The Wrangler has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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