The fuel efficiency figures are in.
There's been so much attention lately on the 2021 Ford Bronco that we also need to remember it has a little brother. The Ford Bronco Sport, also all-new for 2021, may not offer the same off-road capabilities as the regular Bronco SUV, but it's still extremely capable in its own right. Remember, the Bronco Sport shares a platform with the Escape crossover but comes with things like an advanced all-wheel-drive system and other accessories suitable for outdoor lifestyles. But how does it fare in the fuel efficiency department?
Although the official figures have yet to be published on the EPA's official website, a tipster informed Autoblog the Bronco Sport's window stickers can be viewed online on Ford's public-facing site. So let's dig in. The base Bronco Sport, powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque has earned a 25/28/26 mpg city/highway/combined rating.
Not amazing but certainly far from terrible. The optional 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, totaling 245 hp and 275 lb-ft, receives a 21/26/23 mpg city/highway/combined score. Again, these numbers may not sound amazing for either engine, especially given their small displacements, but the standard full-time all-wheel-drive system is the likely culprit.
Compared to some of its direct rivals, the 1.5-liter Bronco Sport's efficiency figures are very similar to the Jeep Renegade AWD (23/29 mpg). The 2.0-liter Bronco Sport is also competitive against the Cherokee 4WD 2.0's 21/29 mpg.
However, the Subaru Forester, famous for its standard AWD, beats the Ford and Jeeps with 26/33 mpg. With these figures in mind, it'll be interesting to see whether Bronco Sport sales will be affected. We doubt it because off-road and outdoorsy types are typically more than willing to sacrifice some efficiency for the capability to go just about anywhere. The Bronco Sport could also appeal to some who think the latest Escape looks a little too "wagon-like."
The 2021 Bronco Sport will arrive in dealerships any day now and is priced from $26,660.