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Eric's Autos: 2022 Ford Bronco

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Going off-road is easy -- if you have the right equipment. Not so easy is also being easygoing on the road.

Despite its rugged looks, the revived Ford Bronco is exactly that. Plus, more than just about anything else.

What It Is

The Bronco is a two- or four-door midsized SUV and unlike any other new SUV -- with the sole exception of the Jeep Wrangler, which it's meant to compete with. Both of them feature removable doors and tops and, miraculously, come standard with manual transmissions. This alone sets them apart from every other new SUV available since all of the others are automatic-only.

The Ford starts at $30,800 for the base two-door trim -- almost the same asking price as the base Wrangler two-door, which lists for $29,995.

It comes standard with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine paired up with a seven-speed manual transmission and a part-time/selectable four-wheel-drive system. A 10-speed automatic is optional.

 

Adding another pair of doors bumps the asking price to $34,700 -- and the total cargo capacity to 73 cubic feet from 52.3 cubic feet. Four-door versions of the Bronco also come standard with the 10-speed automatic transmission.

From there, you can select from among six additional trims, including a new high-performance Raptor iteration that comes with 37-inch all-terrain tires, Fox heavy-duty 3.1-inch diameter shocks with internal and external fluid reservoirs, modified control arms, nearly 12 inches of ground clearance, 13-14 inches of wheel articulation and, uniquely, a twin turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that summons 400 horsepower.

This one stickers for $68,500.

What's New For 2022

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