2021 Ford Bronco Sport Tires
By: Discount Tire
Every new vehicle offering comes with its own set of fans, but never has the word “fan” (short for fanatic), been more appropriate than with those of us impatiently waiting for the can’t-get-here-soon-enough 2021 Ford Bronco.
While we’re all ecstatic about the Bronco, some of us are equally excited for the launch of the so-called Baby Bronco–the 2021 Bronco Sport.
2021 Ford Bronco Spot Specs
Built on the foundation of the Ford Escape, one can be forgiven for thinking that the Bronco Sport will be a crossover for the boulevard-bound. But Ford has assured fans (and its specs confirm) that the Bronco Sport will also command respect on the trail in its own right.
With a turbocharged 2.0 4-cylinder engine (3 cylinders if you opt for the base model), the Baby Bronco provides plenty of power for tearing up the turf. Meanwhile, its bite-sized frame may just prove ideal for some more challenging off-road maneuvers and narrow trails.
Plus, it comes with plenty of ground clearance for working the angles and triumphing over mud, sand and rocks. (As long as your tires are up for the hard work.) It’s worth noting that the Badlands model comes with more clearance and a few extra ponies of power, not to mention two extra modes in Ford’s G.O.A.T. terrain management system.
(Also known as the Go Over Any Type of Terrain system, for the uninitiated.)
Whichever model of the Bronco Sport you choose, we’re confident you’re in for one amazing ride.
Our Top Tire Picks for the Bronco Sport
But enough preamble. Let’s get to why we’re really here: Bronco Sport tires.
As a powerful crossover, there are many tire options that will work for the 2021 Baby Bronco, so it can be a challenge to guess what Ford has up their proverbial sleeve for its OE option.
But if you’ve read our other blog posts about tires (of course you have!), then you know what we’re about to say: the tires that you choose depend on how you’re going to use your Bronco Sport.
With that, we’re picking what we would go with for the Bronco-stamped wheels on the 2021 Sport either as an OE option or when the time comes to replace its rubber.
Michelin Premier LTX
Up first we have our highway/street pick: the Michelin Premier LTX.
For drivers who crave the aggressive off-road heritage and sleek look of the Bronco Sport but know up front they’ll be spending most of their time cruising the streets, the Premier LTX, perhaps one of the all-time great highway tires, is an excellent all around option.
It boasts a luxurious ride and industry leading performance, no matter the weather.
Maybe it’s because we’re suckers for a classic design, but we think the Premier LTX’s five-rib tread pattern makes it even look a little sporty! However, the performance you get from the LTX isn’t just from the tread design (although it does help).
The Premier LTX is built with Michelin’s cutting-edge Evergrip technology and a high silica content in its tread compound. Thanks to these elements, the LTX holds onto the road no matter the weather.
And to make the Premier an even better all-season contender for the Bronco, it comes backed by a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty.
Long-lasting all-season performance for the Bronco crossover? Sounds like a good combo to us!
All-Terrain Tires for the Bronco Sport
While your first instinct might be to imagine a set of KO2s on your Bronco Sport and tear up the trails, that may not be Ford’s first choice.
Of course, the KO2 will set you up with rugged durability and fierce off-road performance. But because it’s a heavy-duty LT tire, it may also dampen some of the balanced performance of your new crossover, including the improved gas mileage and smoother on-road handling it was designed for.
These are the very reasons Falken has developed the Wildpeak Trail AT. However, since that is one of the rumored OE tires for the Bronco, we’ll steer clear of it and set our sights on some other great all-terrain tires that we think will make a nice fit for the 2021 Baby Bronco.
Yokohama Geolandar AT G015
Our first pick at an all-terrain tire to rig-up your new Bronco Sport is the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015.
Built to provide off-road performance that you can count on all year long, the AT G015 features Yokohama’s orange-oil infused Enduro Compound molded into a rugged all-terrain tread pattern.
It’s so reliable in all weather types that it has the 3PMSF symbol branded into its sidewall. If your Bronco Sport is rolling on Geolandar AT tires, then you won’t just be prepared for the trail, you’ll be ready for Mother Nature at her worst.
And since the Bronco Sport should be rolling on the P-metric fitment of the G015, it’ll come backed by a confidence-boosting 60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty.
Is it just us or does that mean your Sport will get all-terrain performance that endures the miles as well as it does off-road punishment? That’s a real win-win situation.
Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S
Another solid pick for the 2021 Bronco Sport: a set of Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S tires.
If you’re involved in the world of off-roading, then you’re familiar with Cooper tires. They cut their teeth on max traction off-road tires like the STT Pro and the STT Max. What does that mean for you if you ride on the AT3 4S? It means you get an all-terrain tire that boasts a design inspired by true off-road expertise.
No tire can do it all, but the Discoverer AT3 comes pretty close. Backed by Cooper’s years of off-road experience, the 4S is built with a relatively subdued all-terrain tread pattern that should bring out the best in your Bronco Sport on the street or off it.
Take a closer look though and you’ll see aggressive biting edges and rugged alternating shoulder scallops, not to mention Cooper’s Micro-Gauge zigzag sipes. Look even closer and you’ll see Snow Groove technology: a saw-tooth pattern in its tread blocks that packs snow and grips hard when other all-terrains might slip in winter driving conditions.
All of that adds up to give your Baby Bronco on and off-road performance in any weather condition.
Plus, the 4S is backed by a 65,000-mile warranty. (Yes, you read that right, 65,000 miles!) Possibly one of the longest all-terrain mileage warranties on the market today.
If you’re like most off-road addicts, then you may already be looking for a new set of wheels for the moment the Bronco Sport drops. We have a huge selection of aftermarket wheel options, so we can help you scratch that itch.
In the meantime, if you need to re-up the rubber on your current off-road rig or just take care of routine tire maintenance, feel free to schedule an appointment at your neighborhood store or walk-in today.