The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has been heading down the pipeline for quite some time now, and it has become quite clear that the new off-road ute is gunning for the Jeep Cherokee. Does the Ford have a shot at taking a bite out of the Cherokee’s sales? We really just can’t wait to get down to the bottom of this, so we’re taking the Jeep Cherokee on the road to go head-to-head with this gutsy newcomer. Discover which treads further past the pavement’s end in this 2021 Jeep Cherokee vs the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport off-road SUV comparison.
2021 Jeep Cherokee
2021 Ford Bronco Sport
|2.4-liter 4-cylinder||Base Engine||1.5-liter turbo 3-cylinder|
|29.9°/ 32.2° / 22.9° ||Approach / Departure / Breakover Angles||30.4° / 33.1° / 23.6° |
|4,500 lbs. ||Towing Capacity||2,200 lbs.|
A quick glance at the 2021 Jeep Cherokee vs the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport comparison table shows that the two bite-sized off-roaders offer identical approach, departure, and breakover angles. That means you’ll have no issue clearing obstacles off the pavement.
For engine performance, the Cherokee compact crossover offers a wider range of choices than its Ford counterpart. At bottom rung of the ladder is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder (180 hp, 171 lb-ft). Higher trims come with a 3.2-liter V6 (271 hp, 239 lb-ft) or an optional 2.0-liter turbo (270 hp, 295 lb-ft). The Bronco Sport will sell you either a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder (181 hp, 190 lb-ft) or a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder (245 hp, 275 lb-ft).
Our verdict? The Bronco Sport has some good things going for it but taking on the Jeep Cherokee would be a tall order. The Cherokee remains the best off-road compact crossover for taking on the Minnesotan wilderness, and you can find it here at Fury Motors Saint Paul!