Since Ford unveiled the revived Bronco SUV arriving for the 2021 model year, all talk has been focused on the model. Seemingly forgotten amid the hullabaloo is its little brother—the Bronco Sport—which is also set to arrive in the coming year.
While the smaller Bronco Sport won’t have the same off-road capabilities as its sibling, it still appears to be a pretty decent crossover model. It shares a platform with the Ford Escape and offers more with its advanced all-wheel-drive system as well as other accessories perfect for outdoor adventures.
However, it looks like the good traits of the upcoming vehicle are not extending to its fuel economy. EPA has yet to publish the official numbers on its official website, but an unnamed source told online publication Autoblog that the Bronco Sport’s figures might be a bit disappointing.
Its base model, which will be equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that delivers 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque, returns an estimate of 25/28/26 mpg on city/highway/combined driving.
It’s not the worst from Ford, but it’s certainly not the best, too, especially for a highly anticipated nameplate. Meanwhile, the optional 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque gets a 21/26/23 mpg on city/highway/combined.
These numbers put the Bronco Sport on par with its segment rivals such as the Jeep Renegade AWD with 23/29 mpg and the Cherokee 4WD 2.0 with 21/29 mpg. But it’s no better than the Subaru Forester with 26/33 mpg.
It remains to be seen how the fuel economy numbers will affect the Bronco Sport sales, if at all. The model is expected to arrive at US dealerships soon with a starting price of $26,660.