The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is, of course, an all-new vehicle that borrows some of the ruggedness the Ford Bronco is famous for and instills it in a compact crossover. There are quite a few nifty features present in the Bronco Sport as well, most of which we’ve covered extensively in the past. But when we spent some time with a Badlands model recently, we noticed something else that was particularly interesting – the Bronco Sport hood release lever is capable of opening the hood completely, without the need for a secondary latch.
This is a bit of a departure from many other vehicles, including the also-all-new 2021 Ford F-150, which features a more traditional hood latch system with a secondary release lever located underneath the hood. However, the Bronco Sport hood release lever functions in a completely different way.
To open the hood on the Bronco Sport, the owner first has to pull the hood release lever and let it completely retract, a move that releases the hood latch. Next, fully pull the hood release lever a second time, which fully releases the hood. This eliminates the need to get out of the vehicle and feel around for the secondary lever to fully open the hood.
It certainly seems like this idea is long overdue, and it should probably be present in every new vehicle. For most, opening the hood is not something they do on a regular basis, so it’s sometimes a pain to remember where the secondary latch is located and then find it, enabling the owner to open the hood. But like many other traditional automotive features like column shifters and manual crank windows, some ideas just seem to stick around longer than others.