2023 Ford Bronco

2023 Ford Bronco
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2023 Ford Bronco Review: Do-It-All Mud-Plugger

The Jeep Wrangler no longer has everything its own way in the off-road class, with Ford making the most of being able to copy the Wrangler's homework. In our original road-test review of the Ford Bronco against its competitors, we discovered that it's everything you'd expect an improved Wrangler to be, as it's easier to live with daily, more configurable, and endlessly customizable. These two have this corner of the market mostly to themselves, but the Toyota 4Runner SUV can be seen as a credible rival, and VW's rebooted Scout off-road brand might also shake up the market once it arrives. The Land Rover Defender is an altogether more upmarket, refined, and more expensive take on the hardcore off-roader. With rugged body-on-frame construction, a choice between a seven-speed manual or ten-speed automatic transmission, and strong powertrains with 300 to 330 hp on tap on Premium gas, one of the Bronco's main shortcomings is that it doesn't offer any efficient hybrid or diesel options. At least production is now finally catching up with demand, so waiting times are decreasing too.

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2023 Ford Bronco Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 Bronco?

There are no changes to the 2024 Bronco except for the introduction of two new Heritage editions in both two- and four-door guise. Based on the Big Bend trim level with the Sasquatch package fitted, the cheaper Heritage Edition harks back to the 1966 Broncos with its two-tone paint job with white-painted '60s-style wheels, grille, and roof; it's powered by the 275-hp 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with either a seven-speed manual or ten-speed automatic transmission. The 310-hp 2.7-liter V6 engine is optional and gets an automatic only. The other one is the Heritage Limited Edition with similar styling, but based on the more expensive Badlands trim, available only as an automatic V6, and with features such as plaid leather seats, a 12-inch touchscreen, and an upgraded audio system. Only 1,966 units of each will be built. The 2024 model goes on sale in the USA at a base price of $34,595.

Pros and Cons

  • All-conquering off-roader
  • Useful off-road tech
  • Decent ride and comfort
  • Extremely customizable and configurable
  • Carry-along frameless doors
  • Poor mpg figures
  • No hybrid or diesel options
  • Noisy on the highway
  • Haphazard assembly quality

What's the Price of the 2023 Ford Bronco?

The price of the 2023 Ford Bronco SUV's Base trim starts at $34,595. Next up is the Big Bend, which will cost you $38,585, and then the Black Diamond at $41,250. The Heritage edition is new, and this Ford Bronco's price is $45,555, while the Outer Banks costs $46,350, the Badlands $47,395, and the Wildtrak $58,025. The most expensive car in the Bronco range below the Raptor, which we review separately, is the Heritage Special Edition at $68,145. These are the Ford Bronco's MSRPs, and they exclude the $1,795 destination fee.

They are also the prices for each model in its basic two-door configuration with the 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and seven-speed manual transmission, except for the Wildtrak and Heritage Limited Edition, which are only available with the 2.7-liter V6 - an engine that comes with the ten-speed automatic only. Adding the automatic to any of the four-cylinder models costs $1,595. Adding the V6 as well costs another $1,895. Opting for the four-door body varies a lot by trim, as this may also add other features. For example, it adds $3,150 to the price of the Base, but only $540 to the price of a Wildtrak.

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2023 Ford Bronco Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base 2-Door
2.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
Base 4-Door
2.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
Big Bend 2-Door
2.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
Big Bend 4-Door
2.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
Black Diamond 2-Door
2.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Manual
Four-Wheel Drive
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2023 Bronco Exterior

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  • Length 173.7 in
  • Wheelbase 100.4 in
  • Height 71.9 in
  • Max Width 75.9 in
  • Front Width 65.0 in
  • Rear Width 65.0 in
  • Curb Weight 4,286.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Hot Pepper Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat +$495
  • Azure Gray Metallic Tri-Coat +$995
  • Velocity Blue Metallic
  • Eruption Green Metallic
  • Shadow Black
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Area 51
  • Cactus Gray
  • Race Red
  • Oxford White
  • Carbonized Gray Metallic
  • Robins Egg Blue, Limited availability

2023 Bronco Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.7L Turbo V6, 2.7L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    10-Speed Automatic, 7-Speed Manual
  • Drivetrain

2023 Ford Bronco Handling and Driving Impressions

Ford set out to build a better Wrangler, and this meant addressing some of the Wrangler's most glaring faults. To this end, the Bronco's independent front suspension instead of the Wrangler's live axle makes for far more precise handling and better steering feel, so the Bronco is not a chore to pilot every day. The body-on-frame structure, big tires, and off-road suspension still cause some bouncing and shuddering, but comfort is good enough for daily use. The fly in the ointment is the wind noise at speed, courtesy of the barn-like aerodynamics and frameless door glass. Handling is a lot better than the Wrangler's, though, and the sway bar can be disconnected for off-road going - where it is simply superb with its myriad off-road options and tech that makes going off the beaten track disarmingly easy. The roof and doors can be removed, and an added boon is that, with glass dropped, the frameless doors are compact enough to carry along in the four-door versions, so you don't need to leave them at home. Both power plants offer punchy performance with plenty of low-rev torque, but none of the hybrid and diesel options the Wrangler offers are available.

2023 Bronco Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 43.1 in
  • Front Head Room 41.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.8 in

2023 Bronco Trunk and Cargo Space

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2023 Bronco Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Ford Bronco A Good SUV?

Around town, the Bronco is a more enjoyable daily driver than the noisier, truck-like Wrangler, if you can live with the poor fuel economy. It matches the Wrangler off-road, while offering mind-boggling customization options and sheer configurability. It's noisy on the highway, but less so than its rival, with a more comfortable ride. It's always thirsty though because you can't opt for a diesel or hybrid to improve efficiency. Even so, the Bronco has learned lessons from the Wrangler, and it does everything its rival can do, plus a few things it can't, like carrying its frameless doors with it and retaining its side mirrors when the doors are removed. So if you're looking for a more liveable Wrangler to use every day, the Bronco has hit the bull's eye. But if you're going to compare it with more civilized and less hardcore SUVs, the Bronco's crudeness and off-road focus might be a bit much.

What 2023 Ford Bronco Model Should I Buy?

Which of the Ford Bronco trims you should buy depends very much on what you want to use it for. For the all-conquering go-anywhere off-road ability the Bronco was made for, the two-door Base car with the manual transmission needs nothing more than the Sasquatch package to tackle the toughest trails. With destination included, it gives you a serious piece of hardware for less than $45k. If you want to use it every day and need more space and comfort features, one of the higher trims with the automatic transmission might work better for you, such as the Outer Banks four-door with the Lux package added. This already takes you to nearly $54k, so we think it represents fine value. For the ultimate Bronco experience, the four-door Wildtrak V6 with standard Sasquatch package is the ticket, but it's expensive at over $60k, even before you add a few luxuries.

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