Is the Ford Bronco Worth It To Buy?

July 7, 2022

Features and Specs of the Ford Bronco

Let's just get one thing straight before we dive into this piece. When it comes to iconic motor vehicles over the last 50 years, few even come close to competing with Ford Motor Company. Sure, General Motors has had some solid wins with diesel pickups like the LTZ, and Dodge has some notable mentions with their Power Wagon, but when it comes to having a ton of hype around all of their models, few have done what Ford has.

The brand always has a few tricks up its sleeve, and just a few years ago it went to the drawing board and revived a dear, long-lost friend. So, today we're gonna dive into the one and only Ford Bronco and have a quick little chat about what it brings to the table if you want one. Let's jump right in.

2022 Ford Bronco with Vossen HF6 wheels

Quick History of the Ford Bronco

We made some pretty bold claims just now, but the fact remains that when it comes to off-road capable vehicles that come straight from the factory, the Bronco has always been Ford's flagship model. Long before the F-150 Raptor was a twinkle in mama Ford's eye, the Bronco was out there slaying the trails and bouncing off the rocks with ease.

Originally launched in the 1960s, the Bronco existed to be a much more versatile vehicle in comparison to the other four-by-fours at the time, which included Jeep CJs and International Scouts to name a few. Over the years, the Bronco would undergo several transformations that turned it from a small, nimble four-wheel-drive vehicle into a full-sized SUV.

But as we always say, it wasn't all unicorns and rainbows on this one. By 1996, Ford had decided to nix this SUV. Now, you could blame this on the four-door truck market taking over, but let's be real, the OJ chase didn't help matters either. At least in the latter scenario, bad press is still press, and it's still kept us talking about the Bronco 25 years later.

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Is the Current-Gen Ford Bronco A Good SUV?

A lot can change in 25 years, so when Ford decided to bring the old Bronco back, they knew they had to come out swinging, just like Mike Tyson. And they did. The 2021 Ford Bronco was released on July 30th, 2020, and came with a whole host of new features from slick retro styling to a ton of trim packages to fit any budget or lifestyle. The new Bronco offered impressive new features and updates both inside and out too, as well as a huge, blue-chip pedigree of off-road capabilities.

This new Bronco caused a ton of hype in the market - it shook folks up everywhere, and those folks rushed to local Ford dealers to get in on the action by placing pre-orders and securing build slots. The fun, however, stops there. In no way are we placing blame on Ford itself, but the new Bronco fell short of consumer expectations, plagued by supply chain shortages on everything from microchips to weather seals.

Ford has been battling to get the new Broncos out the door and into the driveways of consumers worldwide, and this, paired with an otherwise struggling new vehicle supply, has led the new Bronco to be a highly desired, highly coveted, and highly overpriced new SUV. At least we still have the Bronco Sport.

2021 Ford Bronco with Alloy ION wheels

Performance and Design of the New Ford Bronco Raptor

Don't throw in the towel just yet if you still want a Bronco in your life. Despite all the production struggles and overpriced dealer markups, Ford has yet again found a way to somehow keep people coming back for more. This time, on September 21st, 2021, Ford played into the hearts of those of us who like a little more pep in our step by releasing a teaser video for the all-new Ford Bronco Raptor.

This new Bronco Raptor features a ton of new styling cues, a wider stance, bigger tires, and a more powerful engine. Word on the street is that Ford accidentally leaked the spec sheet for the Bronco Raptor, and it claims that it'll have a few different exterior options, like factory-available 37-inch tires and wide overfenders. Inside, the Bronco Raptor will offer leather seats, heated steering wheels, and other amenities to help you stay comfortable.

On top of that, rumor has it that the new Bronco Raptor will have a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood that'll make between 350 and 375 horsepower, putting it right in the same playing field as the Wrangler Rubicon 392. Of course, this is all speculative, but if it's true, we fully expect the Bronco Raptor to become a leading choice in the minds of American off-roaders once again.

1995 Ford Bronco with ARKON Lincoln wheels

What Wheel and Tire Sizes Fit on A Ford Bronco?

Let's say you have an OBS Bronco and you're looking for wheels and tires for it - what fits? A quick search of our gallery will net you a ton of results, but you'll most commonly find 15x10 wheels and 35x12.5 tires because that's what was cool in 1995. There are a few more prime examples of newer build styles by people who rock 20x12 wheels with 35-inch tires, and even up to 24x12 wheels with 35s.

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Should You Buy A New Ford Bronco?

Love them or hate them, the fact remains that the Bronco has had a wild history of ups and downs, and it still keeps coming back swinging. The OBS Broncos were some of the most capable, best-running SUVs at the time, and they helped shape the history of modern-day trucks. Ultimately, they fill the sweet little spot in our hearts when it comes to trucks from our childhoods.

Best yet, the current-gen Bronco ushers in a whole new opportunity for Ford to reclaim its title as the top off-road SUV manufacturer on the market, and the Bronco Raptor gives us a reason to be even more excited about its rebirth. Time will tell how this one shakes out, but moving forward, the Bronco is worth it for any off-road enthusiast.

Shop Wheels, Tires, and Suspension For The Ford Bronco at Custom Offsets

If you have a Bronco at home that you're looking to upgrade, we have a huge selection of wheels and tires in stock that can fit it perfectly - better yet, when you package your Bronco's new wheels and tires together, we'll handle the mounting and balancing for free. Check out our inventory and grab your next set of Bronco wheels and tires today. Or, check out our gallery to see what fits and get the build inspiration you need.

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