Ford Bronco vs Jeep Wagoneer? We say BRONCO… what do you think?
The thought of the Ford Bronco and the Jeep Wagoneer brings us back to the 1960’s when they were first released. With both Ford and Jeep releasing modernized versions of one of their most classic SUVs, we are going crazy to see what improvements have been made. With sleek new looks, accessories, and plenty more, we are going to take a deep dive into which classic vehicle is the best purchase for you.
Both the 2021 Ford Bronco and 2021 Jeep Wagoneer have released details on the car that we will be getting into later. For now, we know that both of these vehicles are set for a release date in early 2021. Reservations are available and sign-ups for updates are available as well.
To begin, we are going to compare the exterior of both of these vehicles. Ford teamed up with Disney for a July announcement of the new and improved Bronco. The advertising was simple and to the point and with the Ford Bronco already having a huge following due to it being ingrained in automotive history, car enthusiasts were pleased to see that its design was only modernized for the better. At first glance, the Ford Bronco truly does look like the original Bronco that we have known to love. With its boxy shape and strong frame, the Bronco looks like it is back! The Jeep Wagoneer on the other hand took a big step in making it look like a more common SUV. The classic 60’s Jeep Wagoneer has its extremely recognizable wood panels on the outside while the 2021 version looks to have scrapped that idea. Both vehicles have made drastic improvements to exterior accessories such as LED headlamps and power glass side view mirrors. Where the Bronco takes the clear edge is in the flexibility of the car itself. The Bronco, both the 2 and 4 door option, allows you to easily take off the car doors and top of the vehicle, adding to the nostalgia of the Ford Bronco. All in all, we believe the Ford Bronco has the edge over the Jeep Wagoneer based on the exterior due to its flexibility and its more classic look.
Both the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wagoneer have made vast improvements and changes to the interior of their revamped vehicles. Both have modernized greatly, adding things such as LED displays, remote keyless access, and multiple high-quality speakers. For seating and the overall look of the interior, we think that the Ford Bronco has the advantage. This is because of its rugged, but clean look to its interior. The marine-grade vinyl seating and the bulkiness of them look like a modernized take on the classic seating in the original Ford Bronco. It also has rubberized washable floors with integrated drains for easy cleaning when you take your Bronco out for a crazy ride. We also like how the Ford Bronco has revamped their dashboard and other front seat displays, but not too much to where it’s much too technological. The Ford Bronco found the perfect balance between new and old designs for the interior, while the Jeep Wagoneer seems to have gone over-the-top with a completely tech-based dashboard and front-seat display that has around 5 LED displays in the whole vehicle. It does have some nice interior features such as a collection of premium wrapped materials, hand and heat-treated blackened lace with raw accent edging, and authentic dual-texture metal framing. We think that when you are reimagining and releasing a classic car, you want to keep that same old-school feel to it while adding some great features. The Ford Bronco does just that.
Driving Capabilities and More
With all the advancements we’ve had with technology since the first release of these two vehicles, we know that the driving capabilities will be much different. Full details on the Jeep Wagoneer’s engine have not been released, but we do know that it will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It is believed that the Wagoneer is much more of a luxury car, than a vehicle with off-road capabilities. Instead of being one that you take on your picnics and fishing expeditions, it’s much more of a car that will be featured prominently on Instagram. The only thing that has been boasted about the Jeep is that it has some powerful towing capability. Many believe that the Wagoneer name is more of a marketing strategy rather than throwing it back to what the Wagoneers pedigree was. For the Ford Bronco, it will boast a 7-speed manual transmission that is projected to produce about 270 horsepower. This will allow for performance on both the city roads and the off roads, giving the Bronco the driving flexibility that the Wagoneer can’t give. Both of these vehicles are 4×4 drive type with multiple options for wheel type. For safety accessories, both the Jeep Wagoneer and Ford Bronco will have rear-view cameras, driver-assistance capabilities, and a plethora of safety features throughout the vehicle.
The pricing for the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wagoneer has some staggering, but not definite differences. The base version of the Ford Bronco that boasts all of the features listed above starts at $28,500. For a car of its capabilities and nostalgia, we believe this is a very reasonable price. The Jeep Wagoneer on the other hand doesn’t have a set price, but it is rumored to be around $100,000 for this improved vehicle. With all of the technology put into the car and its essentially brand new look, this price makes sense, but is still a hefty price to pay. For this grand price, you could select any of the Ford Bronco’s models such as the Badlands, Outerbanks, or First Edition for a lower price! Once again, the Ford Bronco takes the edge in the always important category of pricing.
After putting all the details above into consideration, we believe the Ford Bronco is the better choice of the classic vehicle turned modern. The Jeep Wagoneer has lots to offer and lots to still be released, but the additions seem to be things that aren’t really necessary. Too much unnecessary technology and the lack of relation back to the original vehicle takeaway classic value and add onto the staggering price. As for the Ford Bronco, we think they hit it on the head with their modernized look on the Bronco, but still keeping the classic vibe to it. The Ford Bronco also features many of the things the Wagoneer has, but for a fraction of the price. With all that said, the Ford Bronco is the superior choice compared to the Jeep Wagoneer.
If you want to get your own 2021 Ford Bronco, check out Ford of Kirkland for more information about the vehicles and how to reserve one of your own!