11/22/22 UPDATE: This overview has been up to date with instrumented take a look at outcomes.
Facing a stretch of muddy water in regards to the size of a soccer discipline, we felt fearless behind the wheel of the 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades. Not solely as a result of it comes manufacturing unit outfitted with an air-intake snorkel and a heavy-duty Warn winch—as well as to the formidable Sasquatch off-road bundle—but additionally as a result of Ford introduced us in to take a look at the bounds of the new special-edition Bronco, and we took that as a problem to get it caught or sunk or each.
We have been unable to sink the Bronco Everglades throughout our drive on Drummond Island, positioned off the easternmost tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (perhaps if we had pushed it instantly into Lake Huron . . .). Our good-looking Eruption Green instance forded the aforementioned waterway with nary a snag or a leak, solely the innocent sound of water splashing beneath its washout vinyl flooring. To make the Everglades probably the most seaworthy Bronco, Ford raised the vent tubes for each axles, the transmission, and the switch case. Combined with the custom-designed snorkel, this enables the car to drive by means of up to 36.4 inches of water. That’s 2.9 inches greater than the Bronco Sasquatch (0.6-inch lower than the towering Bronco Raptor) and a couple of.8 inches greater than a Jeep Wrangler.
Although an island within the UP appears like a wierd place to launch a brand new Bronco named after the Everglades National Park in Florida, the realm has some benefits over the Southern wetlands. We did not have to fear about shedding a leg to a crocodile or being suffocated by a Burmese python, and we bought to benefit from the island’s strong path system and rugged terrain. In this Northwoods model of a water park, the Bronco Everglades wrestled with a variety of mud and ruts. Coincidentally, Mud and Ruts—certainly one of seven selectable G.O.A.T. drive modes—mechanically prompts the rear locker and places the four-wheel-drive system into 4Hi. Paired with 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory mud-terrain tires (aired down to about 35 psi for optimum traction right here), this setting helped the Bronco simply churn by means of rutted sludge.
Our pace on the muddiest, wettest trails stayed principally within the single digits. Perhaps that sort of sluggish and regular tempo influenced Ford’s resolution to match the Bronco Everglades completely with the 300-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder—the 330-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter four-pot will not be accessible right here. Likewise, we’re stunned that the 10-speed automated transmission can also be obligatory since Ford not too long ago made ’22 Sasquatch fashions with the two.3-liter engine available with the seven-speed manual in response to popular demand.
Weighing 579 kilos greater than the four-door 2.3-liter Outer Banks model we tested, our 5296-pound Everglades’ additional mass is a byproduct of its myriad add-ons, together with the hefty Warn winch mounted on its snout. The added weight contributed to acceleration instances which might be the slowest of any Bronco we’ve examined to date. It hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and completed the quarter-mile in 15.7 ticks and 85 mph. For comparability, the Outer Banks sped to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, and the four-door 330-hp Bronco Wildtrak managed 6.2 seconds. The Everglades additionally took 5.5 seconds to go from 50 to 70 mph, which is sort of a full second or greater than the opposite two fashions. It additionally required an extended 196 toes to cease from 70 mph, and we famous a mushy brake pedal that went to the ground throughout stops, too.
Not solely is the 2022 Bronco Everglades saddled with the smaller engine, however its EPA rankings are barely higher than extra highly effective variants. It’s estimated to earn 18 mpg metropolis and 17 mpg freeway, with a mixed ranking of 18 mpg. At least it lived up to expectations on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, matching its authorities freeway determine. Still, the 300-hp Outer Banks is way more environment friendly, with a mixed EPA ranking of 21 mpg. It additionally matched its EPA-rated 22 mpg freeway on our real-world route. Of course, the Outer Banks gained’t make it practically as far into the wilderness because the Everglades or different Sasquatch-equipped Broncos which might be penalized on the gasoline pump.
Regardless of its acceleration instances, the Everglades’ powertrain deployed its 325 pound-feet of torque properly, particularly once we have been clawing up and down a very rocky part with entrance and rear lockers and 4Lo engaged. We did take pleasure in a spotter to information us—good factor, on condition that the Everglades is lacking the front-mounted digicam accessible on different Broncos. Unfortunately, due to the situation of its winch, the Everglades would not get that helpful view.
