New for 2021, you can think of the Ford Bronco Sport as the more accessible version of Ford's brawnier Bronco body-on-frame SUV. This unibody crossover shares a lot under the skin with Ford's latest Escape, but it has a completely different look and feel. Furthermore, the Sport can be equipped to deliver a shocking amount of off-road capability.
Whereas the "big" two- and four-door Bronco squares off against Jeep's iconic Wrangler, the four-door-only Bronco Sport lines up best against models like the Jeep Compass and Subaru Crosstrek. Powered by either a 1.5-liter turbocharged in-line three-cylinder or an optional 2.0-liter turbo four, the compact Bronco Sport pairs ruggedly handsome, upright styling with standard all-wheel drive and surprisingly competent on-road manners.
Loaded with clever features like a cargo shelf that can be converted into a table and an integrated tailgate bottle opener, the Bronco Sport seems tailor made for outdoorsy types who don't need a heavy-duty, ladder-frame SUV, but who still want more off-road chops than today's typical car-based crossover vehicles. The Blue Oval is emphasizing the model's adventurous look and feel by offering accessory packages geared toward campers, cyclists, and so on.
It'd be tempting to suggest that the Bronco Sport is little more than a typical mall-crawler crossover playing off-road dress up, but the reality is that this vehicle is profoundly capable in the rough stuff, especially off-road-minded trims like the Badlands, which is outfitted with additional ground clearance, knobbier tires and more sophisticated AWD hardware.
As tempting as a big SUV may be to purchase, they cost a lot of cash. Not everyone has that kind of money to spend, but a small or compact SUV? That could be significantly more affordable... not to mention they've absolutely displaced the sedan as the body style of choice for modern car shoppers.
You'll find a whole slew of options on sale today, but the small and compact segment is a particularly giant one (so to speak). We'll save you time and show you the best choices for a small SUV.
Whether you want an SUV capable of getting your dogs to the park or your kids to baseball practice, compact crossovers are more than equipped for the task. Considering the sheer variety of vehicles on sale today, there's something for just about everyone, whether your priorities involve tech, safety or towing capacity. Let's take a look at some of our favorites.
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