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.
- More capable in the dirt than most small SUVs
- The cabin features many smart details designed for active lifestyles.
- Not all off-road G.O.A.T. modes are available on all models.
- The back seat can feel tight for taller passengers.
- For a small crossover with real off-road capability, saddle up one of these.
- Base Price: $26,820
- As Tested: $36,045
- NHTSA: Not yet tested.
- 25/28 (1.3L inline three-cylinder)