2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner Comparison

The reviews are in, and the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco comes with more praiseworthy performance and features when compared to the 2021 Toyota 4Runner. Both of these vehicles are designed with off-roading capabilities, but as you'll see in this review breakdown, the Ford Bronco has more power, more incline ability, and more attention to the details you'll need on the trail.

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2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner Performance

2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner Performance

The Ford Bronco is built from the ground up for off-roading. Those wishing for a more practical commuter can opt for the Ford Bronco Sport, so there is more variety in the Ford lineup. The Bronco has two engine options compared to the 4Runner's one. The Ford model also has far superior torque and crawl ratio, as well as bigger tire options for maximum clearance. The 2021 Ford Bronco includes two transmission options, manual and automatic, that beat the 4Runner's 5-speed, as well seven “Driving Modes” for different kinds of terrain versus the 4Runner's four. Both models offer typical off-roading features like locking rear differentials and skid plates, but on the trails you'll find the Ford consistently performs better.

2021 Ford Bronco

  • 2 engine options
    • 2.3L turbo-four
    • 2.7 twin-turbo V6
  • Up to 310 horsepower
  • Up to 400 lb-ft of torque
  • 7-speed manual transmission
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard 4x4
  • 7 G.O.A.T drive modes
  • Up to 35” tires
  • Heavy duty skid plates
  • High performance stability suspension
  • Tow up to 3,500 lbs
  • Crawl ratio up to 94.7:1

2021 Toyota 4Runner

  • 4.0L V6 engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission
  • 270 horsepower
  • 278 lb-ft of torque
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • “Part-time” four-wheel drive available
  • 4 drive modes
  • All-wheel drive available
  • Up to 20” tires
  • Tows up to 5,000 lbs
  • Crawl ratio up to 34:1
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2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner Seating/Storage/Cargo

On paper, the standard 4Runner can carry five passengers, but in practice, the rear seat is too tight to comfortably fit more than two adult passengers. The 4Runner does offer a third row for “up to 7,” though this third row is really only big enough for children. The Bronco can comfortably carry up to five adult passengers. The deck height on the 4Runner makes loading cargo difficult, and it lacks the smart off-roading storage offered by the Bronco, such as net grids and zippered compartments.

2021 Ford Bronco

  • Seats 4-5
  • Dashboard rail for mobile devices, cameras
  • Equipment hook grid
  • Zippered pockets
  • 2-door up to 58.4 cubic feet of cargo space
  • 4-door up to 77.6 cubic feet of cargo space

2021 Toyota 4Runner

  • Seats 5-7
  • Two or three rows
  • Cubbies in front row
  • 9 cubic feet of space on third row models
  • Up to 47.2 cubic feet behind second row
  • Up to 89.7 cubic feet with second row folded
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2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner Seating/Storage/Cargo
2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner Technology Features

2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner Technology Features

The Ford Bronco has a lot more standard technology than the Toyota 4Runner. Aside from the availability of a larger touchscreen, the Ford Bronco also has specialized trail GPS with built-in maps and cloud connection.

2021 Ford Bronco

  • Sync4 infotainment system
  • Standard 8” touchscreen
  • 12” touchscreen option
  • 12-volt outlets
  • 110-volt outlets
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Cloud connectivity
  • Available wireless charging
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Built-in navigation
  • Trail GPS
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium audio
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

2021 Toyota 4Runner

  • Entune infotainment system
  • Standard 8” touchscreens
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Available 115-volt outlet
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Available navigation
  • Available JBL premium audio
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2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner Safety Features

We are still awaiting IIHS crash test results for both of these models. However, there is cause for concern when it comes to the Toyota. Last year's 4Runner achieved a 4-star overall but an abysmal 3-star rollover rating and a 3-star front passenger rating. Additionally, you'll find far more standard advanced safety features on the Ford Bronco as part of their comprehensive Co-Pilot360 suite.

2021 Ford Bronco

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Parking sensors
  • Automatic high beams
  • Front and rear cameras

2021 Toyota 4Runner

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
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2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner Interior

2021 Ford Bronco vs Toyota 4Runner Interior

Toyota continues to struggle with its outdated interior full of plastic surfaces. It also fails to bring the practicality an off-roader needs, like the Ford Bronco does with its washable interior and vinyl seat option. The Ford model brings back classic Bronco styling from the 1960s with the modern, refined touches of luxury all while emphasizing durability.

2021 Ford Bronco

  • Cloth, vinyl, or leather seats
  • Washable floors with drains
  • Dashboard rail (for mounting cameras, GPS, and other gear)
  • Charging ports conveniently below dashboard rail

2021 Toyota 4Runner

  • Cloth, synthetic leather, or leather seats
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Eight-way adjustable driver's seat
  • Available 4-way passenger seat
  • Available heated and ventilated seats
  • Available moonroof
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Why Buy From Heritage Ford near Louisville, KY?

We love off-roading as much as you do! We've been following the development of the revival of the Ford Bronco from initial rumors to prototypes and now—finally—the upcoming release.

We know the 2021 Ford Bronco offers the best in the industry when it comes to performance, technology, safety, and interior quality. We can help you customize your Bronco to find the right tools and features for the way you drive, on and off the trails.

The Bronco is available today for pre-order with delivery expected as early as Spring 2021. Stop by our showroom today to learn more about this exciting new SUV and reserve your model before pre-orders are sold out.

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