Standard off-road features aren’t the only things that make a car like the Ford Bronco so great. Adventure seekers also appreciate the extra immersion from the open air as they take the trails. This is why the Jeep Wrangler has had removable tops and doors for years.
Not to be outdone, the Ford Bronco can have a removable hard or soft roof. Which one should you buy for the best deal?
All about the new Ford Bronco
The full-sized Ford Bronco is available in two-door or four-door configurations. This two-door model is predicted to have a shorter wheelbase, making it easier to maneuver on trails. However, the four-door model is more suitable for families because of its more spacious interior.
Regardless of how many doors you want, both come standard with a 2.3-liter 300-hp turbo-four engine. It is paired with a seven-speed manual transmission and a part-time 4WD.
The full-time 4WD fee is additional. The base powertrain can be replaced with a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 engine producing 330 hp and a ten-speed automatic transmission.
30-inch tires wrap around 16-inch wheels, giving the Ford Bronco excellent traction. This is also aided by the GOAT drive mode system, which has options for both slippery and sandy terrain. Higher trims give you extra driving modes for rock crawling and muddy terrain.
True off-road enthusiasts might also find the Sasquatch pack valuable. The bundle features fat 35-inch tires, locking differentials at both ends, and Bilstein shocks. Some of the more expensive trims, such as the Bronco Wildtrak, come standard with this equipment.
Starting with the Black Diamond trim, you get a rubber floor mat with a drain plug. The Everglades models have a snorkel included, plus a standard hard-top. This trim and Raptor can only be had in a four-door configuration.
Which Ford Bronco has a standard removable top?
According to Forbes, every two-door Ford Bronco comes with a removable hard-top roof. A four-door model comes standard with a soft-top roof, which can be retracted as well as removable.
If you want to add a hard-top to your four-door Bronco, that’s an additional $695. It can be plastic or painted metal. The retractable soft-top is not available for the two-door Broncos.
The hard roof is divided into three panels for the vehicle cabin, rear row, and cabin section. This allows the rear driver to have open air travel while the cab remains closed or vice versa.
Both models are equipped with removable doors. Since the rearview camera is attached to the cover, you don’t have to worry about compromising safety and visibility with the door open. Ford also made the removal process as easy as possible, and all four panels fit neatly into the trunk of the Bronco.
However, each door is potentially too heavy for a single person to lift. Each door panel weighs 48 pounds, according to The Drive. The cabin’s plastic roof panels weigh 65 pounds, with the rear glass attached.
Getting a two-door Ford Bronco is the cheapest way to get a removable hard-top. It has an MSRP of $30,800. With a premium hard-top applied, the four-door Bronco Base costs $35,345.
Is the Ford Bronco a good car?
While the removable top is a great selling point, the Ford Bronco has recently run into issues. There have been several reports of engine failure on the low-mileage 2.7-liter V6 engine, which appears to have stemmed from a dropped valve. Ford was reportedly aware of the problem and has since committed to modifying the engine.
Due to production delays, metal hard-top roofs are also very difficult to achieve. Plastic hard-tops are more readily available, but some units are prone to water leakage.
Ford issued a recall as soon as the matter came to light. Other quality control issues regarding poor finishing and peeling headliners have also been reported. Ford will replace all the roofs on the Broncos that haven’t been built yet, so expect a delay if you order one.
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