Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2022 Ford Bronco Sport VS 2022 Toyota 4Runner Near Phoenix, AZ

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2022 Ford Bronco Sport

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2022 Toyota 4Runner

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Bronco Sport have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota 4Runner doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking in the Bronco Sport as “Superior.” The 4Runner scores zero, and is rated by the IIHS as having no effective frontal crash prevention.

The Bronco Sport has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Bronco Sport. But it costs extra on the 4Runner.

The Bronco Sport has a standard blind spot warning system which uses sensors to alert the driver to objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. A system to reveal vehicles in the 4Runner’s blind spot costs extra.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the Bronco Sport has a standard rear cross-path warning system, which uses sensors in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. Rear cross-path warning costs extra on the 4Runner and isn't available on the not available.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Bronco Sport uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The 4Runner uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Bronco Sport and the 4Runner have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Bronco Sport is safer than the Toyota 4Runner:

Bronco Sport

4Runner

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

140

267

Neck Injury Risk

26%

47%

Neck Stress

178 lbs.

438 lbs.

Neck Compression

29 lbs.

54 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

123/237 lbs.

488/468 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

153

367

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

57%

Neck Stress

177 lbs.

271 lbs.

Neck Compression

54 lbs.

58 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

385/291 lbs.

453/353 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Bronco Sport is safer than the 4Runner:

Bronco Sport

4Runner

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

79

142

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.7/0 kN

3.9/2.4 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.52/.44

.95/.85

Tibia forces R/L

2.3/.1 kN

5/2.9 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Bronco Sport is safer than the Toyota 4Runner:

Bronco Sport

4Runner

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1.1 inches

Hip Force

205 lbs.

233 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

36 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

20 inches

HIC

255

507

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

512 lbs.

895 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Bronco Sport, with its four-star roll-over rating, is 7.2% less likely to roll over than the 4Runner, which received a three-star rating.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Bronco Sport its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2021, a rating granted to only 76 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 4Runner is not even a standard “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 2 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Bronco Sport’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The Bronco Sport has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Bronco Sport’s reliability 17 points higher than the 4Runner.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Car and Driver the Bronco Sport Badlands 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Toyota 4Runner:

Bronco Sport

4Runner

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.3 sec

22 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

125 MPH

105 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Bronco Sport gets better mileage than the 4Runner:

MPG

Bronco Sport

AWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

25 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

4Runner

RWD

4.0 DOHC V6

16 city/19 hwy

AWD

4.0 DOHC V6

16 city/19 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stop lights the Bronco Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. If the conditions warrant or the driver wishes, the system can be manually disabled at any time for the duration of a trip. The 4Runner doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Bronco Sport has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Bronco Sport stops much shorter than the 4Runner:

Bronco Sport

4Runner

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

201 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Bronco Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 4Runner’s standard 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Ford Bronco Sport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota 4Runner has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Bronco Sport Outer Banks handles at .79 G’s, while the 4Runner TRD Off-Road pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Bronco Sport Badlands executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the 4Runner TRD Off-Road (28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 29.5 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The Ford Bronco Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1050 pounds less than the Toyota 4Runner.

The Bronco Sport is 1 foot, 5.5 inches shorter than the 4Runner, making the Bronco Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Bronco Sport’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The 4Runner uses body-on-frame design instead.

The front grille of the Bronco Sport uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 4Runner doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Bronco Sport Badlands is quieter than the 4Runner TRD Off-Road:

Bronco Sport

4Runner

At idle

38 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Bronco Sport has 2.2 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 3.1 inches more rear headroom and 4 inches more rear legroom than the 4Runner.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Bronco Sport has a much larger cargo volume than the 4Runner with its rear seat up (32.5 vs. 9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Bronco Sport (except Base/Big Bend) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Bronco Sport’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 4Runner’s parking brake has to be released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Bronco Sport and the 4Runner have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Bronco Sport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The 4Runner prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Bronco Sport’s available exterior PIN entry system. The 4Runner doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Bronco Sport’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The 4Runner’s power mirror and cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Bronco Sport’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The 4Runner’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Bronco Sport Outer Banks’ standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Bronco Sport has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the 4Runner only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Bronco Sport’s headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the 4Runner’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The Bronco Sport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The 4Runner has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Limited/TRD Pro.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Bronco Sport offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The 4Runner doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Bronco Sport’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 4Runner’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

On extremely cold winter days, the Bronco Sport’s optional (except Base/Big Bend) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The 4Runner doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ford Bronco Sport (except Base) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The 4Runner doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Bronco Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Toyota 4Runner isn't recommended.

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