If you’ve got your heart set on a sporty new midsize SUV, the 2021 Ford Bronco and Chevrolet Blazer have plenty of appeal. Which should you choose? That all depends on what you want from a daily driver, and our comparison guide can help.
Sporty Capabilities: 2021 Ford Bronco
For the ultimate off-road drive, you need the new Ford Bronco. Specially designed to hit the trails, this Ford SUV comes standard with rugged four-wheel drive and a 300-horsepower turbocharged engine. Shoppers can also opt for the available turbo V6, which boosts performance with 330 horses. For an especially wild adventure, the Bronco offers extras like all-terrain tires and Bilstein shock absorbers.
The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer is powerful and capable, even if it’s not as powerful and capable as the Bronco. Shoppers can choose from three engines, a 193-horsepower four-cylinder, a 230-horsepower turbo four-cylinder, and a 308-horsepower V8 engine. Instead of rugged four-wheel drive, the Blazer offers all-wheel drive for improved traction on slippery pavement or light trails.
Refined Ride: 2021 Chevrolet Blazer
When you’re cruising on paved roads, the Blazer delivers a smooth, pleasant ride. Even on winding roads, this Chevy SUV feels composed and controlled. We’re also huge fans of the Blazer’s sporty handling, and have found it remarkably agile in a turn.
Unlike many SUVs designed for off-road use, the Ford Bronco also offers plenty of on-road satisfaction. That’s thanks in part to its independent front suspension, which lends itself to an agreeable highway ride. It might not be as refined as the Blazer, but the Bronco is a very comfortable daily driver.
Cabin Comforts: 2021 Ford Bronco
Both the 2021 Bronco and Blazer deliver roomy, supportive seating. However, it’s the Bronco that treats you to a sporty interior design, including a broad horizontal dash. It’s also a convertible SUV; its removable hardtop and doors create the opportunity for extra sunshine.
Like the Bronco, the Blazer offers comfort-inducing upgrades like leather upholstery, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. However, compared to the Bronco, the Blazer’s rear seats are a bit too flat, cutting down on passenger comfort.
Tech Gear: 2021 Ford Bronco
Choose the Bronco for the latest smartphone integration innovation: wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford’s new Sync 4 infotainment system also offers a huge, 12-inch touch screen. The Bronco’s available navigation system will even guide you down local trails.
The Chevy Blazer comes standard with an easy-to-use infotainment system, with a crisp 8-inch touch-screen display and the wired versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Blazer also offers navigation, though not the kind that’s designed to help you navigate off-road trails.
The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer is a sporty daily driver, but it’s the 2021 Ford Bronco that gives you the rugged performance you crave. The Bronco also aims to please with its cutting-edge tech features and surprisingly plush creature comforts. So, choose Ford’s sporty new SUV to maximize everyday enjoyment!