The Right Spec: Ford Bronco

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
the right spec ford bronco

This one’s sure to set the comments section ablaze. We’re going to tell you the right way to spec a new Bronco – and you’re probably not going to like it.

First, let’s start with the smallest engine available *ducks to avoid busted u-joints and fake beadlock wheels hurled in our general direction*

Why the smallest engine? Because that’s what is found in the new Everglades trim, which your author feels is the unexpected star of the entire Bronco lineup. A four-pot in a Bronco does seem sacrilege until one remembers this mill has an output of 300 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque when fed a steady diet of premium oats. These numbers far outstrip the V8s which found their way into Bronco SUVs of old, even if the octopots definitely sound a helluva lot better than this four-cylinder.

Making up for a lack of exhaust excitement is a tremendous ‘whoosh’ of induction noise, partly courtesy of that snorkel residing on the Everglades’ passenger-side A-pillar. Ford smartly chose to build a blade-style unit, permitting its blocking plate to invisibly and seamlessly integrate into the snorkel (remember, it isn’t a great idea to drive at highway speeds headlong into a rain- or snowstorm with one of these things hoovering moisture into the engine compartment). This stands in stark contrast to the Toyota Tacoma’s snorkel desert air intake whose head must be rotated 180 degrees in certain conditions and looks ridiculous doing so.

Other highlights on the $53,895 Everglades include a locking rear diff, standard Samsquantch package (meaty 35-inch tires, et al), marine-grade seats, and a hose-em-out floor. There’s a winch hanging out up front, too. Even if owners never take their Everglades into deep water as we did during testing in a rural Canadian bog this summer, all these features work a treat on the trails of Moan or the dunes of Glamis.

Ditch the expensive optional tube doors since they run counter to the point of running in deep water, and ditto the soft top for similar reasons. The $600 slide-out tailgate is a neat party trick and handy when rustling up vittles for the crew, as is the $310 tailgate table – though we’ve heard conflicting reports about both items being available on the same rig thanks to packaging problems. Given a choice, go for the slider. The rig is shown here in Area 51 but exceptions will be made for Eruption Green.

So, too, will exceptions be made for any of the B&B arguing in favor of a Heritage Edition. Starting a notable 10 grand less than the Everglades, it can be had with the four-banger and a stick, not to mention in an appropriately retro two-door configuration. It does give up several off-road toys compared to the ‘Glades but the dandy Samsquantch package remains part of the deal. Just make sure to get it in Race Red with white trim.

[Images: Ford]

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  • Teddyc73 Teddyc73 on Nov 04, 2022

    Was this written by someone with a grasp of the English language? I could barely get through the first three paragraphs before I gave up.

    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Nov 06, 2022

      @Teddyc73, for discussion purposes, let's say your comment is spot-on. Do we really want to restrict discussion of automotive topics to only the most fluent English language writers? You're going to eliminate a lot of people who know a lot of truth about a lot of cars, including Henry Ford back in his day. (General comment - you read the site, and you have a good mind, how about contributing something positive or worthwhile occasionally instead of just sniping. Try 4:1 ratio of contributions to criticisms to start. "All criticism all the time" sounds like my Dad growing up, and no one needs that.)

  • Nrd515 Nrd515 on Nov 11, 2022

    $53,895??? Wow, that price made me laugh, and question Ford management's sanity.

    Like the Jeep Gladiator, this thing is way overpriced.

  • Jwee More range and faster charging cannot be good news for the heavily indebted and distracted Musk.Tesla China is discounting their cars. Apart from the Model 3, no one is much buying Tesla's here in Europe. Other groups have already passed Tesla in Europe, where it was once dominant.Among manufacturers, 2021 EV sales:VW Group 25%, Stellantis at 14.5%,Tesla at 13.9%Hyundai-Kia at 11.2% Renault Group at 10.3%. Just 2 years ago, Tesla had a commanding 31.1% share of the European EV marketOuch., changed their data, so this is slightly different than last time I posted this, but same idea.
  • Varezhka Given how long the Mitsubishi USA has been in red, that's a hard one. I mean, this company has been losing money in all regions *except* SE Asia and Oceania ever since they lost the commercial division to Daimler.I think the only reason we still have the brand is A) Mitsubishi conglomerate's pride won't allow it B) US still a source of large volume for the company, even if they lose money on each one and C) it cost too much money to pull out and no one wants to take responsibility. If I was the head of Mitsubishi's North American operation and retreat was not an option, I think my best bet would be to reduce overhead by replacing all the cars with rebadged Nissans built in Tennessee and Mexico.As much as I'd like to see the return of Triton, Pajero Sport (Montero Sport to you and me), and Delica I'm sure that's more nostalgia and grass is greener thing than anything else.
  • Varezhka If there's one (small) downside to the dealer not being allowed to sell above MSRP, it's that now we get a lot of people signing up for the car with zero intention of keeping the car they bought. We end up with a lot of "lightly used" examples on sale for a huge mark-up, including those self-purchased by the dealerships themselves. I'm sure this is what we'll end up seeing with GR Corolla in Japan as well.This is also why the Land Cruiser has a 4 year waitlist in Japan (36K USD starting MSRP -> buy and immediately flip for 10, 20K more -> profit) I'm not sure if there's a good solution for this apart from setting the MSRP higher to match what the market allows, though this lottery system is probably as close as we can get.
  • Jeff S @Lou_BC--Unrelated to this article but of interest I found this on You Tube which explains why certain vehicles are not available in the US because of how the CAFE measures fuel standards. I remember you commenting on this a few years ago on another article on TTAC. The 2023 Chevrolet Montana is an adorable small truck that's never coming to the USA. It's not because of the 1.2L engine, or that Americans aren't interested in small trucks, it's that fuel economy legislation effectively prevents small trucks from happening. What about the Maverick? It's not as small as you think. CAFE, or Corporate Average Fuel Economy is the real reason trucks in America are all at least a specific dimension. Here's how it works and why it means no tiny trucks for us.
  • Gabe A new retro-styled Montero as their halo vehicle to compete against the Bronco, Wrangler and 4Runner. Boxy, round headlights like the 1st generation, two door and four door models, body on frame.A compact, urban truck, Mighty Max, to compete against the Maverick. Retro-styled like the early 90s Mighty Max.A new Outlander Sport as more of a wagon/crossover to compete against the Crosstrek and Kona. Needs to have more power (190+ HP) and a legit transmission, no CVT.A new Eclipse hybrid to compete against the upcoming redesigned Prius. Just match the Prius's specs and make it look great.Drop the Eclipse Cross, I am not sure why they wanted to resurrect the Pontiac Aztec. Keep the Mirage and keep it cheap, make the styling better and up the wheel size. The Outlander seems fine.I like the idea of some sort of commercial vehicle, something similar in size to the Promaster City but with AWD.