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2023 Ford Bronco Sport Review: Beckoned by nature (and your commute)

2023 Ford Bronco Sport Review: Beckoned by nature (and your commute)

Pros: Very capable off-road, excellent cargo space, great variety of trims and packages

Cons: Expensive, tight backseat space, not as refined on-road as competition

The 2023 Ford Bronco Sport is one of the best small crossovers money can buy if off-road capability and rugged styling are the priorities. It’s compromised in some areas such as family hauling, on-road refinement and price, but what the Bronco Sport does well, it does better than others. You’ll need to spend the big bucks on the Badlands model to reap the full benefits of Ford’s off-road-tuned suspension, torque vectoring rear differential and underbody protection, but if you do, it allows for wheeling where few (if any) other small, unibody crossovers will be able to go.

Of course, if true off-roading is your passion, the Bronco 2-Door or 4-Door will be much more suited to your needs as one of the most off-road capable vehicles for sale today. The Bronco Sport, on the other hand, is going to comport itself much more like an Escape or Jeep Compass on the road. That means that it’s relatively comfortable to drive, offers respectable fuel economy and is easy to live with on a daily basis. Its powertrain options are nothing particularly special, but they’re plenty potent for the segment and sufficiently get the job done. All the tech you get onboard is largely dependent on which trim you get and how many option boxes are checked — prices range from the $30,000-$46,000 range, so both spartan and surprisingly well-equipped Bronco Sports can be had. The interior is perfectly suited for someone who likes to live a life that frequently takes them on outdoor adventures, as it’s fitted with unique features like Molle straps on the seats, rubberized flooring and space aplenty in the cargo area. If the price is suitable to your budget, we highly recommend the Bronco Sport as an ideal way to get into the midcompact SUV segment.

Interior & technology   |   Passenger & cargo space   |   Performance & fuel economy

What it’s like to drive   |   Pricing & features   |   Crash ratings & safety features

What’s new for 2023?

There aren’t any major changes to the Bronco Sport this year, but Ford has added some special packages to the ordering form. The most notable is the addition of the Bronco Sport Heritage Edition (pictured above). It’s a copycat of the Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door Heritage Edition models, and it offers some rather eye-catching pastel shades…

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