2021 Ford Bronco Sport vs. 2021 Jeep Cherokee

May 20th, 2021 by

With the automotive market’s recent uptick in SUVs, Ford and Jeep have capitalized on this trend with a timely release of two beloved and time-honored models: the Ford Bronco and the Jeep Cherokee. Although both have similar features, a comparison of the two different SUV options can help you decide which option is more in line with your needs and lifestyle. Read on for a comparison detailing some basic features of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport and the 2021 Jeep Cherokee. Understanding their specifications will help you make an informed decision on your purchase. 

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Features

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Some thoughtful features of the Ford Bronco Sport include built-in navigation that will be your tour guide through the desert and woods so you can always find your way. Drive assist technologies such as adaptive cruise control help keep drivers and passengers safe when traveling long distance. This feature automatically adjusts your speed in relation to where the vehicles up front are by using advanced radar and camera technology. These standard capabilities can help tired drivers stay safe. The Bronco also has available options for heated seats, a moonroof, with all-wheel drive and all terrain wheels standard. 


2021 Jeep Cherokee Features

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The Jeep Cherokee has a smooth drive with easy handling. Like the Ford Bronco, it is outfitted with LED headlights, and technological features to make driving easier, safer, and more enjoyable. Technology to monitor the blind spot, and to watch for pedestrians, are features you will find relieving on the Jeep Cherokee. The Trailhawk trim has all-terrain wheels, a generous ground clearance, and can perform well in shallow waters. However, other models don’t come standard with these features, and are built more for luxury than function, whereas the Bronco is clearly and off-roading vehicle, in all trims. 



The interior of the Bronco is functional with a beautiful and durable surface throughout that can be easily cleaned. There are storage compartments and adjustable organizational components to help you keep your supplies easily accessible. Some options include a safari rack on the roof, a functional Cargo Management System, or a convenient charging station to keep you connected. 

The detailed design of the Jeep Cherokee is where style meets sophistication. A heated steering wheel can warm cold finger tips while the front seats can keep occupants cool with vented air. Options for interior upholstery range from all cloth, to a combination of cloth and vinyl, to luxurious Nappa leather. With a hidden compartment for floor storage, the Cherokee rivals the Bronco but lacks the added considerations of storage compartments throughout the interior of the vehicle, such as the storage pouches located on the rear of the front seats featured on the Ford Bronco Sport. 

Both the Ford Bronco and the Jeep Cherokee feature foldable rear seats for added space, storage, or for relaxing. 



The exterior or appearance of the Ford Bronco Sport is where it shines. The shape is boxy, but built to be bold, beautiful and ready to perform. The Ford Bronco Sport has most any feature you need to brave the outdoors. It has an eight-inch ground clearance plus water-fording capability making it a valuable ally in the wilderness. 

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee is a compact SUV with smooth lines and a sleek, updated look. The Jeep Cherokee has exterior features such as hands free lift gate. So if you need to load the rear cargo area, simply hover your foot under the hands-free power lift gate and the door pops open. There’s an audible alert to tell you your tires have reached the recommended pressure limit, and windshield de-icers to help melt the frosted glass. 


Basic Specs

The Ford Bronco Sport has a 16 gallon fuel tank, all-wheel drive, 181 horsepower with 190 pound-feet of torque, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is turbo-charged and intercooled with a double overhead cam (DOHC). It rides the same platform as the Ford Escape, with a powerful 1.5 liter 3-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive as a base standard for all models.

While the V6 engine gives the Cherokee the strength, it needs to scale hills and brave uncharted territory. It has a 2.4 liter engine, I-4 cylinder configuration, and and a 9 speed automatic transmission that can help drivers easily maneuver rough terrain.   

Overall, both fare well with fuel economy considering their size, power, and capabilities. While all-wheel drive is standard across all trims for the Ford Bronco Sport, the Cherokee comes standard with front wheel drive and can tow up from 2,000 pounds to 4,500 pounds, depending on model specifications. Dependent upon on your trim selection, both can be economical options with the Bronco Base starting at about $28,150 and the Cherokee Latitude at $27,580. 



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Jeep Cherokee a four out of five star rating. Standard advanced features included are forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assistant, and rearview camera. Other advanced features available for add-on include front and rear parking sensors, automatic parking assistant helpful for that ever challenging parallel parking, and adaptive cruise control to help drivers during long open stretches of road.

The Ford Bronco Sport has earned the distinction of a five-star rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its performance on rollover tests and front, rear, and side impact safety. 

Whether the stylish Ford Bronco Sport with is impressive off-road features, cargo area, and accessories fit your needs better or the sleek Jeep Cherokee with its wide array of options, additions and customizable features are something you prefer, doing your research before you head out to a dealership can help you make an informed decision and prevent you from making an expensive impulse purchase. 

Contact us at Oxmoor Ford with any questions about your Ford Bronco Sport, your maintenance needs, or if you are looking to sell, trade-in, or purchase a new vehicle. Our informed and kind staff will do their best to help you. What do you think of our comparison? Did we miss anything important? Let us know by leaving a message or stopping by. We’ll be happy to include your suggestions. 

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