The first thing to consider is the winch capacity. You'll want to choose a winch with enough pulling power to handle the weight of your vehicle. The Ford Bronco Sport is a relatively lightweight vehicle, so a winch with a capacity of 8,000-10,000 pounds should be sufficient.
However, if you want a powerful winch that can recover even the heaviest trucks out there, you should go for a 12,000-pound heavy-duty winch.
There are two main types of winch motors: series-wound and permanent magnet. Series-wound motors are more powerful and durable, making them a better choice for heavy-duty off-road use.
Permanent magnet motors are less powerful but more energy-efficient, making them a good choice for occasional light use. Planetary gears are the most common but aren’t the most capable while worm gears are more capable, but are much slower.
You'll want to consider the type of winch line you want to use. Synthetic winch lines are lighter and easier to handle than steel cables, but they are also more expensive and harder to source.
A steel cable is more affordable but can be prone to kinking and requires regular maintenance to prevent rust and corrosion. It is also known to snap easier if the weight is even slightly above the safe limit.
You'll want to choose a winch with easy-to-use controls that allow you to operate the winch safely and effectively. Some winches come with wired remote control, while others have wireless remote controls which will enable you to stay a safe distance when recovering yourself or one of your friends.
Finally, you'll want to consider the installation process. Make sure you have the necessary tools and equipment to install the winch properly or consider having it installed by a professional to ensure it is done correctly and safely. Also, always use the recommended mounting point/mounting plate that comes with the winch itself.