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2022 Ford Bronco Raptor vs. 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392: Deep Dive

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The Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler were heated competitors for some time prior to the Bronco’s discontinuation following the 1996 model year, after which this rivalry was renewed when Ford’s legendary SUV returned for the 2021 model year as a mid-size Wrangler fighter. Jeep execs have been quite vocal about the Bronco ever since, doing everything from welcoming it back to trying to convince customers that it’s an inferior product. Regardless, the red-hot Bronco recently beat the Wrangler in a comparison test, and Jeep isn’t resting on its laurels, revealing the V8-powered Wrangler Rubicon 392 on the very same day the 2021 Bronco was unveiled. Now, however, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor has arrived to do battle with that fortified off-roader. Thus, it’s worth taking a closer look at how these two stack up in every measurable way.

Ford Bronco Raptor vs. Jeep Wrangler 392 Exterior Dimensions
2022 Ford Bronco Raptor 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 with Xtreme Recon Package
Wheelbase (inches) 116.5 118.4 118.4
Overall Length (inches) 191 188.4 192.5
Overall Width* (inches) 85.7 73.9 79.3
Overall Height (inches) 77.8 74.5 74.5
Front Track Width (inches) 73.2 64.4 66.9
Rear Track Width (inches) 73.6 64.4 66.9
Curb weight (pounds) 5,733 5,098 5,098
* with mirrors folded

On the outside, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is slightly longer than a standard Wrangler Rubicon 392, though an inch and a half shorter than the same model equipped with the optional Xtreme Recon Package, which adds a two-inch lift, retuned dampers, 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires, beadlock capable wheels, and 4.56 gears at both ends. The Bronco Raptor is significantly wider than its Jeep rival, however – nearly a food more than the standard Wrangler Rubicon 392, as well as a few inches higher and 635 pounds heavier.

Ford Bronco Raptor vs. Jeep Wrangler 392 Interior Dimensions
Dimension 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392
Seating Capacity (passengers) 5 5
Front Headroom (inches) 40.8 40.8
Front Legroom (inches) 43.1 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (inches) 57.1 55.8
Front Hip Room (inches) 55.9 53.9
Rear Headroom (inches) 40.1 40.3
Rear Legroom (inches) 36.3 38.3
Rear Shoulder Room (inches) 56.5 55.8
Rear Hip Room (inches) 54.8 56.7

On the inside, that extra space equates to more front legroom, shoulder room, and hip room in the Bronco Raptor, though the Ford has a little bit less space for rear-seat passengers, however.

Ford Bronco Raptor vs. Jeep Wrangler 392 Powertrain
2022 Ford Bronco Raptor 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 with Xtreme Recon Package
Engine 3.0L EcoBoost V6 6.4L Hemi V8 6.4L Hemi V8
Power (hp) 400+ 470 470
Torque (Ib-ft) 415+ 470 470
Transmission 10-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Transfer Case 2-speed on-demand electronic shifting electronic shifting
Rear Axle Ratio 4.7 3.73 4.56
Towing (Ibs) 4,500 3500 3500
Payload (Ibs) 1100 1002 1028

Though the numbers have yet to be finalized, Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6 is projected to produce 400+ horsepower and 415+ pound-feet of torque in the Bronco Raptor, while a 10-speed automatic transmission is the sole gearbox option. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 utilizes the naturally-aspirated 6.4L Hemi V8, which cranks out an even 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic. The Bronco Raptor is capable of towing 1,000 pounds more than its Jeep rival, however.

Ford Bronco Raptor vs. Jeep Wrangler 392 Suspension
Suspension 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 with Xtreme Recon Package
Damper type Fox Live Valve with position sensitive dampers and Fox 3.1 internal bypass dampers with integrated resevoirs High pressure gas-charged Fox aluminum monotube shock absorbers with hydralic rebound stop High-pressure gas-charged monotube shock absorbers with MTV tech and hydralic rebound stop
Damper diameter (inches) 3.1 2 3.5
Front Suspension Type Low-mass independent Solid axle, link coil, leading arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar Solid axle, link coil, leading arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension Type Five-link solid rear axle with Panhard rod and outboard coilover springs Solid axle, link coil, leading arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar Solid axle, link coil, leading arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Front Suspension Travel (inches) 13 Not reported Not reported
Rear Suspension Travel (inches) 14 Not reported Not reported

In terms of suspension upgrades, the Bronco Raptor has some seriously high-end gear including Fox’s live-valve technology with 3.1-inch dampers, along with a five-link solid rear axle and independent front suspension. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 keeps it old school with a solid front axle, along with Fox monotube shocks with either 2- or 3.5-inch dampers. Jeep doesn’t provide any suspension travel figures, so it’s hard to compare the two on paper in that regard.

Ford Bronco Raptor vs. Jeep Wrangler Off-Road Specs
2022 Ford Bronco Raptor 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 with Xtreme Recon Package
Approach Angle (degrees) 47.2 44.5 46.7
Departure Angle (degrees) 40.5 37.5 39.8
Breakover Angle (degrees) 30.8 22.6 24.5
Ground Clearance (inches) 13.1 10.3 11.1

In terms of approach, departure, and breakover angles, however, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor reigns supreme, thanks in part to its larger 37-inch tires compared to the Wrangler’s 35s. The Bronco Raptor also provides more ground clearance than either Jeep as well.

Ford Bronco Raptor vs. Jeep Wrangler 392 Wheels and Tires
2022 Ford Bronco Raptor 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 with Xtreme Recon Package
Wheel size (inches) 17×8.5 17×7.5 17×8
Wheel type beadlock capable cast aluminum/forged beadlock capable cast aluminum beadlock capable cast aluminum
Tire size (inches) 37 33 35
Tire type 37×12.50R17LT BFGoodrich KO2 All-terrain LT285/70R17C BFGoodrich KO2 All-terrain LT315/70R17C BFGoodrich KO2 All-terrain

Speaking of tires, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 comes with 33-inch rubber in standard form, or 35s with the optional Xtreme Recon Package, while the Ford rolls on giant 37s. All three come equipped with 17-inch beadlock capable wheels.

Thus, on paper, the Bronco Raptor seems to best the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 in virtually every way, though we’ll have to wait to see how it stacks up in terms of output. That also includes price, as the Bronco Raptor is set to start out at $69,995, while the Jeep has a slightly higher starting MSRP of $73,500. Now, we’ll just have to wait and see how the two stack up on the trails once the Bronco Raptor launches this summer.

We’ll have more in-depth comparisons like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Sweight

    Man this is a shame. The Bronco looks great, but it really needs to have at least an optional V8.
    No thanks on an ecoboost.

    Reply
  2. Michael Fornetti

    My Landrover Defender arrives at the end of this month.
    More comfortable and accomplishes the same off road capabilities, at least close, by using technology VS brute force approach.
    Reliability is a concern but i guess we’ll find out.

    Reply
  3. Ben

    The Defender has a V8 option….I’d say that is brute force.

    Reply

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