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2022 Ford Bronco Everglades Is Ready to Get Wet

11/22/22 UPDATE: This review has been updated with instrumented test results.

Facing a stretch of muddy water about the length of a football field, we felt fearless behind the wheel of the 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades. Not only because it’s factory-equipped with an air intake snorkel and a heavy-duty Warn winch—in addition to the formidable Sasquatch off-road package—but also because Ford brought us in to test the limits of the new special edition Bronco. , and we took it as a challenge to get it stuck or sunk or both.

We couldn’t sink the Bronco Everglades during our drive on Drummond Island, located off the easternmost tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (maybe if we drove it directly into Lake Huron . . .). Our attractive Eruption Green example covered the aforementioned waterway with a hitch or a leak, just the harmless sound of water splashing under the washout vinyl floor. To make the Everglades the most seaworthy Bronco, Ford raised the vent tubes for both axles, the transmission and the transfer case. Combined with the custom snorkel, this allows the vehicle to drive through up to 36.4 inches of water. That’s 2.9 inches more than the Bronco Sasquatch (0.6 inches less than the towering Bronco Raptor) and 2.8 inches more than a Jeep Wrangler.

Although an island in the UP sounds like an odd place to launch a new Bronco, named after Florida’s Everglades National Park, the area has some advantages over the Southern wetlands. We didn’t have to worry about losing a leg to a crocodile or being strangled by a Burmese python, and we enjoyed the island’s rugged trail system and rugged terrain. In this Northwoods version of a water park, the Bronco Everglades struggled with lots of mud and ruts. Coincidentally, Mud and Ruts—one of seven selectable GOAT drive modes—automatically activates the rear locker and puts the all-wheel-drive system into 4Hi. Combined with 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory mud all-terrain tires (rated to about 35 psi for optimal traction here), this setup helped the Bronco carve through sloping slush with ease.

Our speed on the muddiest, wettest trails mostly stayed in the single digits. Perhaps that type of slow-and-steady pace influenced Ford’s decision to fit the Bronco Everglades exclusively with the 300-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder—the 330-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter four-pot isn’t available here not. Likewise, we’re surprised that the 10-speed automatic is also mandatory, as Ford recently made ’22 Sasquatch models with the 2.3-liter engine available with the seven-speed manual in response to popular demand.

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Michael Simari|Car and Driver

Weighing in at 579 pounds more than the four-door 2.3-liter Outer Banks model we tested, our 5,296-pound Everglades’ extra mass is a byproduct of its host of add-ons, including the sturdy Warn winch mounted on its snout is mounted. The added weight contributed to acceleration times that are the slowest of any Bronco we’ve tested to date. It hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and completed the quarter mile in 15.7 ticks and 85 mph. By comparison, the Outer Banks sprinted to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, and the four-door 330-hp Bronco Wildtrak managed 6.2 seconds. The Everglades also took 5.5 seconds to go from 50 to 70 mph, which is almost a full second or more than the other two models. It also required a long 196 feet to stop from 70 mph, and we also noticed a soft brake pedal that went to the floor during stops.

Not only is the 2022 Bronco Everglades saddled with the smaller engine, but its EPA ratings are barely better than more powerful variants. It’s estimated to earn 18 mpg city and 17 mpg highway, with a combined rating of 18 mpg. At least it lived up to expectations on our 75 mph fuel economy route, matching its government highway figure. Still, the 300-hp Outer Banks is much more efficient, with a combined EPA rating of 21 mpg. It also matched its EPA-rated 22 mpg highway on our real-world route. Of course, the Outer Banks won’t make it nearly as far into the wilderness as the Everglades or other Sasquatch-equipped Broncos penalized at the gas pump.

Regardless of its acceleration times, the Everglades’ powertrain deployed its 325 pound-feet of torque well, especially as we clawed our way up and down a particularly rocky section with front and rear lockers and 4Lo engaged. We did have the benefit of a spotter to guide us—good thing, since the Everglades lacks the front-mounted camera available on other Broncos. Unfortunately, due to the location of his winch, the Everglades doesn’t get that useful view.

