We're looking at Ford's compact crossover cousins and how the new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands compares to the top-end 2021 Ford Escape Titanium AWD on this episode of TestDrive Showdown.
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We want to thank Yergeau Ford here in Acton Vale, Québec for letting us feature their 2021 Ford Escape Titanium AWD in this episode of TestDrive Showdown. They have a wide selection of new and Certified Pre-Owned Ford vehicles, as well as a great service and parts department. In fact, this is where I bring my own 2006 Ford Focus ZXW for service. For more information about Yergeau Ford visit their website here: https://www.yergeauford.ca/eng/
Ford announced the new Bronco family of crossovers and SUVs last year, but the first to arrive on the market is this crossover Bronco Sport. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands is the top-end off-road-ready trim for the Bronco Sport and sits on the same Ford C2 compact crossover platform as the Escape, so naturally, we wanted to see how these two vehicles compare to one another. The 2021 Ford Escape Titanium AWD we have is also the fully-loaded trim for this compact crossover, including the extra packages available to add all the features to it. Both are similarly priced and similarly equipped.
On our Showdown, we discuss the basic mechanical differences between these two vehicles, and how they affect your experiences on and off the road. We also go over the differences with the engines and transmissions, both use the same 2.0L EcoBoost inline 4 cylinder engine, but the Bronco is rated at 277 lb-ft of torque, and the Escape at 280 lb-ft of torque. Both use an 8-speed automatic transmission with AWD. We discuss and show the differences in both interior and exterior vehicle dimensions including the length, width, height, and wheelbase, along with interior specs such as front and rear headroom, front and rear legroom, and cargo capacity.
We then take the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands on a real-world road test to talk about the individual styling of this crossover, the interior design and layout, the feature differences between it and the Escape, and our overall impressions of this crossover. We go over some of the reasons why buyers might want to pay the $1,900 CAD premium over the Escape for the Bronco Sport including the 100+ factory approved accessories available for outdoors enthusiasts. We also discuss the useable interior space on the Bronco despite being smaller on paper.
We jump into the 2021 Ford Escape Titanium AWD and take it on the same route during our dive to talk about it's styling and design, along with some of the feature differences on this compact consumer crossover. We talk about the functionality of the interior of the Escape along with some of the reasons we'd consider this crossover over the Bronco Sport, and what makes it stand out for buyers looking in this segment. We wrap up our Showdown with our final thoughts on both vehicles, which one we'd take and why, and what we hope to see for the future of the Bronco family.
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