A Classic Compared

The 1966 Ford Bronco revolutionized the compact SUV segment

Article by Editorial Staff

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Boise Lifestyle

The original Bronco was nicknamed G.O.A.T. by Donald Frey, the Ford president who championed both Mustang and Bronco nameplates, and challenged engineering teams to deliver “go anywhere roadability.” An agile, sports-oriented off-road 4x4, Ford dubbed the original 1966 Bronco “a completely new line of sports-utility vehicles” at its reveal Aug. 11, 1965 – the first reference to “SUVs” from an American manufacturer.

“Bronco gave rise to the fun and versatile off-road SUV in 1966, becoming the first enjoyable sport utility vehicle for those who wanted to live, work and play outdoors,” said Jim Farley, Ford chief operating officer. “Like the original, the all-new Bronco family is engineered to take you to epic places, with capability to deliver confidence on any type of terrain.”

2022 Ford Bronco

In almost every conceivable way, the 2022 Ford Bronco outshines its predecessor. The suspension technology and four-wheel-drive systems are more advanced, the power is far greater, and the miles per gallon are stellar. Learn more at LithiaFordBoise.com


Powder-coated steel bumper with built-in recovery points and integrated fog lamps. Front-fender trail sights double as tie-downs for items like canoes.


 "Eruption Green Metallic" is now available, a tribute of sorts to the Mallard Green color from the 1970s. It's joined by "Hot Pepper Red Metallic." 


A folding table for the swing gate, a 19-quart portable fridge/freezer, slide-Out Tailgate Table, Warn off-road recovery kits, roof rack accessories and rooftop tents.


Factory 35-inch off-road tires available with beadlock-capable wheels to elevate off-road capabilities. The Raptor sits on enormous 37-inch tires.


Frameless doors for easy removal and for 4-door Bronco models, all four doors can be stored onboard. Cowl-mounted mirrors maintain visibility.


A 7-speed manual and (available) 10-speed automatic transmissions with standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine or 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.

What's New for 2022?

New Bronco Everglades model features a snorkel air intake, a Warn winch, and 17-inch rims on 35-inch tires. The Raptor version has a 400-plus-hp twin-turbo V-6, a beefier suspension, and available 37-inch tires.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Available with two or four doors, soft tops or hardtops, and removable body panels, the Bronco also has a rack built into the top of its dashboard for smartphones and GoPros mounting. Easy to remove frameless doors.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Ford's latest in-dash Sync 4 software powers the 8 or 12-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and subscription Wi-Fi. Options add built-in navigation and a more powerful B&O stereo.

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