When the shit hits the fan, and you gotta grab your bug-out bag, arsenal, and ammo cans…. what are you going to throw all of that into? Me personally, I would typically prefer a 4-door truck with a bed. However, these days, these Jeeps and Broncos are being modified to the max and tricked out for apocalyptic performance. I could definitely see my opinion of a survival vehicle being altered with these latest models. In this article, I’m gonna share some stuff I know, because that’s what I do! I know stuff, I share stuff, and I do stuff. So let’s get to do’n stuff!
If you want to buy an off-road vehicle, the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco are some of the top options on the market. It’s very important to understand the pros and cons between these two vehicles, as it will give you an understanding of which one is right for you.
These are both coming with a V6 or a turbocharged inline four. The Wrangler’s engine is a Pentastar 3.6 liter V6, it has 285 HP and around 260 lb ft of torque. Bronco has a 2.3 liter inline four that can do 210 lb ft of torque and 270 HP. There are optional engines that can bring you more HP and torque, there are around 4 lower trims and 3 top level trims for the Bronco. The Wrangler has a 2.0 liter four that delivers less HP but more torque at around 295 lb ft. Jeep is bringing the even more powerful Wrangler 392, so the potential delivered here is very good.
You can find a common ground here, since both of them use Dana supplied units. With that being said, based on the trim level you can find multiple electronic locking differentials in the case of both ends. Bronco has 4 final drive ratios. In the case of Jeep’s Wrangler, you have the 3.45:1 standard gears, but other options are a little better. One thing to note is that Bronco doesn’t have the limited slip differential, which is optional for the Wrangler. That being said, the Bronco has 2 transfer cases, and the Wrangler has 3.
Jeep relies on a damper configuration and coil spring, whereas the Bronco comes with a coil over damper approach. That being said, Ford has an unequal length set of control arms. If you go for the more hardcore configuration, it’s important to note that both cars come with a front antiroll bar disconnect. It’s also important to keep in mind that the Wrangler comes with a great electronic actuator, whereas the Bronco has its own hydraulically controlled bar. Right now, Jeep doesn’t come with an advanced shock package, but it’s still a great option. The major difference is that the Jeep has straight axles, and the Bronco has independent suspension.
Bronco comes with a 7-speed manual here, which is very impressive. The gearbox is very interesting and powerful, and in both cases you can have the gearbox only with the base engine. With that being said, Fort has improved the double-digit gearbox since it was provided, which is really interesting in its own right.
Bronco comes with 5 tire models, 3 diameters and 3 wheel sizes. Jeep has a similar approach, they even have a muddy terrain option, but the best one is the Sasquatch package that has a 35-inch tire.
A 2-door Bronco will cost you $29995. On the other hand, the Wrangler Sport is just a few hundred more. If you want a 4-door Bronco, it will cost you $34695, which is around $1405 more when compared to the Unlimited Wrangler. Don’t forget to leave some money in your budget for all the upcoming off-road bronco parts if you decide on Ford! Having said that, there’s loads of Wrangler JL Accessories already flooding the market to choose from.
Both cars are amazing, they come with great features, and you will be amazed with their quality and value for money. In some cases, the Wrangler is a little better, but we found the Bronco to be just as interesting and appealing. All you have to do is to check both of them out, pick the right trim based on your needs, and you will have an amazing experience!