Wildtrak Bronco vs Raptor experience and pics

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Finally had the opportunity to drive a Wildtrak today and overall I would say it was a great experience. A few things that raised concern for me.

My daily driver is a 2017 Raptor so this Bronco will be for my fiancé. The Bronco seems like a great vehicle for our lifestyle and we will be moving to Colorado soon and it seems that the Bronco will get much more use on the tighter trails in CO. I took several photos of the size differences for comparison. For reference, the Raptor is on 37's and has about 2" of lift from springs front and rear and the tires. Threw in a bonus picture of my Foxbody for size reference. Both Raptor and Bronco dwarf it in size.
My initial impression driving the Bronco coming from a Raptor was how tight and nimble it felt. The power from the 2.7 should be plenty for most. Turbo lag was minimal. The Bilstein suspension felt slightly stiffer compared to the fox 3.0's on the Raptor. I did notice that in corners on pavement the Territory M/T's felt like they were getting chewed up pretty good. Not sure what the rubber compound is but they felt soft. Not that that Bronco is intended for this but I do enjoy spirited driving through the canyons and I fear that these tires will wear quicker than normal. We took the Bronco down a two-track that was mostly sand and dirt and it felt like an oversized RZR. The Bronco was very responsive at around 45mph in loose sand. Oversteer was corrected almost instantly in Baja mode. Not having panel shifters did make me appreciate them even more on the Raptor though. I noticed that the transmission in Baja mode would keep the RPMs higher than I prefer, somewhere around 5 to 6k so I would find myself manually shifting up a gear where the Raptor seems to shift a bit sooner. This may be because of the increased torque from the 3.5? just speculations there but take it for what it's worth. All in all this vehicle seems much more all-around useful for what I intend to do with it. I enjoy the higher speed offroading and will be doing moderate rock crawling that may require lockers but hopefully nothing that will destroy it. This independent front suspension is so much more comfortable for everyday use compared to say... a Wrangler. The five-link in the rear responds very well and I'm grateful Ford stayed away from leaf springs in the back.

We will be opting for the soft top as soon as the order banks for 22's open up due to the massive delays in MIC tops. We have a January Reservation so hopefully, that allows us to get one around spring of 22. The soft top was not as loud as I was expecting but I do have a couple of complaints about it. First, the rear C pillar on the demo vehicle had paint being ripped off from opening and closing the soft top. (I will post pictures) Second, when we had the top open in the first position that is only over the passenger area, There was a consistent rattling noise that would get annoying quickly. I may try to mitigate this with bungee and try to wrap the C pillars with some kind of protective adhesive to protect the paint. Long term I think we are going to wait until the aftermarket has a better solution to the hardtop and go that route. Happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the two vehicles.

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I am jealous, my wife loves her new Explorer . She will not trade it in on a Bronco so no Bronco for us. I love them though, and think Ford has a home run with them.
 
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I am jealous, my wife loves her new Explorer . She will not trade it in on a Bronco so no Bronco for us. I love them though, and think Ford has a home run with them.
The rollout has been slow and painful but I think Ford will sell a ton of these as they slowly catch up with demand. You will lose some space compared to the Explorer but it is very fun to drive. Take her for a test drive and maybe her opinion will sway a little bit.
 

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The rollout has been slow and painful but I think Ford will sell a ton of these as they slowly catch up with demand. You will lose some space compared to the Explorer but it is very fun to drive. Take her for a test drive and maybe her opinion will sway a little bit.


The new Explorer is nice as well, all the ones in my areas are sold when they come in. Dealers are supposed to keep a demo unit for test drives but none around us have done that.
 
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The new Explorer is nice as well, all the ones in my areas are sold when they come in. Dealers are supposed to keep a demo unit for test drives but none around us have done that.
Yeah, I was very suprised to see one at Beach Ford. I asked them about a test drive and they had me make a reservation that is basically impossible to find on there website. It’s hard to beat the practicality of an Explorer so I completely understand.
 
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