Watch a series of tests that determine if the new Ford Bronco is really built “Ford-Tough”
While Ford claims the new Bronco is tough, YouTube channel The Fast Lane Truck puts that claim to the test by entering a new Ford Bronco in a series of tug-of-war competitions between a range of different truck-type competitors. very different vehicles.
Watch the YouTube clip to see if the Bronco really is as tough and capable as Ford claims so.
Tug of war between the 2022 Ford Bronco and some AWD rivals
They choose to test the Bronco on land against its series of competitors in a remote country setting.
The first competitor against the Bronco is a John Deere tractor that has between 23 and 24 horsepower and weighs only 1,400 pounds – on paper this competition strongly favors the Bronco but nonetheless, they put the two against each other .
Ford’s latest Bronco draws power from a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder or a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at around 300 and 330 hp respectively, with all-wheel drive and an optional seven-speed manual transmission for the smaller engine or a standard 10-speed automatic on both.
Ford’s Bronco is set to Mud/Ruts and 4 Low mode and the Bronco immediately drags the John Deere about 15 feet and wins effortlessly.
Next up against the Bronco is a slightly larger vehicle, a Kawasaki Mule Ranch Edition 4×4 that weighs around 2,000 pounds – compared to the John Deere the Mule fights a little more but ultimately it’s also dragged by the Bronco which they match the obvious weight advantage of the Bronco.
To even the score, they bring in a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV with a 4.0L inline-six engine that has 212,000 miles on the clock.
The Jeep weighs around 4,000 pounds and, like the Bronco, is in 4 Low for competition: while the Jeep actually manages to move forward in the standoff, the Bronco eventually rips off part of the Grand Cherokee’s bumper, a result they expect.
Considering the damage done to the Jeep, they decide the Bronco wins this time as well.
The new Ford Bronco SUV meets its match
Finally, they bring a tougher competitor to the Bronco, a Ram 2500 HD diesel pickup.
The Ram turbo diesel weighs around 8,000 pounds and has more torque and is heavier than the Bronco – with an overhead view from a drone, the Ram pulls the Bronco just before the two begin a power struggle that translates by a slew of dust swirling around both vehicles before they exit and declare the Ram the winner of this battle; marking the first Bronco loss of the day.
With the Bronco beat they take out a contender for the Ram which is a Cat Skid Steer mini digger – as they both start neither manages to move much as they battle each other although the Ram manages to pull the flag in its direction just a little.
The competition ends when the Skid Steer is pulled a bit and begins to tip backwards, finally ending the tussle.
Overall, if the Bronco can fight back, they don’t go undefeated and the Ram wins the tug of war championship of the day.