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2024 Ford Bronco: Off-Road Champ Gets Minor, Not Subtle, Changes

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More than a few people at Ford are probably wondering why they waited so long to challenge the Jeep Wrangler, as the Bronco has now enjoyed around 100,000 sales for the past couple of years. It’s not hard to imagine that Ford is pulling some of those buyers from Jeep showrooms: Since the Bronco debuted, Wrangler sales have fallen lower than they’ve been in at least a decade. For the 2024 model year, Ford is making just a few minor changes to its off-road champion to keep the momentum rolling.

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What’s New

Minor changes are not the same as subtle changes. Available on the Bronco Raptor, the new Code Orange Package splashes high-vis orange graphics across the rear fenders and windows, and matching tow hooks and beadlock rings on the dark gray wheels complete the look. Orange seat belts are available to bring the look inside, too. All Raptors, including those with the Code Orange Package, now wear body-color fender flares instead of unpainted black pieces.

For 2024, all Broncos including the Raptor also get a 12-inch touchscreen running Ford’s latest software, Sync 4. Elsewhere in the lineup, the Everglades trim returns, and the Badlands trim gets a new heavy-duty steel front bumper.

Powertrains and Fuel Economy

The Bronco’s base engine is a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder making 300 horsepower and 325 pounds-feet of torque. In some trim levels, it can be paired with a seven-speed manual transmission; a 10-speed automatic is optional in some configurations and standard in others. All Broncos are four-wheel drive.

Fuel-economy figures for the 2024 model aren’t yet available, but they’re not expected to change much from 2023 numbers, when ratings varied among trim levels due to weight and wheel and tire size. With the four-cylinder, it ranged from a high of 20/21/20 mpg city/highway/combined with either the manual or the automatic to a low of 16/17/16 mpg. A turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 with 330 hp and 415 pounds-feet is optional on most trims and is paired with the 10-speed automatic; 2023 fuel economy ranged from a high of 19/21/20 mpg to a low of 17/17/17 mpg. The Raptor gets its own engine, a 418-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 generating 440 pounds-feet of torque and again teamed exclusively with the automatic; for 2023, it was good for 15/16/15 mpg.

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Availability and Pricing

The 2024 Ford Bronco is on sale now, in a dizzying array of highly customized trims. Starting prices (including $1,895 destination fee) are as follows:

  • Big Bend: $41,025
  • Black Diamond: $44,725
  • Outer Banks: $49,835
  • Heritage Edition: $49,950
  • Badlands: $51,490
  • Everglades: $57,615
  • Wildtrak: $62,120
  • Heritage Limited Edition: $71,580
  • Raptor: $91,930

All Broncos are available with four doors, and all but the Outer Banks, Everglades and Raptor can also be had with just two doors. The price difference between two and four doors varies between trim levels, from a low of $540 on the Wildtrak to $1,420 on the Heritage Limited Edition. Two-door Broncos are only available with a hard top; four-door variants can be had with a hard or soft top.

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Safety Equipment and Trim Levels

The only street-oriented active-safety feature that is standard on the Bronco is forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Additional systems come and go as you progress through the trim hierarchy, including blind spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure steering assist, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera system.

The Big Bend trim level rides on 17-inch wheels with 32-inch all-terrain tires. It has two tow hooks up front, one out back and LED headlights. Keyless entry and start are standard, as well as seven speakers and the 12-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Black Diamond is set up for customization, with heavy-duty front and rear bumpers and prewired auxiliary switches for aftermarket accessories. It also gets rock rails and underbody skid plates to protect vulnerable components from impacts during serious off-roading.

Moving up to the Outer Banks nets a somewhat more refined Bronco, with leather seats that are power-adjustable and heated in front, ambient lighting, a standard automatic transmission, side steps, and body-color fenders, door handles and mirrors. It rides on 18-inch wheels with 32-inch tires and gets upgraded LED headlights. The Heritage Edition makes the most of the Bronco’s retro silhouette with unique bumpers front and rear, special graphics, and a white grille, top and wheels. It gets the same suite of luxury features as the Outer Banks, as well as 35-inch mud tires, a suspension lift, and locking front and rear differentials.

Named for a not-particularly-wet national park, the Badlands gets vinyl seats and rubberized flooring with drain plugs in case you need to hose it out. It rides on 33-inch all-terrain tires and a unique suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, a disconnecting front sway bar, and locking front and rear differentials. The more appropriately named Everglades trim level is optimized for deep water and mud, with vinyl seats that are heated in front, a factory installed snorkel and winch, as well as 35-inch mud tires and a suspension lift with Bilstein shocks.

The turbocharged V-6 is standard on the Wildtrak and Heritage Limited Edition. Additionally, the Wildtrak features a heavy-duty front bumper and specialized Fox shock absorbers, as well as a lifted suspension, locking front and rear differentials, and 35-inch mud tires. In addition to the more powerful engine, the Heritage Limited Edition includes leather upholstery with plaid inserts, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and wireless phone charging.

Designed for high-speed desert running, the Raptor rides on a unique suspension that necessitates its wider fender flares. It rides on 37-inch all-terrain tires and features all of the luxury and off-road features that are standard on lesser Broncos.

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