Don't underestimate the little brother.
The Bronco Sport 4-door SUV — often called a baby Bronco — has scored a coveted perfect crash test score from the independent, nonprofit
This is a pretty big deal.
The 2021 Mustang Mach-E earned a Top Pick, which is a strong rating.
But the Bronco Sport is perfect with a Top Pick+ rating.
When it comes to crash test evaluation, the Bronco Sport ranks among the best in the small SUV category along with the Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Volvo XC-40 and Volvo XC-40 Recharge. All of these are 4-door models.
"In our studies, safety is the second most important factor as shoppers consider vehicles to buy," with reliability being first, said
The Bronco Sport rated higher than the luxury Lexus UX and
Engineers researched impact on the driver side, passenger side, roof strength, head restraints. Vehicles in the Top Safety Pick+ category have headlights that meet top safety standards on all available models.
While a big crash test list was released in September, the
In the beginning, all buzz focused on the 2021
Meanwhile, the smaller
In the months since December, customers have reported getting unexpected attention from admiring strangers who ask to take pictures.
Dealers say the SUVs are selling well.
"You may initially find yourself apologizing to the curious who ignore social distancing rules to get a closer look. Yeah, sorry, this is the Bronco Sport, not the Bronco you thought it was," Esquire said
"Don’t apologize. The Sport is a bulldog of an SUV that is perfectly sized for adventure and parallel parking in a crowded city, and as confident and poised on the highway as it is on a dirt trail. What it lacks in the big Bronco’s presence and mystique it makes up for in real-world usefulness," wrote
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