March 4, 2024


Ford will build 1,966 of the 2023 Bronco Sport in its Heritage version. The 1966 number refers to the year the Bronco was introduced. The Bronco Sport’s Retro trim level includes steel-look wheels, a retro paint job, and nostalgic interior touches.

at first glance

  • Think back to when the Bronco was introduced in 1966
  • Traditional model based on two trim levels of Bronco Sport
  • Two different drivetrain options, depending on trim chosen
  • Cool nostalgic colors and interiors

Introduced two years ago, the Ford Bronco Sport went on sale just before the arrival of the long-awaited revival of the full-size Bronco. Based on the Escape, the smaller Bronco Sport is a crossover sport utility that offers more yesteryear appeal with its boxy design and higher ground clearance than the very similar Escape line of trucks and off-road capability.

The Bronco Sport seats five, has generous cargo space, and comes in a variety of packages, with two different powertrain options…for now. Ford has promised more options for the small SUV — including electrification — but hasn’t announced when those options will be available.

Plaid cloth surrounded by faux leather marks Heritage Limited models in the interior of other Bronco Sport models
Plaid cloth surrounded by faux leather marks Heritage Limited models in the interior of other Bronco Sport models

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The Heritage trim of the Ford Bronco Sport comes in two trims: Heritage and Heritage Limited. The former is based on a second-tier Big Bend trim with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine (181 hp/135 kW). The Heritage Limited is based on the high-end Badlands model with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine (250 hp/186 kW).

The difference between the two versions also lies in some off-road capabilities. Big Bend/Heritage models come with standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Badlands/Heritage Limited, however, has an upgraded four-wheel-drive system with an off-road-focused rear differential, underbody skid plates and off-road speedometer via Trail Control.

We drove the 2023 Ford Bronco Sport Heritage Limited with better off-road gear and enjoyed its added power and better performance. It’s interesting how much versatility Ford seems to give this small SUV, even though the off-road driving setup includes things like rocks and mud. With just 8.8 inches (22.3 centimeters) of ground clearance and street-friendly suspension, the Bronco Sport isn’t a hardcore off-roader.that’s fine but not That OK

Blue trim, plaid cushions and red and blue stitching are part of the Heritage Edition interior
Blue trim, plaid cushions and red and blue stitching are part of the Heritage Edition interior

Aaron Turpen / New Atlas

What really stands out about the Bronco Sport’s Heritage model is the nostalgic styling. The alloy wheels look like old-fashioned steel, the front Bronco label features body contrast and highlights, and the available two-tone paint color is very similar to what was available in the 1960s. They include the yellows, light blues, and dark blues we drive. All three are contrasted with white.

Inside, the Heritage model gets gingham seats, navy blue gauges, and the same white trim as the Bronco Sport. Nostalgic colors are also used throughout the stitching, including bright red and baby blue.

These throwbacks may be the best take on the Bronco Sport yet.They remind us of an era batman with adam west and Star Trek The collaboration with William Shatner is brand new – even though we didn’t actually see the original in 1966. Fans will remember that year, not just for the introduction of the Bronco, but because it was the year the Porsche 911 and the mighty Dodge Charger were introduced.

Light blue and white is another retro paint option for Ford Bronco Sport Heritage models
Light blue and white is another retro paint option for Ford Bronco Sport Heritage models

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As we said in our original review of the new Ford Bronco Sport, it’s a smooth driver with good performance and a comfortable interior. Its boxier design and more off-road focus mean it’s not as fuel-efficient as the Escape it’s based on, but that’s rarely a concern people buy when buying something like this. The Bronco Sport is much more fun to handle and look like than its more efficiency-oriented siblings.

The 2023 Ford Bronco Sport Heritage model starts at $34,500 including destination. Production starts in autumn 2023 (Northern Hemisphere).

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