There are four trim levels to choose from: Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, and Badlands. The Badlands is powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, while the rest of the range is equipped with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. All models are equipped with an AWD system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Ford's Co-Pilot 360 is also standard across the range. It consists of front collision mitigation with automatic braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams. The eight-inch infotainment screen with a six-speaker sound system is standard across the entire range. It's both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
The Base trim gives you the bare necessities, including manual air conditioning, a liftgate with a flip-up window, 17-inch wheels, roof rails, and LED lights. Big Bend models add stain-resistant upholstery, electronic climate control, keyless entry and start, and heated side mirrors.
The Outer Banks is the luxury model in the range and is equipped with 18-inch alloys, leather upholstery, remote start, power-adjustable heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a 6.5-inch digital instrument cluster. The Badland caters to off-roaders and comes with underbody protection, additional driving modes, a model-specific suspension, tow hooks, and paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
The Base carries a sticker price of $28,565, while the Big Bend goes for $30,280. From there, it's a sizeable leap to the Outer Banks with an MSRP of $34,200. A Badlands will cost you $36,590. These prices exclude the $1,595 destination and delivery charge.
The Bronco Sport's main rival is the Subaru Forester, as it's also only available in AWD guise. Subaru's base model starts at just under $26,000, while the Premium model retails for around the same price as the new Bronco Sport in base guise. The adventure-ready Wilderness with all the toys is $33,520, representing a considerable saving over the Bronco Sport Badlands sans any options.
The Base has no optional packages you can add to it, but it can be upgraded with a few accessories like a cargo management system and a fender flare kit. The Big Bend can be ordered with the $1,285 Convenience Package, the $690 Class II Trailer Tow Package, and the $895 Ford Co-Pilot Assist Plus suite. The Convenience Package includes keyless entry with a push-button start, a keyless entry keypad, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, LED fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, a universal garage door opener, rear parking sensors, and zipper pockets on the driver and front passenger seatbacks. With the upgraded Co-Pilot360 suite, the Bronco Sport adds intelligent adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, and a voice-activated touchscreen navigation system.
The Outer Banks' Tech Package retails for $1,285 and adds a ten-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, HD Radio, wireless charging, and a universal garage door opener.
The Premium Package on the Badlands retails for a hefty $2,285. It includes power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a ten-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, HD Radio, remote start, rear parking sensors, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, and a universal garage door opener.
If you're looking for a bargain, the Big Bend is the way to go. It adds some excellent features and is only $1,715 more expensive than the Base. You also get access to more colors and more optional extras.
Got more money to spend? Your model choice will depend entirely on what you want to do with the car. If it's going to spend most of its time on the tarmac, the Outer Banks and its many luxurious features is the way to go. More adventurous types should get the Badlands. The suspension, tire, and software upgrades will get you further outdoors than any of the other models, and it comes with a decent amount of standard features.
In our humble opinion, the Big Bend with the Convenience Package and the more advanced Ford Co-Pilot 360 Assist + is the ideal single model. It offers the best balance between the Bronco Sport's many positive attributes.
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