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FORD BRONCO SPORT

There are still affordable small crossovers out there, but few are as well-suited to active lifestyles as the all-new Ford Bronco Sport.
  

That’s to be expected, of course, from a compact SUV bearing this legendary nameplate. While a larger and more rugged Bronco is coming down the trail soon, the Bronco Sport is surprisingly capable of kicking up some dust with its standard all-wheel-drive system, generous ground clearance and preprogrammed G.O.A.T. (Go Over Any Terrain) modes.
  

Just because it’s fit for trotting through the boonies doesn’t mean this four-wheeled equine can’t live happily in the burbs, too. Ride and handling are decent on the road, though several pavement-focused competitors are better in this regard.
  

The Outer Banks model I tested also offered a nicely outfitted interior featuring an eight-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Clever details abound, including a cargo hold with an easy-to-clean rubberized floor.
  

Ultimately, outdoorsy types will like the Bronco Sport so much that wild horses couldn’t drag them away.

   

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STRENGTHS

  • More capable in the dirt than most small SUVs
  • The cabin features many smart details designed for active lifestyles.

WEAKNESSES

  • Not all off-road G.O.A.T. modes are available on all models.
  • The back seat can feel tight for taller passengers.

 

BOTTOM LINE

  • For a small crossover with real off-road capability, saddle up one of these.

 

PRICING

  • Base Price: $26,820
  • As Tested: $36,045

 

SAFETY

  • NHTSA: Not yet tested.

 

M.P.G. (city/highway)

  • 25/28 (1.3L inline three-cylinder)