Yes, it's a sturdy little thing.


While we filthy heads are all Twitterpated the new Ford Bronco, you shouldn't overlook his little brother, him Bronco Sport. This smaller crossover is not just a commuter and a stroller driver. it looks like it has some serious off-road problems. Sure, sport doesn't get you across the toughest trails in Moab, but it should be perfect for smaller adventures, like going to a fantastic mountain bike trail or a remote campsite.

Let's take a look at how Bronco Sport – in Badlands, with its largest tires available – compares to its closest competitor, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk. To put it bluntly, we haven't raced the Bronco Sport yet, so for now we're just sticking to the specs.

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The Bronco Sport and Compass are fairly evenly matched in terms of size, although the wheelbase of the jeep is a bit shorter and overall a bit longer. The compass is also narrower, which should help avoid the "off-road pinstripe" finish caused by scratches on the finish.


Ford Bronco Sport Jeep compass

172.7 in

173 in


82.2 in

80 in


71.4 in

64.6 in


105.7 in

103.8 in

Track (front / rear)

63.4 / 62.8 in

60.7 / 60.3 inches

Loading space (seats up / down)

29.4 / 60.6 in

27.7 / 59.8 cu-ft

Towing capacity

2,200 pounds

2,000 pounds


1,000 pounds

860 pounds


When it comes to performance, the Bronco Sport comes standard with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder. However, please note that our Badlands fairing is only available with the larger 2.0 liter EcoBoost I4. Regardless, they both outperformed the Compass 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine. The Bronco Sport has an eight-speed automatic transmission, and while a six-speed manual transmission is available for other cladding of the compass, it has a nine-speed automatic in Trailhawk form.


Ford Bronco Sport Jeep compass

2.0-liter turbo I4

2.4 liter I4


245 hp

180 hp


275 lb-ft

175 lb-ft


8-speed car

9-speed car

Off-road geometry

When it comes to being off the beaten path, the geometry, creep ratio and limited slip differentials of a vehicle play a role. First, the approach, departure and overturn angles are crucial. After all, you cannot overcome an obstacle if you cannot overcome it. Tires play a big role here too, and the Jeep Compass' largest rubber measures 28 inches, while the Bronco Sport gives you 29-inch tires. However, these larger tires don't seem to help the Bronco much when it comes to the total. It beats the compass in approach and departure angles, but not much. Due to the shorter wheelbase of the compass, it has a much better tip angle than the Bronco Sport.

Off-roaders also love to talk about creep conditions. I know you haven't signed up for a math course. Let's just say that there are many variables here, and it shows how much the torque is multiplied before it hits the ground. A vehicle with a lot of torque and a high creep ratio should be able to crawl slowly and in a controlled manner over obstacles.

While the Bronco Sport Badlands has a lower creep ratio, it also starts with more torque: 275 pound-feet from the 2.0-liter engine compared to the 175-pound feet of the Compass. As soon as all calculations have been completed, the Bronco should crawl out the compass easily.

When it comes to differential locks, none of the vehicles has one in the conventional technical sense. The compass has an all-wheel lock function that brings more torque to the rear and changes the traction control parameters, but does not distribute the power evenly across the rear wheels. The Bronco Sport has a double clutch rear, which can act as a traditional locker, but also transfers the entire torque to a wheel if required.

Offroad Technical specifications

Ford Bronco Sport Jeep compass
Ground clearance

8.8 in

8.5 in

Approach angle

30.4 degrees

30.3 degrees

Departure angle

33.1 degrees

33.6 degrees

Overturn angle

20.4 degrees

24.4 degrees

Recording depth

23.6 in

19.0 in

Creep ratio

18: 1

21: 0




Based on these specifications alone, the Bronco Sport appears to be a worthy opponent of the venerable jeep. Even if you climbed onto the larger Cherokee Trailhawk, the Bronco Sport shows respectable performance compared to the 2.0-liter Turbo I4 and the optional 3.2-liter V6 of the jeep. My advice? Don't copy the Bronco Sport as another cute ute. it seems to have a lot of ability.


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