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2021 Ford Bronco Towing And Payload Specifications Are Competitive With Wrangler

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Of all the questions people have had about the all-new Ford Bronco since its unveiling back in July, one that has persisted more than most relates to the 2021 Ford Bronco towing and payload specifications. It seems that more than a few prospective Bronco owners are also interested in towing things with their shiny new SUV, and judging by Ford’s official specifications, that shouldn’t be much of a problem.

The 2021 Ford Bronco towing ratings are 3,500 pounds for both two- and four-door models when equipped with the automaker’s Class II Trailer Tow Package, which is available at an additional cost of $595. It’s worth noting that this option is available on every 2021 Bronco trim level except the Base model, though it’s a safe bet multiple aftermarket options will be available.

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Meanwhile, the Bronco’s chief rival – the Jeep Wrangler – is also rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds when equipped with the optional Trailer Tow Group package. However, this rating is exclusive to the four-door Unlimited model, as two-door Wranglers are only rated to tow up to 2,000 pounds. Thus, the two-door Bronco holds a distinct advantage in this regard.

Payload ratings do vary between two- and four-door Broncos, however. Two-door models feature a max payload capacity of 1,170 pounds, while four-door models can carry up to 1,370 pounds. The Wrangler’s max payload ratings vary depending on which trim level buyers opt for, but range from 1,081-1,220 pounds for two-door models, and 1,160-1,310 for four-door models.

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Those that want to bring their 2021 Bronco along on RV trips will also be happy to know that the vehicle is capable of being flat-towed, which means it can be hooked up behind another vehicle and pulled on all four wheels. This saves owners from having to get a trailer to bring the Bronco along on trips, which plenty of travelers will likely be looking to do.

We’ll have much more on the 2021 Bronco very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. What’s the difference between a towing rating of 3500# and a payload max of 1170? Can I pull a horse trailer or not? (My horse is 1082#)

    • If you’re asking the difference between a payload rating and towing rating, the tow rating refers to the amount of weight your vehicle can pull and payload refers to the weight that your vehicle can take to the hitch/suspension. If your horse and trailer weigh 3,500lbs, you can pull it, but if the weight that your trailer distributes to your hitch is more than 1,170lbs, you’ll be above the rated limit, and the result will be unpredictable. Very rough explanation.

  2. Okay to flat tow, great. But, can we avoid buying a base plate and connect to the provided front D ring mounts? Finding a custom clevis for my Blue Ox to fit those mounts looms as an immediate problem to flat towing.

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