It’s been a busy week for Ford Bronco news thus far, as horsepower and torque numbers for the reborn SUV were just released yesterday, joining the launch of Ford’s official parts & accessories page. Now, we’re continuing that trend, as 2021 Ford Bronco fuel economy ratings have just been released, which are no doubt of interest to those waiting to take delivery of the rugged new machine.
|2.3L EcoBoost I-4 Auto*||20||22||21|
|2.3L EcoBoost I-4 Auto, Black Diamond||18||18||18|
|2.3L EcoBoost I-4 Auto, Sasquatch Package||18||18||18|
|2.3L EcoBoost I-4 Auto, Badlands||18||17||17|
|2.3L EcoBoost I-4 Manual*||20||22||21|
|2.3L EcoBoost I-4 Manual Black Diamond||17||19||18|
|2.3L EcoBoost I-4Manual Badlands||16||18||17|
|2.7L EcoBoost V6 Auto**||18||20||19|
|2.7L EcoBoost V6 Auto, Sasquatch Package||17||17||17|
|2.7L EcoBoost V6 Auto Badlands (w/o Sasquatch)||17||18||17|
* Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks
** Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, non-Sasquatch Badlands
These official 2021 Ford Bronco fuel economy ratings are not terribly surprising, nor are they anything that will rival the small-displacement compact cars or hybrids of the world. Those seeking the very best fuel economy out of a new Bronco will find it with Base, Big Bend, or Outer Banks trims equipped with Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 and 10-speed automatic transmission or seven-speed manual, which returns 20 miles-per-gallon in the city, 22 on the highway, and 21 combined.
As one might imagine, opting for the more powerful 2.7L EcoBoost V6, larger-tired Sasquatch Package, or heavier trim levels like the Badlands has a negative effect on fuel economy. Every Bronco equipped with the 2.7 and Sasquatch Package is rated at an even 17/17/17 miles-per-gallon city/highway/combined, while, quite surprisingly, a Badlands with the 2.3 and manual gearbox is only rated to return 16/18/17.
It’s worth pointing out that the Bronco’s best fuel economy ratings can’t quite match up to the Jeep Wrangler, which is rated at 22 city, 24 highway, and 23 combined when equipped with the automaker’s 2.0L turbocharged I-4 and automatic transmission. But that engine produces 270 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque – less than the Bronco I-4’s 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet. The Bronco also weighs more in virtually every configuration.
Regardless, even with gas prices going up and supply dwindling thanks to a shortage of tanker truck drivers and hacked pipelines, many Bronco owners won’t be overly concerned with fuel economy and likely expected this to be the case when they placed their reservations/orders. The bigger concern for them, at least for now, is when they might actually take delivery of their vehicle, as production could potentially be threatened by the ongoing chip shortage.
Source: Bronco Nation