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Ford has brought back the legendary Bronco nameplate this year with two all-new vehicles. It’s important from the outset to distinguish between the Bronco and the Bronco Sport. The Bronco will be based on the Ranger pickup, with body-on-frame construction and a traditional dual-range four-wheel-drive system. The Bronco Sport is smaller, and built on a unibody chassis shared with the popular Ford Escape crossover SUV.

We recently spent a week driving the Bronco Sport in its mid-range Outer Banks trim. The most affordable Bronco Sport starts at $27,215 and the top “First Edition” trim starts at $38,160. This is a comparatively expensive SUV, starting almost $2,000 higher than the comparable Escape and $7,000 higher than the recently-announced Maverick compact four-door pickup. Both the Maverick and the Bronco Sport are based on the same chassis.

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