As expected, the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler have become big rivals. Brand biases aside, both vehicles have their strengths and weaknesses, and each is better suited to certain people than others. The Wrangler is more of a hardcore off-roader, while the Bronco excels as a family car that can tackle tough terrain when needed.10 reasons why the Wrangler is better than the Bronco
Ten Wrangler offers a variety of engine options
Big V8 on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
As you may know, Jeep offers multiple engine options for the Wrangler. The turbo he can run anything from a 2.0 liter to a diesel, a hybrid or even his larger V-8. The Bronco, on the other hand, has far fewer options, so if you live in a place like California where emissions are tight, his hybrid Wrangler could be a much more future-proof purchase. With stricter emissions regulations, hybrid cars will definitely be able to stay on the road. Plus, given current fuel prices, it’s nice to be able to get around in EV mode alone for a short trip.
9 Wrangler has a mechanical transfer case shifter
The interior of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe is almost identical to the rest of the Wrangler lineup.
Most vehicles on the market today come with buttons or dials that control the transfer case (low range, high range and 4 wheel drive mode). These dials make shifting to four-wheel drive easier, as mechanical shifters can be stiff at times. However, they can also have their own minds. A Bronco owner has generally stated an issue where the vehicle defaults to his 2 wheel drive if there is a failure with the selector or his 4WD system. The driver cannot do anything to change it. This is a problem if you are in the midst of a difficult ordeal. In Jeeps, off-roaders have no choice. Wrangler drivers can shift the lever to the optimum mode in a given situation.
8 Jeep Wrangler is a small car
jeep wrangler driving in the desert
A small car can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. Again, as I said at the beginning, it all depends on your intended use. For those less concerned about space, the Wrangler will be easier to manage around town, when parking, and most importantly on the trail. Much easier to deploy on the trail. This is not the case with the Bronco. In tight sections it can feel bulky and unwieldy. So for off-roaders, the jeep wins.
7 Wrangler is a better combination
Hybrid Jeep Wrangler 4xe Rubicon in the desert
Now, Wranglers aren’t known for interior quality and durability. The old JK model was terrible on the inside. However, his new JL is a big step forward. The Bronco certainly feels cheap and it’s not sturdy. Sure, this is a brand new car, but Ford is not a brand new company and problems like this are unacceptable. On the subject of interiors, the Bronco’s second row has no air conditioning. This is certainly a big drawback if you have children.
6 Wrangler is also more robust
Top down shot of a roofless Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Continuing the theme of being better built, the Wrangler is certainly a sturdier vehicle than the Bronco. Underneath is his Dana 44 (Rubicon model), one of America’s most famous and reliable axles. Dana 44 is powerful and has been proven for decades. The new Wrangler Rubicon can run 37-inch tires without too many issues as far as the driveline is concerned. This is not the case with the Bronco. Its independent suspension design is weak, and buyers ran into issues with steering rod bending and CV axle braking. .
Five Wrangler parts are everywhere
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the desert.
As mentioned earlier, the Wrangler has one of the most common axles in America, the Dana 44. This means that it will be much easier to find parts to get the vehicle running again if something goes wrong on the trail. The same is true for the naturally aspirated Pentastar V-6, which has been used in so many vehicles over the years. There are very few scenarios where your Wrangler has a problem and you can’t find the parts to fix it. On the other hand, the Bronco uses a lot of one-off parts, which are definitely hard to come by. Especially since this is a much newer platform.
Four The Jeep Wrangler is good off-road
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon off-roading in mud
Note that for high-speed desert bashing, the Bronco’s independent suspension excels because it’s more controllable. However, if you’re into big tires, rock crawling, and really tough obstacles, the Wrangler can’t be beat. Again, it all comes down to stout front and rear axles. In addition to superior strength and durability, the heavy-duty front he axle provides more articulation. More wheel articulation means the Wrangler can keep the wheels on the ground longer. This improves grip and stability. So if tough off-road driving is high on your priority list, the Wrangler is the truck for you.
3 You can easily fix your Jeep Wrangler yourself
Rear shot of a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe in the desert
A Wrangler is easier to fix at home than a Bronco. This again depends on its suspension. As you can see, if you want to take apart the independent suspension design, you’ll need a ball joint press and other special tools. Solid axles are generally simpler in design and easier to disassemble. So small jobs like replacing bushings, ball joints or steering rods are easier and require fewer special tools. If you love off-roading and you love fixing and modifying your car at home, the Wrangler is definitely the car for you as it makes the whole process easier.
2 Wrangler has more aftermarket support
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon looking at home in the desert
The Jeep Wrangler is king when it comes to aftermarket support. These vehicles can be turned into anything you like. From budget builds to full V8 monsters that can crawl anything you want. Bronco is new. Aftermarket support is therefore not very extensive. Additionally, its suspension design does not allow it to be extensively modified. Lifting the vehicle is more difficult. This is because the CV axle binds and weak components make it difficult to mount large tires. The Wrangler is a better choice if you want to make big changes to your track.
1 Wrangler is a safer purchase
Rear shot of a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon cruising down the street
The JL Wrangler has been on the market a lot longer than the Bronco. This means the platform has been tried and tested, and you know which engine to choose if you want reliability, so it’s a safe purchase. It is highly durable and can be used for thousands of miles without problems. Also, any issues with the new platform are now gone. The Bronco saw some engine and soft top issues that led to the recall. That new platform means there may be potential issues down the road that are not yet recognized.