In spite of everything these baggage exams, it is change into abundantly clear that boxy is healthier on the subject of cargo capability. There’s simply sure to be much less unused area and fewer awkward angles that usually pad a cargo space’s official cubic-foot quantity. On paper, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has 32.5 cubic-feet of cargo area behind its again seat, which obliterates all the opposite in-betweener-sized compact crossovers, together with the surprisingly spacious Kia Seltos. It is also just one cubic-foot lower than the Ford Escape’s cargo space. Or is it?
First, like many crossovers nowadays together with the Escape, the Bronco Sport cargo ground may be positioned at two heights: one which ensures most capability and one other that ensures a flat ground when the again seatback is lowered. As all the time, I did all following exams with the decrease place.
As in each baggage check I do, I exploit two midsize curler suitcases that may should be checked in on the airport (26 inches lengthy, 16 large, 11 deep), two roll-aboard suitcases that simply barely match within the overhead (24L x 15W x 10D), and one smaller roll-aboard that matches simply (23L x 15W x 10D). I additionally embody my spouse’s fancy in a single day bag simply to spruce issues up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).
All the baggage match with room to spare. I may even put the tallest two baggage upright with out impeding rear visibility or stopping the hatch from closing.
Let’s examine this with the Ford Escape, which is about eight inches longer on the skin. And once more, the specs say it has 33.5 cubic-feet of cargo area behind the again seat versus the Bronco Sport’s 32.5.
Uh, what the hell? These are the very same baggage in an area that is supposedly a cubic-foot greater. Positive, it is much less boxy, however nonetheless.
Then reply, my buddies, is that the Escape quantity is sort of definitely achieved by using its sliding again seat, a characteristic not accessible on the Bronco Sport.
See, with the seats slid ahead (as proven above), the quantity of leftover area appears similar to what’s remaining within the Bronco Sport. Nonetheless, look how little area is between the highest of the tallest baggage and the roof?
So, though the Escape is with out query the higher selection in the event you’re prioritizing passenger area (particularly you probably have a rear-facing baby seat), the Bronco Sport is Ford’s compact crossover cargo champion.
And this is what you possibly can handle with that additional area.
That will be a Graco Pack ‘N Play and a small triangular keep on that matches completely atop one of many curler baggage. This quantity is the same as the Nissan Rogue.
For the reason that Bronco Sport consists of this sturdy raised roof rails, I figured I would successfully check its cargo capability when utilizing a 16-cubic-foot cargo service. Particularly, the Yakima CBX, which I reviewed final yr. That sucker may maintain the three greatest baggage after which the smaller blue roll-aboard. I then loaded quite a lot of check autos with the identical “leftover” gadgets to display how a lot room is left over. You’ll be able to see these automobiles within the gallery under with the Bronco Sport thereafter.
OK, now that cargo capability is out of the way in which, let’s discuss among the Bronco Sport’s cargo-related options.
Being boxy has one other benefit: it makes it doable to have a individually opening rear window. Ford makes it straightforward to determine which facet to make use of to open the glass and door. This can be a useful characteristic must you need to shortly pop one thing into the cargo space (particularly if it is loaded to the gills and you do not need something to fall out), or longer gadgets like surfboards.
The liftgate additionally has two big seize handles that double as hanging factors for moist gadgets. Most trim ranges additionally include two shiny LED lights (turned on by that large button within the cargo space), that are supposed to function camp workstation lighting. I may see these being notably helpful in the event you added one thing like Yakima’s Exo hitch-based cargo system to develop the Bronco Sport’s functionality.
As you too can see within the above proper image, there are little hooks on each side of the cargo space for securing no matter you need. It is a good concept, however the plastic appears a bit brittle and I query how lengthy they’d final.
Lastly, this is most capability on show together with the accessible sturdy, rubberized flooring that covers the seatbacks and cargo ground. And keep in mind, the Bronco Sport’s “safari roof” was partially added to make it doable to retailer two bikes inside once you get a selected accent. That appears like this.
Oh, and there is a bottle opener again there too. Need not fear about attending to the campsite and realizing you may have a case of pop tops and no opener. Phew.