The Ford Bronco is one of the most iconic sport utility vehicles ever made. It’s up there with the Jeep Wrangler and the Hummer. So when Ford discontinued it in 1996, there were many car enthusiasts disappointed.
Ford reintroduced the Bronco to much fanfare in 2020, and the response has been overwhelming. But there are many problems with the new Bronco that are hard to overlook. We looked at 20 things where Ford went wrong with the new full-size Bronco and its Sport counterpart.
20: No V8 Option
It should go without saying that the full-size Bronco is a disappointment without a more powerful V8 engine. One of the perks to driving the original was the burly growl of the V8 engine that drivers appreciate. Ford slowly moved away from V8 powerplants in full-size trucks and SUVs, so it’s easy to understand why the V8 is not there. But with Jeep offering a powerful V8 engine in the Wrangler, the Bronco has some real competition.
The Bronco is an SUV that almost needs a V8 engine for its identity (via Motor 1). Without the V8 powerplant, the full-size model doesn’t feel the same. There are few full-size SUV models that have come and gone, and the Bronco is the most iconic. Ford needs to listen to consumer demand and bring us a V8 powerplant already.