As a car-savvy mom who prides herself on navigating the bustling world of automobiles, I found myself facing a thrilling challenge that would add another layer to my automotive prowess: mastering the art of driving a manual transmission.
When Opportunity Knocks – Clutch It!
The opportunity came knocking when I attended the Ford Save the Manuals event, a celebration of the fading tradition of manual driving. Little did I know that this event would not only enhance my manual driving skills but also introduce me to a vehicle that would captivate my heart and imagination – the 2022 Ford Bronco with the Sasquatch Package.
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Imagine my excitement when Ford extended an invitation for me to put my newfound skills to the test. They offered me the chance to spend a weekend with the very Bronco that served as my classroom during the event. For a weekend, I delved into the world of manual driving, with the rugged beauty of the 2022 Ford Bronco as my trusted companion.
This particular Bronco, adorned with the coveted Sasquatch Package, exudes an aura of adventure and capability. With a base MSRP of $31,595, the Sasquatch package introduces an array of off-road enhancements for an additional $6,590. The 2022 Ford Bronco, boasting a striking Hot Pepper Red Metallic exterior (+$295) and cloth gray/black seats, stands as a 2-door 4-passenger 4×4 SUV that demands attention wherever it roams. While unconventional for our family of four, toddler in tow, the Bronco’s appeal was magnetic. Its massive 35-inch tires, striking 17” Black ALM Beadlock Alloy ring, and vibrant Hot Pepper Red Metallic exterior sparked conversations wherever we roamed.
Adding to the allure, the gray molded hard top boasted removable front panels. This unveiled a sun-soaked driving experience. Weather on our side, we embraced the open road and the invigorating touch of natural vitamin D.
My quest to master manual transmission led to unexpected horizons. From surprising my daughter at camp to cruising the Meadowbrook Parkway, each gear shift brought a sense of achievement. Beyond city limits, the Bronco’s prowess guided us to Lanoka Harbor, NJ, a testament to its versatility. Join me as I delve deeper into my experience with the 2022 Ford Bronco, exploring its features, capabilities, and the lasting impression it left on our family’s automotive journey. Whether you seek weekend family fun or yearn for the thrill of off-road escapades, the Bronco’s allure is undeniable. Keep reading to uncover the stories and moments that unfolded during our unforgettable time with this remarkable vehicle.
Unleashing the Sasquatch: Dominating Off-Road Terrain
The 2022 Bronco Sasquatch Package is perfect for off-road enthusiasts. It includes 35″ Goodyear mud terrain tires, locking front and rear differentials, Bilstein shocks, wider fender flares, and high-clearance suspension. It’s available across all Bronco trims (not just the premium models), and the Terrain Management System with G.O.A.T. modes assures sand-ready capabilities.
Bold Design, Irresistible Appeal
What struck me immediately about the 2022 Bronco with the Sasquatch Package was its bold and captivating design. As a petite lady with a penchant for larger vehicles, the Bronco’s commanding presence was a sight to behold. The alluring Hot Pepper Red Tinted Clear Coat exterior paint turned heads wherever I went, making a lasting impression with its eye-catching vibrancy.
During late-night drives down the Meadowbrook Parkway, the automatic high beams proved invaluable, further enhancing my practice of manual driving. However, what truly stood out was the seamless removal of the hard top roof, effortlessly inviting sunny days, fresh air, and a healthy dose of vitamin D.
The rear-view camera’s clarity made parking a breeze, a crucial feature as a new manual driver. Unlike a similar vehicle in its class, the Bronco exhibited remarkable maneuverability and a forgiving manual transmission that both surprised and delighted me. With each shift, I gained confidence, smoothly transitioning from 1st to 6th gear.
Comfort Beyond Expectations
The base model of the 2022 Bronco with the Sasquatch Package exceeded my comfort expectations. While I wasn’t anticipating much, the reality was pleasantly surprising. The cloth bucket front seats were comfortable during long drives of 4 to 5 hours. The 6-way manual driver and front passenger seats offered personalized positioning, although transitioning from powered seating took some adjustment. The single-zone manual A/C system effectively countered sweltering summer days. Though a digital climate control option might cater to specific preferences. In the rear, passengers would undoubtedly benefit from additional vents, as the A/C required maximum setting to ensure noticeable cooling.
Surprisingly, the Bronco doesn’t compromise on legroom. Both front and rear areas boast generous space. And even with my toddler’s Britax One-4-Life rear-facing car seat installed, the front passenger was never cramped. The unique challenge of a two-door configuration revealed itself when maneuvering my dozing toddler in and out of her car seat. An endeavor that often required a two-person effort. Interestingly, the manual shifting of seats for rear access proved more manageable on the passenger side.
Simplified Innovation to Enhance Adventures
The Bronco’s interior technology seamlessly marries simplicity and functionality. An 8” digital screen takes center stage, offering straightforward access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connections, apps, and music selections (including AM/FM and Sirius XM). The Calm Screen feature thoughtfully minimizes distractions, enhancing the overall driving experience.
