Ford Bronco Review & Ratings
- 10 September 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
Ford Motor Company was founded in 1906 by Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, USA and produces automobiles worldwide. The Bronco first appeared in 1966 as a competitor to compact sport utility vehicles, and was also an off-road vehicle to compete with such ORVs as the Jeep. It became larger in 1978: it shared many aspects with Ford’s F-100 pick-up truck, including the chassis and drivetrain.
In the 1980s the Bronco was again redesigned to be shorter, with the company moving toward fuel economy. It was redesigned once again in the early 1990s, along with the F-series trucks to be larger and with improved safety features, including driver-side airbags, rear three-point seatbelts, a third taillight, and front end crumple zones.
In 1994, the Ford Bronco became infamous when O.J. Simpson led Los Angeles police on a low-speed chase after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the murder of his ex-wife. The Bronco was discontinued and the last one rolled off the assembly line in 1996. Used Broncos are still widely available, as it is an extremely reliable model.
Depending on the model year and mileage, Ford Broncos can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars upwards of $15,000.00, or more.
Engines on early models ranged from 170 cu in (2.8 L) Straight-6 to a 302 cu in (4.9 L) Windsor V-8. The 1978-1979 redesign saw a choice between a 351 cu in (5.75 L) 351M V-8 engine and a 400 cu in (6.6 L) 400M V-8 engine.
1986 saw the reintroduction of the Straight-6 engine in a 300 cu in (4.9 L) size, and V-8 options in the 302 cu in (4.95 L) 302, 351 cu in (5.75 L) 351M, and 351 cu in (5.75 L) Windsor. The later models included many of these same engine designs.
Transmission options range from manual four and five speed transmissions to four and five speed automatic transmissions, including a limited three speed automatic transmission.
Size and Space Options
The original compact SUV Bronco was smaller than successive generations with a length of just over 151 inches. Later model full-size Broncos added more than thirty inches to its length, which is thought to have added much more room for people and cargo, as well as added head room.
Control Panel and Display
The original Broncos offered a stripped-down dashboard with easy-to-read displays for speed and gas consumption. Later models added much more to the dash, while in keeping with an easy-to-navigate display for the driver.
With a large interior, passengers as well as the driver have plenty of head and leg room to move around and comfortable seating for long trips.
Broncos have been around for decades and are a good-looking SUV as well as reliable. With routine maintenance, a Ford Bronco will last for years.
Late model Ford Broncos came with standard anti-theft alarms installed, but other options were available.
Early models of the Bronco came with standard two or three-point seatbelts, with three-point seatbelts becoming standard in the back seats in 1979. The 1980s saw the addition of driver-side airbags and eventually late model Broncos would have driver and passenger side airbags made standard.
The Ford Bronco includes individual front driver and passenger seating, with a middle console for storage. The back is a standard bench seat, which can seat three adults.
The Ford Bronco comes in a variety of colors with chrome-colored hardware.
Bronco accessories include a variety of sized tire rims, hitches for hauling equipment, and all replacement parts.
The Bronco is a solidly-built SUV that is extremely reliable and with proper maintenance will last its owner many years.
Even though discontinued, the Bronco is seen as a sleek and reliable automobile.
Pound for pound, the Ford Bronco is a great value. Many late model SUVs are available for sale at reasonable cost and in great running order.
Overall, the Ford Bronco is an amazing value for the average prices being asked for. The SUV is a reliable workhorse whether hauling people or cargo and will offer reliable service for many years.