Ford Bronco Towing Capacity
Sep 15, 2022
Any good SUV is expected to have a good towing capacity for commercial purposes or leisure. The new and improved Ford Bronco powered by a massive and efficient engine does not disappoint when looking at its towing capacity. The Ford Bronco towing capacity varies from one model to another.
Depending on the Ford Bronco you own, the towing capacity could be anywhere between 2000 lbs to a whopping 4500 lbs. If you are planning on purchasing a Ford Bronco, or already own a Ford Bronco and if towing capacity is an important spec, stick around as we go through the Ford Bronco towing capacity.
Least Towing Capacity
Often referred to as the ‘Baby Bronco’, the Ford Bronco Sport has the lowest towing capacity. The Base Sport, Big Bend Sport, and the Outer Banks Sport are all fitted with 1.5L engines. These engines only produce 181 hp and can only tow 2,000 lbs.
If you want a slightly better towing capacity with the Baby Bronco, then you have the option of going with a Badlands Sport. This is equipped with a 2.0L engine which can produce 250 hp. Even though we see a considerable increase in engine size and power, the Bronco Badlands Sport can only tow up to 2,200 lbs.
Though these towing numbers seem small, considering that the SUV is powered by a 1.5L EcoBoost engine, these are decent numbers. If towing isn’t your primary concern, and you are not planning on towing a fishing boat, these numbers should suffice. Keep in mind, that you can still comfortably tow at least a couple of jet skis or even a small RV. This is more than enough to accommodate your camping/Overlanding gear.
Maximum Towing Capacity
Other than the models mentioned above, all other models can tow close to 3,500 lbs. Most Broncos come with 2.3L or bigger engines. The 2.3L engine can generate 275 hp and can tow 3500 lbs.
Even though the 4-door Bronco Bad Lands is equipped with the same 2.3L engine, its towing capacity is slightly shy of 3,500 as it is only capable of pulling 3,340 lbs.
You might expect the bigger engines of the Bronco will be much better at towing. Unfortunately, an increase in engine size doesn’t provide a noteworthy increase in towing capacity. That doesn’t mean you can’t mod your engine to tow more weight.
In case you require your Bronco to be able to tow more weight than mentioned above, you’d have to get a Bronco Raptor. This machine can tow upwards of 4,500 lbs.
Braked Vs Unbraked Towing
The towing capacities differ depending on whether your trailer has brakes or not. Braked trailers come to a stop faster than trailers that purely depend on the Bronco’s brakes. This allows you to tow much more weight on a braked trailer compared to an unbraked trailer. If you are pulling an unbraked trailer, you need to have strong brakes on your Bronco.
All the above-mentioned values are for braked towing. Without trailer brakes, the Bronco can only tow a maximum of 1,500 lbs regardless of the model.
Does The Bronco Come With A Towing Package
The stock Ford Bronco Raptor comes with a towing package. This package is optional in any other Bronco. The Package offers,
- Class 2 trailer hitch receiver
- 4 and 7-pin wiring harness
- Trailer module
Additional towing features are also available on the Ford Bronco.
Depending on what you are planning to tow, you will need a trailer ball hitch. This comes in a variety of sizes. Choose the size according to your trailer.
Trailer hitch sizes vary according to the size of the vehicle and towing capacities. The Ford Bronco uses a class 2 trailer hitch.