3 reasons to choose the Ford Bronco Sport over the Toyota RAV4

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It can be difficult to choose between the Toyota RAV4 and the Ford Bronco Sport. Both options are great SUVs for daily driving and adventure. But we found three features of the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport that might make it a better choice.

2022 Ford Bronco Sport vs. 2022 Toyota RAV4

2022 Ford Bronco Sport | Ford

First, let’s start with pricing. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport starts at $28,815, while the top-line Badlands trim bumps the price up to around $36,590. The Badlands is the most all-terrain oriented model.

You can start with the 2022 Toyota RAV4 for around $26,975, and upgrading to the TRD Off-Road version brings the price to $39,915. The off-road versions are pretty close, but the Sport may be worth more. It has standard all-wheel drive across the range.

1. The Bronco Sport is better equipped for off-roading.

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With the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands, you get beefy off-road tires, an upgraded AWD system with dual-clutch torque-vectoring rear, and an upgraded off-road suspension. You get additional ride modes for Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl as well as Trail Control.

The Sport Badlands has tow hooks, skid plates, rear differential, forward-facing 18-degree camera system, upgraded shocks and rubberized flooring.

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road model features 18-inch wheels wrapped in off-road tires, a front skid plate, and off-road-tuned suspension. It has AWD lockout and hill descent control. Off-road modes include snow, mud, and sand.

While the RAV4 has 8.1 inches of ground clearance, the Bronco Sport sits 8.8 inches above the ground. It is better protected and equipped for off-road challenges.

2. The Bronco Sport has better technology

The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport features an 8.0-inch infotainment system with crisp, clear graphics. Plus, the 65-inch digital gauge cluster is easy to customize. The Bang & Olufsen radio system sounds great and the forward-facing camera makes it easy to navigate tight spaces.

While the 2022 Toyota RAV4 is well-equipped and modern, it’s a bit lacking. The 7.0-inch touchscreen feels a bit dated and sluggish. The JBL sound system doesn’t sound as immersive or clear.

But the RAV4 has an optional surround-view camera system that helps you avoid obstacles on tight trails. In addition, both SUVs come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

3. The Bronco Sport could be more athletic

A blue 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition drives off-road.
The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition | Toyota

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine developing 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. According Edmundsit can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 9.1 seconds, making it slower than the class average.

With the Bronco Sport, the base engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine developing 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. You can upgrade to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. It can hit 60 mph in around 7.2 seconds.

The RAV4 TRD Off-Raod and Bronco Sport both have an off-road nature, so they don’t have the smoothest rides. But the Bronco Sport has a slightly quieter interior, and the extra power comes in handy for passing others.

The RAV4 can tow more, has more space and has better towing capacity. But the Bronco Sport is better equipped for off-roading, has updated tech and sharper performance.

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