Tested: 2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks Is an Everyday Bronco

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Tested: 2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks Is an Everyday Bronco

On our September 2021 magazine cover, a Ford Bronco sans doors and roof took flight at Michigan’s Silver Lake Sand Dunes. That Rapid Red Bronco was equipped with the Sasquatch off-road package that adds 35-inch tires and makes it look like it eats Jeep Wranglers for breakfast. Ford says that the Sasquatch accounts for more than half of current orders, but the majority of Broncos that’ll arrive once Ford can catch up with production will be the tamer models, stampeding through city streets rather than crawling over boulders and launching off dunes.

These will be the everyday Broncos, like the four-door hardtop Outer Banks model tested here. However, that didn’t stop us from having our share of fun at an off-road park in northern Michigan, where we learned that even a Bronco without all the off-road hardware is still very capable when the pavement ends. It’s powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four that makes 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. This base engine can be paired with a seven-speed manual gearbox, but our Cyber Orange example came equipped with the 10-speed automatic, which is sure to be the more popular choice. The four-banger is only slightly slower than the more powerful twin-turbo V-6 we previously tested, requiring 6.5 seconds to reach 60 mph. It’s more than adequate for the daily trips Broncos like this will make commuting—and to travel off road now and then.

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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