The lack of forward camera stinks, and we hope Ford can find a way to add one, but the standard winch is probably more important. It can mean the difference between breaking loose and calling search and rescue when you’re off-roading alone. Granted, there are countless aftermarket options, and Ford Performance sells a Warn winch kit for $3500. This factory-equipped unit has 100 feet of synthetic line and can pull up to 10,000 pounds. We originally wanted to hook up and try out the winch, but when we got to the gnarliest obstacle of the day, we were more interested in conquering this hilly, muddy, rocky section. A well-chosen line and plenty of acceleration got us through on the first attempt, but not without displacing a piece of the driver’s side rear fender. We did see the winch save other drivers who weren’t so lucky.

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Michael Simari|Car and Driver

When it’s not scaling rock faces, blowing out of the mud or swimming, the Bronco Everglades is an enjoyable daily driver like the rest of its family. Despite a body-on-frame construction and a solid rear axle, the Everglades has a surprisingly civilized ride on pavement. Too bad its bluff shape causes significant wind noise at highway speeds. It handles better than a Wrangler, though, thanks to a more sophisticated steering system and front suspension setup. The Bronco we drove felt very quick charging down the back roads, and its tall air intake emitted a satisfying intake noise with the passenger-side window down and the throttle uncorked. The snorkel’s other neat trick is the reversible plates that can easily be switched between front and back, but ours is always facing backwards.

The snorkel and winch are featured prominently on the Everglades, but other specific elements determine its design. All models have four doors and a hardtop, but look closely to see square wheel arches not found on any other Bronco. It also has 17-inch aluminum rims reminiscent of steel wheels. We think they look cool, but wonder why Ford doesn’t offer a beadlock-capable version like they do on other Sasquatch models. At least the Everglades won’t be confused with any other Bronco—it’s the only one with a distinct topography graphic stamped on its fenders, though we can’t decide if it’s boring. The Everglades is also the only model available with the new Desert Sand paint color.

Inside, there aren’t many details that distinguish the wetlands-themed Bronco from its brethren. Each Everglades features comfortable seats that are covered in marine-grade fabric, but still manage to look nice. If only we could say the same for whatever wraps the steering wheel (if it’s real leather, something was wrong with the cow). At least the sharp display in the gauge cluster and the massive 12.0-inch touchscreen are pleasant distractions. The Sync 4 infotainment system is as intuitive as it is attractive, with wireless Apple CarPlay working consistently and seamlessly during our drive. The Bronco’s physical switchgear and useful cubbies further contribute to a functional cabin.

The 2022 Bronco Everglades starts at $54,595, sandwiched between the $52,820 Wildtrak four-door and the $70,095 Raptor. Deliveries began last summer. There’s a catch, though: Ford has only made the Everglades available to people with an existing Bronco reservation for the 2022 model year. However, the company will offer the model again for 2023, making it more widely available. Those who can get their hands on one will be empowered to explore deeper water and drive through more difficult obstacles than owners of other Broncos—the Everglades encourages fearless off-road riding.

Specifications

Specifications

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

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $54,595/$56,835
Options: navigation, $695; sliding tailgate, $600; towing capacity, $595; front row top panels and door storage pockets, $350

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

TRANSMISSION
10-speed automatic

CHASSIS
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

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 116.1 inches
Length: 198.9 inches
Width: 79.4 inches
Height: 78.7 inches
Passenger volume: 104 feet3
Cargo volume: 36 feet3
Curb weight: 5296 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 7.1 sec
1/4-mile: 15.7 sec @ 85 mph

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 8.8 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.5 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 99 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 196 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot Skid road: 0.70 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 15 mpg
75 mph highway driving: 17 mpg
75 mph highway range: 350 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 18/18/17 mpg

C/D TEST EXPLAINED


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