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2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak Review: City-Friendly, or Not?

Auto123 reviews the 2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak edition.

My colleague Daniel Rufiange has already ably covered the ins and outs of driving the new Ford Bronco. In fact, I was sitting right next to him when he first drove the hard-nosed new SUV in the summer of 2021 in the Toronto area, and I formed a similar opinion of it. In a nutshell, the Jeep Wrangler's new avowed arch-rival takes the formula of the most recognizable 4x4s on Earth and adopts much of it, but with enough distinctive features that you won’t confuse the two when you see them on the street.

Speaking of street: While it's clear the Bronco is a vehicle capable of following the Wrangler down the more difficult paths, in my mind it’s important to determine whether it has what it takes to stand up to the ultimate test: the urban jungle!

Because let's face it, many owners of a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - the name given to the 4-door variant - will never take their 4x4 onto anything rougher than a pot-holed urban or suburban road. And the Ford Bronco - no matter how competent it is away from the pavement – is also likely to be called upon to play the city slicker role for many owners.

So it was that, for a few days in December, I got behind the wheel of this off-road-ready brute to see what day-to-day life might be like for someone using their Bronco almost exclusively in the city and on the highway. Does it make sense to buy such an extreme vehicle just to get out of the occasional snowbank? You probably already know the answer, but if you want to know more, read on.

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