The lack of front-facing digicam stinks, and we hope Ford can discover a approach to add one, however the usual winch is arguably extra vital. It may imply the distinction between getting unstuck and calling search and rescue while you’re off-roading alone. Granted, there are numerous aftermarket choices, and Ford Performance sells a Warn winch package for $3500. This factory-fitted unit has a 100-foot artificial line and might pull up to 10,000 kilos. We initially needed to get caught and check out the winch, however once we arrived on the gnarliest impediment of the day, we grew to become extra excited by conquering this hilly, muddy, rutted part. A well-chosen line and a variety of throttle bought us by means of on the primary try, however not with out dislodging a chunk of the rear overfender on the driving force’s facet. We did get to see the winch save different drivers who weren’t so fortunate.
When it isn’t scaling rock partitions, winching out of the mud, or swimming, the Bronco Everglades is an gratifying day by day driver like the remainder of its kin. Despite a body-on-frame building and a strong rear axle, the Everglades has a surprisingly civilized experience on pavement. Too unhealthy its bluff form causes appreciable wind noise at freeway speeds. It handles higher than a Wrangler, although, thanks to a extra subtle steering system and front-suspension setup. The Bronco we drove felt loads fast charging down backcountry roads, and its high-rise air consumption emitted a satisfying consumption sound with the passenger’s-side window down and the throttle uncorked. The snorkel’s different neat trick is the reversible plates that may be simply switched between the back and front, however ours at all times confronted backward.
The snorkel and winch are prominently displayed on the Everglades, however different particular parts outline its design. All fashions have 4 doorways and a tough prime, however look carefully to see squared wheel arches that do not seem on another Bronco. It additionally has 17-inch aluminum rims paying homage to metal wheels. We assume they appear cool however marvel why Ford would not supply a beadlock-capable model as on different Sasquatch fashions. At least the Everglades will not be confused with another Bronco—it is the one one with a definite topography graphic stamped on its entrance fenders, although we will not determine whether or not it is cheugy. The Everglades can also be the one mannequin accessible with the brand new Desert Sand paint colour.
Inside, there aren’t many particulars that distinguish the wetlands-themed Bronco from its brethren. Every Everglades has cozy seats coated in materials that is marine grade however nonetheless manages to look good. If solely let’s imagine the identical for no matter wraps the steering wheel (if that is actual leather-based, one thing was flawed with the cow). At least the crisply rendered show within the gauge cluster and the huge 12.0-inch touchscreen are nice distractions. The Sync 4 infotainment system is as intuitive as it’s enticing, with wi-fi Apple CarPlay working constantly and seamlessly throughout our drive. The Bronco’s bodily switchgear and helpful cubbies additional contribute to a useful cabin.
The 2022 Bronco Everglades begins at $54,595, slotting between the $52,820 Wildtrak four-door and the $70,095 Raptor. Deliveries started final summer season. However, there is a catch: Ford made the Everglades accessible solely to individuals with an present Bronco reservation for the 2022 mannequin yr. However, the corporate will supply the mannequin once more for 2023, making it extra extensively accessible. Those who can get their palms on one will likely be empowered to discover deeper water and drive by means of harder obstacles than house owners of different Broncos—the Everglades encourages fearless off-roading.
2022 Ford Bronco Everglades
Vehicle Type: front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Tested: $54,595/$56,835
Options: navigation, $695; slide-out tailgate, $600; towing functionality, $595; entrance row prime panels and door storage baggage, $350
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct gas injection
Displacement: 138 in3, 2264 cm3
Power: 300 hp @ 5700
Torque: 325 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm
Suspension, F/R: management arms/reside axle
Brakes, F/R: 12.2-in vented disc/12.1-in vented disc
Tires: Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT
LT315/70R-17 113/110S M+S
Wheelbase: 116.1 in
Length: 198.9 in
Width: 79.4 in
Height: 78.7 in
Passenger Volume: 104 ft3
Cargo Volume: 36 ft3
Curb Weight: 5296 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 7.1 sec
1/4-Mile: 15.7 sec @ 85 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 8.8 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.5 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 99 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 196 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.70 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 15 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 17 mpg
75-mph Highway Range: 350 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 18/18/17 mpg
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