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Ford Explorer vs. Ford Bronco

When comparing the Ford Explorer to the Ford Bronco, the Ford Explorer has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, interior volume and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Ford Explorer versus the Ford Bronco, the Ford Explorer is a better car than the Ford Bronco.

Ford Explorer versus Ford Bronco Pricing

For a new model, the Ford Explorer's price is between $36,442 and $59,358, with the Ford Bronco priced between $37,696 and $68,249.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ford Explorer’s base engine makes 300 horsepower, and the Ford Bronco base engine makes 275 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ford Explorer, a crossover/midsize SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Ford Bronco, a midsize SUV, has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front leg room and trunk space.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Ford Explorer has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity, while the Ford Bronco has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance.

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2023 Ford Explorer

2023 Ford Bronco

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,442 - $59,358

Used Asking Price:

$34,452 - $54,990

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$37,696 - $68,249

Used Asking Price:

-

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

49.4%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

6.6 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 25
5 / 31
5 / 25
6 / 61
6 / 25
7 / 61
7 / 61
7 / 31
7 / 25
9 / 31
13 / 31
43 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

22 / 25

Summary Review

The Ford Explorer is one of the defining vehicles of its segment. This three-row SUV is big, tough, and versatile. Ford redesigned its Explorer for 2020, switching it back to a rear-wheel-drive-based vehicle with a more rugged foundation.

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Summary Review

The Ford Bronco is a compact SUV with excellent off-road capability. The original Bronco was discontinued back in 1996, with 2021 marking its return to the Ford lineup. The average new model costs $51,186.

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Pros and Cons

  • Passenger Space
  • Advanced 4X4 all-wheel-drive system available
  • Class-leading engines on many trims, including a hybrid

  • Older models lack some basic advanced safety systems common for their model years
  • No 8-passenger seating option for 2021

Pros and Cons

  • Superior off-road capability
  • Excellent cargo capacity for four-door models
  • Highly customizable through factory accessories

  • Bouncy on-road ride
  • Tight rear seats for two-door models
  • Low fuel economy

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Flex Fuel, Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

XLT, Base, Police Interceptor Utility, Platinum, ST, Limited, King Ranch, ST-Line, Timberline

Trim Levels

Black Diamond, Black Diamond Advanced, Big Bend, Heritage Limited Edition, Wildtrak Advanced, Badlands Advanced, Big Bend Advanced, Outer Banks, Raptor Advanced, Base, Heritage Edition, Everglades Advanced, Outer Banks Advanced, Base Advanced

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 3500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

275 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque:

315 foot-lbs @ 3400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.064 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

43 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Cargo Space:

18.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

87.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

170.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.8 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

51.8 inches

Cargo Space:

22.4 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

52.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

121.4 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4345 lbs

Width:

89.3 inches

Height:

69.9 inches

Length:

198.8 inches

Wheelbase:

119.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4294 lbs

Width:

86.2 inches

Height:

71.9 inches

Length:

173.7 inches

Wheelbase:

100.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

255/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted steel

Tire Size:

P255/70R16