As with the exterior, the interior of the 2021 Ford Bronco takes on a rugged yet modern appearance and looks like it will stand up to even the most hardcore overlanding trips. The chunky dashboard neatly houses all significant controls, and the overall look seamlessly blends in with the overarching theme of beefy dimensions and brawny looks. Ford offers the Bronco with off-road friendly features such as rubberized floors, marine-grade vinyl seats and even includes integrated drainage ducts for when that river crossing is deeper than you expected. The new Bronco also tips its hat to the original with its retro LCD instrument panel, but there's nothing old school about the optional 12-inch infotainment display. Sure, it's no Range Rover, but we think Ford nailed the look and feel of the Bronco's interior; it perfectly matches the look and attitude of the rest of the car.
As a very customizable SUV, the Ford Bronco ranges from quite impractical to very handy depending on its door count. While we love the styling of the two-door model, it offers a tiny back seat with just 35.7 inches of legroom. Total interior volume is only 99 cubic feet in the two-door, with seating for just four people. Stepping up to the four-door model adds a middle seat in the back, but surprisingly only 36.3 inches of legroom and seating for five people despite the nearly 16 inches extra between the wheelbase. Both Ford Bronco models offer an acceptable 43.1 inches of legroom up front. Like a Wrangler, the Bronco feels compromised compared to a unibody crossover, but that's the price you pay for iconic styling and supreme off-road performance.
|Ford Bronco Trims||Base 2-Door||Base 4-Door||Big Bend 2-Door||Big Bend 4-Door||Black Diamond 2-Door||Black Diamond 4-Door||Outer Banks 2-Door||Outer Banks 4-Door||Badlands 2-Door||Badlands 4-Door||Wildtrak 2-Door||Wildtrak 4-Door||Everglades|
|Headroom Front Seat||41 in.||43.3 in.||41 in.||43.3 in.||41 in.||43.3 in.||41 in.||43.3 in.||41 in.||43.3 in.||41 in.||40.8 in.||43.3 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||39.8 in.||41.1 in.||39.8 in.||41.1 in.||39.8 in.||41.1 in.||39.8 in.||41.1 in.||39.8 in.||41.1 in.||39.8 in.||40.1 in.||41.1 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||35.7 in.||36.3 in.||35.7 in.||36.3 in.||35.7 in.||36.3 in.||35.7 in.||36.3 in.||35.7 in.||36.3 in.||35.7 in.||36.3 in.||36.3 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||57.1 in.||57.1 in.||57.1 in.||57.1 in.||57.1 in.||57.1 in.||57.1 in.||57.1 in.||57.1 in.||57.1 in.||57.1 in.||57.1 in.||55.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||51.8 in.||56.5 in.||51.8 in.||56.5 in.||51.8 in.||56.5 in.||51.8 in.||56.5 in.||51.8 in.||56.5 in.||51.8 in.||56.5 in.||56.5 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||56.3 in.||55.9 in.||56.3 in.||55.9 in.||56.3 in.||55.9 in.||56.3 in.||55.9 in.||56.3 in.||55.9 in.||56.3 in.||55.9 in.||55.9 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||43.3 in.||54.8 in.||43.3 in.||54.8 in.||43.3 in.||54.8 in.||43.3 in.||54.8 in.||43.3 in.||54.8 in.||43.3 in.||54.8 in.||54.8 in.|
Much like a pickup truck, the Bronco starts spartan inside, then gets progressively nicer as you move up the trim ladder. The base Bronco ships with cloth seats and carpeted floors, while the Big Bend adds a leather steering wheel and gear knob with optional heated seats. The Black Diamond adds Marine-grade vinyl-trimmed seats with rubberized washout flooring, perfect for buyers who plan to track mud into their vehicle. Badlands models can have the vinyl seats too, or optional leather. The Outer Banks and Wildtrak trims start to add more luxury to the mix, with cloth heated front bucket seats or optional leather. Finally, the First Edition includes unique blue leather in the cabin. Each Bronco trim level comes bundled with an interior color theme, some of which can clash with certain exterior paint options.
The two-door and four-door models vary greatly with regards to usable cargo space. The two-door Bronco provides only 22.4 cubic feet of space behind the backseat, growing to 52.3 cubic feet with the 60/40 split-folding back seats folded down. Naturally, the four-door will offer more space - that's where the bulk of those 16 inches of extra wheelbase went: you get 35.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which is enough space to store the four pieces of either the roof or doors. Drop the 50/50 split-fold seats, and you get 77.6 cubic feet of space, but with the soft-top instead of a hardtop, both of these figures increase to 383 and 83 cubic feet, respectively. It's also worth noting the four-door's rear seats fold flatter than they do in the two-door.
Small items can be stashed in the two front cupholders, front-row top panel storage bag, center console storage bin, glove box, or generous door and seatback pockets. There's also space for a phone and a set of keys in front of the shifter. Ford will even offer various off-road storage accessories to equip in the cargo area.
The Bronco ranges from basic to premium across its broad range of trims. The base model comes standard with features like remote keyless access with push-button start, an eight-inch color LCD instrument panel, the awesome G.O.A.T. terrain management system with five modes, four smart charging USB ports, single-zone manual air conditioning, a manual tilt and telescoping steering column, seating with six-way manual adjustability up front, and driver aids such as post-collision braking, trailer sway control, auto high-beam headlamps, and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking. Going for the Outer Banks trim will score you a remote starting system, lane-keep assist, cross-traffic assist, ambient footwell lighting, a high-level instrument panel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and heated front seats. The Badlands trim features hardcore off-roading gear such as advanced 4x4 with automatic on-demand engagement, electronic-locking front and rear axles, and front stabilizer bar disconnect. The top of the range First Edition adds premium features such as wireless phone charging and power-adjustable leather seats (four-door only). Upper trims also get more drive modes, and an overhead console with all the switchgear you'll need when you remove the doors.
Base Bronco models ship with an eight-inch Sync4 touchscreen packing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus an eight-inch color LCD screen in the instrument cluster, so even the least expensive versions have nice technology. Adding the Mid Package equipment group bundles built-in navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more. The Lux Package brings the screen size to 12 inches and bumps the phone connectivity to wireless. This is the same screen used in the F-150, with the same intuitive user interface. Also included in the Lux Package is a 10-speaker B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen, which easily overpowers the wind noise and is a massive upgrade on the standard six-speaker setup. Though the eight-inch screen is large enough for most buyers, we loved the added size of the upgraded screen.