What’s the Difference Between the 2023 Ford Bronco vs. the Bronco Sport?

Front-on view of Bronco Sport on off-road environment with person loading gear on top and person leaning against it

The Ford Bronco and the Ford Bronco Sport obviously share a name, but what exactly differentiates the two to warrant different model names? While similar in name, there’s actually quite a few differences between the two. The Bronco is the larger, more pickup-sized version of the SUV, available as a 2-door or a 4-door, while the Bronco Sport is a more compact-inspired SUV only available as a 4-door. There are a lot of differences between the two, so let’s get into them, to help you make your decision on which one may be best for you.


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Exterior Size

The size of the vehicles and their different design styles is most likely the first thing you’ll notice difference between these two models. The Bronco Sport and 2-Door Bronco are both actually quite similar bumper-to-bumper, but the 4-Door Bronco definitely takes the cake as the longest Bronco available. The 4-Door Bronco is a midsize SUV with a rugged look that has it primed for the off-road, and while the 2-Door Bronco is ready to tackle the road less traveled as well, it presents more of a modern, compact crossover look.


Bronco & Bronco Sport Exterior Size Comparison

Specifications 2-Door Bronco 4-Door Bronco Bronco Sport
Wheelbase (mm) 2,550.2 2,948.9 2,670.0
Length (mm) 4,412.0 4,810.8 4,386.0
Height (mm) 1,826.3
(to base of hard top)
(to base of soft top)
1,813.0 / 1,785.0
(2.0L / 1.5L)
Width (mm)
(with mirrors)
2,189.5 2,189.5 2,087.0


Front interior view of Bronco with mountain view through windshield


Interior Size

Interior & cargo space is another huge feature that prospective Bronco vs. Bronco Sport customers look for, and as you can imagine there’s a big disparity between the two, and the model options available. The 4-Door Bronco offers more space than the Bronc Sport, although the Bronco Sport does maintain more space than the 2-Door Bronco. The Bronco Sport, though, does make good use of its modern crossover style and introduces many smart storage pocket options inside for convenient use. Browse the specs below and see which one fits your needs.


Bronco & Bronco Sport Passenger Space Comparison

Specifications 2-Door Bronco 4-Door Bronco Bronco Sport
Head room (first row, mm) 1,042
(hard top)
1,037 / 1,099
(hard top / soft top)
1,055 / 992
(no moon roof / moonroof)
Head room (second row, mm) 1,011
(hard top)
1,018 / 1,044
(hard top / soft top)
(hard top)
Leg room (first row, mm) 1,096 1,096 1,077
Leg room (second row, mm) 907 921 936
Hip room (first row, mm) 1,431 1,420 1,403
Hip room (second row, mm) 1,099 1,393 1,356
Shoulder room (first row, mm) 1,450 1,450 1,455
Shoulder room (second row, mm) 1,315 1,334 1,412


Performance Ability

On both the Bronco and Bronco Sport you get your choice of powertrains, providing a broad range of power for your SUV. Explore below to see all of the engines available for each model. If towing is what you’re after out of your Ford SUV, the Bronco is definitely the choice for you. The max trailer weight the Bronco Sport can manage is 997 kg on the Badlands trim, while the most the Bronco can achieve is a hearty 2,041.0 kg on the 4-Door Bronco with the 3.0L EcoBoost engine and the Class II Trailer package.


Bronco Performance Specification Comparison

Specifications 2.3L EcoBoost 2.7L EcoBoost 3.0L EcoBoost
Transmission 7-speed manual or 10-speed automatic 10-speed automatic 10-speed automatic
Horsepower 275 315 406
Torque (lb-ft) 315 410 440


Bronco Sport Performance Specification Comparison

Specifications 1.5L EcoBoost
(with Auto Start-Stop Tech)
2.0L EcoBoost
(with Auto Start-Stop Tech)
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Horsepower 181 250
Torque (lb-ft) 190 277


Front-on underside view of Bronco Sport with mountains in background



Of course, pricing plays a major role in everyone’s decision in the next vehicle they’re looking at. On the Bronco side of things, there are 8 models available, starting with the base at $43,199 all the way to the Raptor at $99,995. On the Bronce Sport side of things, there are only four models available, stretching from the base at $35,999 to the top-level Badlands at $46,149. If you’re operating under a specific budget, the Bronco Sport will be the better option for you, with its more economical price tag. On the other hand, if you can afford the Bronco, you’ll be rewarded with a plethora of utility, features and so much more that make the price tag well worth it.

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We hope this breakdown between the 2023 Bronco and The 2023 Bronco Sport helped better outline the differences between these two vehicles, so if you’ve been wondering which one is best for you, you can now make a more informed decision. Of course, if you’re still on the fence as to which one is best, or just need some more information on both models, that’s where our Summit Ford team comes in to help you out. Get in touch with us, today, we can’t wait to help you pick out the Bronco or Bronco Sport you’ve always desired.