Today, the 2021 Ford Bronco is a high-performing, ultra-versatile, off-road-ready SUV that Ford refers to as “America’s original sports-utility vehicle”. It is true that the Ford Bronco has a very long history. It first debuted on the mainstream auto market in the 1960s as a 4×4 vehicle, when other 4×4 models existed in the auto industry but were more specialized and less functional for everyday driving. Ford is a major automaker giant that designs and produces a wide range of vehicles. This auto brand is specifically renowned for the safety and reliability of the vehicles in its lineup. Keep reading to learn how the 2021 Ford Bronco measures up to Ford’s set standards of providing high levels of safety on the road.
Over the years, the Ford Bronco eventually became a full-size SUV, a pickup truck, a smaller SUV, and almost everything in between. The Bronco enjoyed decades as a top-seller on the mainstream auto market, but this SUV was discontinued in the mid-1990s due to its inability to keep up with its increasing competition among four-door SUVs of all sizes.
Despite its declining sales that led to its discontinuation in the 1990s, the Ford Bronco was a beloved vehicle when it was available for widespread consumer use for three decades. During its run on the mainstream auto market, the Bronco proved that it was a versatile, capable vehicle that was able to evolve to keep up with changing market trends and consumer demands among drivers in the auto industry.
Although its nameplate has been discontinued since 1996 when the last brand-new Ford Broncos exited dealership lots, the Ford Bronco has undergone a revival for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Ford Bronco is a blend of the most successful evolutions of the Ford Bronco from the 1960s through the 1990s. It combines a compact, open-air design with luxurious features and a wide variety of available customizations—customizability is one of the most missed features of the Ford Bronco among Bronco fans. It is a four-wheel-drive SUV that is available in both two- and four-door models along with an ultra-rugged Sport model.
2021 Ford Bronco Key Safety Features
The 2021 Ford Bronco is designed to be an off-road-ready vehicle, which means that it should have off-road-ready safety features—and it does.
Built-in safety features for the 2021 Ford Bronco include head restraints and a seat belt reminder system for drivers and front- and rear-seat passengers along with frontal and torso/pelvis airbags for drivers and front passengers and curtain airbags for drivers and front- and rear-seat passengers.
Other key advanced safety features that either come standard or are available optional add-ons for the 2021 Ford Bronco include Forward Collision Warning that uses front sensors to warn drivers of an impending crash or collision with another vehicle; Dynamic Brake Support that supplements drivers’ braking efforts to help prevent collisions; and Crash Imminent Braking that allows the Bronco to automatically brake for drivers in order to avoid a collision if drivers do not take action to brake on their own.
Modified Broncos are Still Safe
One of the most notable and eagerly-awaited characteristics of the all-new Ford Bronco is its customizability. The 2021 Bronco is extremely customizable. It is available with a wide range of accessories, add-on packages, and other modification options. Anything from giving your Bronco a new grille to removing its fenders is possible with the ultra-customizable Ford Bronco.
While the extreme customizability of the 2021 Ford Bronco is overwhelmingly viewed as an advantage of this all-new SUV, many drivers along with critics and experts in the auto industry alike have expressed concerns about how possible customizations like removing the doors and roof of the Bronco could affect this SUV’s safety.
Even if you’re driving your Bronco without a roof or doors—the fenders, quarter panels, doors, and roof of this SUV are all removable—the 2021 Ford Bronco is designed to remain just as safe as ever. However, making such drastic modifications to your 2021 Bronco is recommended by Ford for off-road use only.
The fact that the Bronco is so customizable while maintaining its safety levels regardless of any driver modifications that are made to it helps make this ultra-rugged and ultra-customizable off-roading vehicle more accessible for a wider range of drivers who might otherwise be intimidated by the idea of modifying their own vehicle and then driving it over a variety of rougher off-road terrains.
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