Sharing common underpinnings and powertrains with the Escape, the Bronco Sport is actually a car-based SUV that is styled like an off-roader. It’s almost like a descendant from the original Escape, before the once-boxy model evolved into a tall iteration of the Focus.
Along with the heritage-themed moniker comes a series of trim names that sound born from a guide to the National Parks. We recently experienced a Bronco Sport Badlands, the most off-road-oriented trim with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, that we rented from Ford. Shortly after, we bought our own Bronco Sport Outer Banks, a more urbane version with a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine. Between the two examples, we’ve been able to sample much of what this new model has to offer.
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We will soon put our Bronco Sport through more than 50 tests at the CR Auto Test Center, including those that evaluate acceleration, braking, fuel economy, handling, car-seat fit, and controls. CR members will have access to the full road-test results.
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