We recently received our 2021 Ford Bronco WildTrak, and we couldn't be happier with it! We also had the opportunity to borrow a Bronco Big Bend from our homies over at Rigid Industries, so we decided to do a comparison of the two stock trim levels.
The WildTrak comes standard with the Sasquatch package. This includes 35-inch Goodyear All-Terrain Tires on 17-inch beadlock capable wheels, front and rear-locking differentials, BILSTEIN position sensitive monotube shocks, a 4.7 final drive ratio, and high clearance fender flares. The fender flares on the WildTrak come out a bit wider than the Big Bend, but also terminate higher-up for extra vertical clearance. This is the first noticeable difference between the two trims, as the WildTrak sits higher and wider in stature than the Big Bend.
The WildTrak is powered by the 2.7L EcoBoost Twin Turbo V6, while the Big Bend is powered by the 2.3L EcoBoost V4 engine. When we took em both for a spin, there is certainly a difference in the power and acceleration between the two different powertrains.
Jumping in these Broncos, we start to notice the various differences with the interior. Big Bend has fabric trimmed seats while the WildTrak has leather trimmed seats. Along the center ceiling the WildTrak has 6 available upfitter auxiliary switches, enabling you to hook up your LED lights and aftermarket goodies. In the same spot in the Big Bend, all you get is a nifty sunglasses storage slot. In the center of the dash are switches for front and rear-differential lock, trail turn-assist, and traction control. Once again, all you get in the Big Bend is turn-assist and traction control. You'll also notice the larger 8-inch center touchscreen in the WildTrak.
Both trims have the same available GOAT modes, which includes Normal, ECO, Sport, Slippery, and Sand. The WildTrak has one additional mode, Baja, which is fantastic. However, both trims are lacking the Rock Crawl mode which is something we'd love to have. This same control knob features the 2- and 4-wheel drive mode controls, as well as the Trail Control switch. Big Bend has 2H, 4H, 4L, as well as Trail Control. WildTrak has the addition of 4-Automatic and one-pedal driving. The guys over at Bronco 6G created a killer guide on GOAT modes that you can find HERE
All available trim levels of the Bronco have numerous 'Accessories Ready' spots for mounting lights, trail tables, jacks, and whatever else the aftermarket parts industry comes up with. We've counted at least 12 accessory ready mounting points, but we may find a couple more as we comb through the interior.
All in all, both trim levels have some impressive features. Both also seem readily capable for off-road driving. However, if you're looking to push your Bronco to it's maximum on the trail, the Wildtrak is the clear choice. We are getting closer to releasing our line of Bronco Parts & Accessories, so stop by regularly for updates!
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