5 Reasons Why You Want a 2-Door Model

Ford has made it out of the park with the all-new 2021 Bronco, a stunning retro 4×4 crossover that delivers every off-road capability its rugged looks promise. Despite the decision to buy the Bronco or not, buyers are forced to decide between a 2-door or a 4-door body style — herein lies the real dilemma.

Most buyers (more than 70 percent, according to Ford) have opted for the 4-door, which is roomier and more family-friendly. But, there are still very valid arguments for buying a 2-door Bronco—my personal favourite:

Ford Bronco 2 Doors More Proportionate

The original Ford Bronco, which debuted in 1966, was a 2-door compact truck of very simple style offered in three different body configurations — a 2-door wagon, a half-cab pickup, and an open-body roadster. The 2-door style continued through the second generation until the last fifth generation model was launched in 1996.

Ford, targeting the Jeep Wrangler (and observing the success of the Wrangler Unlimited), decided to offer the new sixth-generation Bronco in a two-door configuration. The 2-door model is well proportioned and visually correct in terms of historical accuracy. The doors are long, and they fill the gap between the wheels well—almost perfectly centered. The three protruding roof pillars are equally attractive and add strength to the look. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the odd 4-door model with the addition of a fourth roof pillar, 50 percent more side mirrors, and double the number of door handles. Worse, the door was shorter and the fat second door was forced into the wheel arch.

Bronco 2 Doors More Agile Off-Road

Off-road prowess requires more than a capable 4×4 system. The vehicle must be agile and have good approach, departure, and breakover angles — think of that as the maximum obstacle height the vehicle can traverse without hitting the chassis between its wheelbases. This usually requires a short wheelbase.

Ford Bronco 2 door has a wheelbase measuring 100.4 inches. That’s much shorter than the 4-door Bronco which has a wheelbase measuring 116.1 inches. With that band, the Bronco 2 doors offer an approach angle of 43.2 degrees, a departure angle of 37.2 degrees, and a breakover angle of 29 degrees. While the 4-door matches the approach angle of the 2-door, the 37.0-degree departure and 26.3-degree breakover angle are worse.

It’s important to mention that Ford offers a Sasquatch option on all Bronco models. It adds more aggressive 35-inch tires and High Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) which increases ground clearance and breakover angles, but doesn’t make the 4-door off-road more agile than the 2-door model. .

Manual gearbox is more suitable for 2 doors

Manual gearboxes became extinct, but Ford offered a row-your-own 7-speed gearbox at the Bronco. According to Ford, only about 15 percent of buyers overall opt for a manual gearbox, but that number rises to 25 percent of 2-door owners – signaling that these buyers may be more passionate about driving. Opting for a manual transmission means owners are also satisfied with Ford’s turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-4 engine, as the company isn’t pairing the manual with the more powerful turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.

Get behind the wheel of a 2-door Bronco with a 7-speed manual gearbox and it’s a pleasure to drive—both on and off the road. The shorter wheelbase makes the vehicle agile, and the larger side windows offer a wider view of the outside world. The 7-speed 2-door Bronco is the lightest variant in the model range, too, undermining the 4-door model by nearly 200 pounds. It only increases the intelligence of pleasure.

Bronco 2 Doors Less Money

The 2-door Ford Bronco has a base price of $30,800 — which is very reasonable when compared to its competitors. The 4-door model costs around $5,000 more, which is a 15 percent price premium before adding any trim or popular options.

That $5,000 will help those interested in the 2-door model move up to a more premium Bronco class, such as the Black Diamond (model pictured). Alternatively, the savings can be used to upgrade to 35-inch Mud-Terrain tires, which also add an Advanced 4×4 system — my personal recommendation.

More Exclusive 2 Door Bronco

Considering that 70 percent of the sixth-generation Broncos on the road will be 4-door models, owning the 2-door would be unique — much rarer than the regular family model. While no one can speculate on the future value, low-volume models have traditionally captured more money in the secondary market because they are more desirable to brand enthusiasts and purists alike, especially when they are equipped with rare components (e.g., 7-speed manuals) or options. unique. .

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