Charge Up with Ease
Charging conveniences abound, with one USB-A and one USB-C port in both the first and second rows. Ample spots for my family of four to power devices. Additionally, a 12V power outlet stands ready to accommodate any supplementary electronics, ensuring that connectivity and energy are never in short supply.
Cultivating Safety: Thoughtful Features That Matter
In the realm of safety, the 2022 Ford Bronco with Sasquatch Package shines with its thoughtful inclusions. Among them is the Belt Minder Chime feature—a subtle sentinel that underlines the importance of even the most basic safety measure. This unobtrusive yet invaluable addition employs visual and auditory cues, ensuring that seatbelts are never neglected and every voyage commences with a foundation of security.
Moreover, the LATCH Child Safety System is a testament to Bronco’s commitment to safeguarding young passengers. While it may require a bit of exploration to uncover, making the installation of my daughter’s rear-facing car seat a manageable endeavor. Every facet of this safety mechanism speaks to Ford’s dedication to providing a secure environment, reinforcing the brand’s unwavering commitment to ensuring your family’s well-being on the road.
The Heart of the Beast: Engine Options
Having explored the Bronco’s interior, technology, and safety features, it’s time to delve under the hood. Two dynamic engine choices propel this SUV. The standard turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine boasts an impressive 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Alternatively, the 2.7-liter V6 engine generates a commanding 330 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, delivering exhilarating performance across the board.
Mastering the Terrain: Four-Wheel Drive System
The Bronco’s prowess extends to its standard four-wheel drive system, paired with electronic locking front and rear differentials. This enables the Bronco to conquer challenging terrains with ease, ensuring unwavering traction and control. A highly developed independent front suspension further enhances the vehicle’s stability and responsiveness. It provides a comfortable ride across a spectrum of landscapes.
Balancing Power and Efficiency
While the Bronco’s power is undeniable, its larger size does influence fuel efficiency. The vehicle achieves approximately 17 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway, resulting in a combined rating of 18 mpg.
Now, let’s focus on its cargo capacity. With 22.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, you’ll have just enough room for your belongings. But when you need more space, simply fold down the seats to reveal a generous 52.3 cubic feet. And if you require even more room, the four-door model is the way to go. With 35.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a whopping 77.6 cubic feet when the seats are folded down, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re hauling gear for a weekend adventure or transporting larger items, the Bronco has got you covered.
The Bronco’s thoughtful design extends to its 50/50 split-fold rear seat, allowing you to configure the cargo area to suit your specific needs. However, it’s worth noting that utilizing this feature may require sacrificing rear passenger seating. Additionally, it’s important to consider that storing the hard top in the back significantly reduces available cargo space, highlighting the need for strategic planning when packing for your journeys.
Targeted Appeal: Who Should Consider the 2022 Ford Bronco with Sasquatch Package?
Embracing Off-Road Adventures
For those who love off-road adventures and crave the thrill of conquering untamed landscapes, the 2022 Ford Bronco with Sasquatch Package is a must-have. Whether you’re an avid off-roader looking to push the limits or simply someone like me who enjoys fun drives in rugged SUVs, the Bronco’s rugged capabilities promise an exhilarating and unforgettable journey.
But that’s not all – did you know that Bronco owners have access to the Bronco Off-Roadeo? This exhilarating outdoor playground is tailored for all skill levels. It provides rugged trail drives guided by off-road experts who reveal the full potential of your Bronco SUV. And the best part? Your Ford Bronco purchase comes with a complimentary visit to Off-Roadeo. This gives you the chance to unleash the legendary capabilities of your ride.
With locations in Texas, Moab, Nevada, and New Hampshire, Off-Roadeo offers the ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself in the Bronco lifestyle. And even though I am not a Bronco owner – yet, I still look forward to experiencing it firsthand and sharing my journey into the Bronco world with you.
Unbridled Fun and Freedom
For those who yearn for an immersive driving experience, the Bronco stands as a beacon of excitement. As a capable convertible off-roader featuring removable doors, it offers a unique form of liberation that few vehicles can match. This is more than just a ride; it’s an embodiment of the adventurous spirit, inviting you to break free from conventions and explore uncharted paths.
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The Appeal of Manual Transmission
Beyond its off-road prowess, the Bronco embraces practicality in the form of a manual transmission. It is a feature that speaks to both driving enthusiasts and budget-conscious individuals. Not only does a manual transmission add a layer of engaging driving dynamics, but it also contributes to reduced fuel consumption. This translates to a more efficient and cost-effective journey.
An Affordable Path to Excellence
The 2022 Ford Bronco with Sasquatch Package is a testament to accessible excellence. This SUV remains an approachable option for those seeking adventure without breaking the bank. With a starting MSRP of $31,595 for the base model and a total MSRP of $40,535 for the model I test-drove, the Bronco offers exceptional value for the performance and capabilities it delivers.
Tailored for Versatile Families
Consider the four-door Bronco if you have small children for more space and easier access to the back seats. It’s a practical choice for families in need of ample cargo room.