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2022 Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch Long-Term Road Test: Intro


It was with arms wide open that we welcomed a 2022 Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch for a 40,000 mile test. To say we were excited to arrive is an understatement. After the Bronco beat the Jeep Wrangler in a comparison test, we were sure it would make a worthy addition to our long-term fleet. Really, the moment Ford decided to bring the Bronco back for 2021, we were filled with nostalgia and knew we’d want to get our greasy paws on that thing. It’s just a badass off-road beast that we can take to the Michigan sand dunes and one that will help us get through our long, cold, snowy winter.

In specifying our Bronco, we went with what we thought were some obvious choices. We chose the four-door model for its added utility. We also decided to go with the seven-speed manual because, well, we love shifting through those gears ourselves (save the manuals!). With that seven-speed manual comes a lower crawl gear for when you want to do some serious off-roading and need that ultra-short gearing to traverse the terrain. We also went with the Badlands trim, which is one step down from the Wildtrak near the top of the hierarchy; it adds Bilstein position-sensitive dampers and front anti-roll bar disconnect. That gave our Bronco a base price of $48,185, versus $39,475 for the absolute cheapest way to get a four-door with a manual transmission (Big Bend trim). Had we stuck with that base Badlands, we would have ended up with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, 33-inch tires and 17-inch gray-painted aluminum wheels. We decided to add the High Package for an additional $2790, which notably gave us heated front seats, a 12.0-inch touchscreen, a 360-degree view camera and a rear-view mirror. Additionally, we tacked on the Sasquatch package for $4090. The Sasquatch package added 35-inch tires, electronic locking front and rear differentials, and 17-inch beadlock high-gloss black aluminum wheels. To top it all off, we opted for a hard top in gray ($695), a tow package ($595), a modular front bumper with tow hooks ($575), a cargo area protector ($120 ) and all-weather floor mats ($160).

After completing the break-in procedure in the owner’s manual, which doesn’t specifically say to avoid aggressive or high-speed driving, heavy braking, and towing for the first 1,000 miles, we laid into it with our initial instrument test. The base engine, a 300-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four, powers our Bronco. It delivered a 60 mph time of 7.4 seconds—the Bronco Raptor did it almost two seconds faster at 5.6. It’s also nearly a second slower than another Bronco four-cylinder automatic, which benefits from a brake-torque introduction. It certainly wasn’t for lack of effort, though, as introductions to our manual-trans Bronco began with a redline clutch dump. Our long-termer pulled 0.70 g on the skidpad and came to a stop from 70 mph in 204 feet. This Bronco weighed in at 5073 pounds, making it one of the lighter four-door examples we tested (the Raptor, at 5764 pounds, was the heaviest).

So far, the biggest downside to our Bronco is both the wind and interior noise when driving on the highway. With our High package and hardtop option, we got the Marine-grade vinyl seats, and with those seats and our Badlands trim level, a sound-deadening headliner wasn’t automatically included. We could have added it for free, but we didn’t, and now we wish we had.

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That aside, we look forward to having all kinds of fun with this Bronco over its 40,000 miles with us. Be sure to check back to see where we’re going and what we’re doing with this amazing off-road machine.

Months in Navy: 3 months Current mileage: 6699 miles
Average fuel consumption: 16 mpg
Fuel tank size: 16.9 gal Observed Fuel Range: 270 miles
Service: $0 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0
Damage and destruction: $0



2022 Ford Bronco 4-Door Badlands
Vehicle Type: Front Engine, Rear/4 Wheel Drive, 5 Passenger, 4 Door Wagon

Base/As Tested: $48,185/$57,210
Options: Sasquatch package (17-inch mud-terrain tires and bead-lock capable wheels, 4.7 rear axle ratio, front and rear locking differentials), $4090; High Package (12-inch touchscreen, preheated seats, dual-zone climate control, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking), $2790; hardcover, $695; towing package, $595; heavy duty front bumper, $575; all-weather floor mats, $160; cargo mat, $120

Turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 138 inches32264 cm3
Power: 300 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 325 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm

7-speed manual transmission

Suspension, F/R: control arms/live axle
Brakes, F/R: 12.2-in ventilated disc/12.1-in ventilated disc
Tires: Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT
LT315/70R-17 113/110S M+S

Wheelbase: 116.1 inches
Length: 190.5 inches
Width: 76.3 inches
Height: 73.9 inches
Passenger volume: 106 feet3
Cargo volume: 36 feet3
Curb weight: 5073 lb

60 mph: 7.4 sec
1/4-mile: 15.9 sec @ 84 mph
100 mph: 28.4 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.2 sec. away.
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 8.9 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 37.7 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 17.9 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 100 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 204 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot Skid road: 0.70 g

Observed: 16 mpg
75 mph highway driving: 19 mpg
75 mph highway range: 390 miles
Unscheduled oil additions: 0 qt

Combined/City/Highway: 17/16/17 mpg

3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper
5 year/60,000 mile power source
5 year/unlimited mile corrosion protection
3 year/36,000 mile roadside assistance


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