The Land Rover Defender and the Ford Bronco are cut from the same cloth: two off-roading legends, resurrected to carve up more trails and take on more adventures throughout Solon, Cleveland, and Hudson, OH.

These off-roading renegades are sure to impress both hardcore enthusiasts and weekend warriors alike. That begs the question: Which SUV is best for you? That's what our team at Land Rover Solon will answer with this 2021 Land Rover Defender vs. Ford Bronco comparison.

Land Rover Defender


Ford Bronco

7 passengers

Maximum Seating Capacity

5 passengers


2-Door & 4-Door Styles


78.8 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Capacity

77.6 cubic feet

8,201 pounds

Towing Capacity

3,500 pounds

Defender vs Bronco: All-Terrain Performance

Both SUVs offer two engine options, but when you need tons of power to bowl over the toughest obstacles, the Land Rover Defender has it. Its available 3.0L i6 MHEV kicks out 395 horsepower. That overpowers the 2.7L EcoBoost®, available with the Bronco. It tops out at 310 horsepower.

Capability comes standard with these SUVs. They're both equally capable in off-road conditions, but you'll find the All Wheel Drive system of the Defender is also sure-footed on slick roads, while the traditional 4-wheel drive of the Bronco is only ideal for off-roading. You'll also get a variety of off-road performance features with both models. They include:

  • Selectable drive modes
  • Off-road cruise control
  • Off-road suspension
  • Front-view trail camera

The standard selectable drive modes are one of the most impressive features equipped with these SUVs. They help the vehicle adapt to the trail that lays ahead. The Terrain Response® 2 system of the Defender goes one step further than the Terrain Management System in the Bronco-it can automatically select the ideal drive mode.

Off-Road Geometry

These SUVs are designed for off-road adventures. They both have 11.5 inches of maximum ground clearance with their 4-door body styles. The Land Rover Defender has a superior departure angle of 40 degrees. That helps when climbing off tall obstacles. The Ford Bronco only has a departure angle of 37.2 degrees.

When a stream or standing water gets in your way, the Ford Bronco has a maximum wading depth of 33.5 inches. That's almost but not quite as impressive as the wading depth of the Land Rover Defender. It comes in at 35.4 inches. The Defender also offers Wade Sensing, a technology that alerts you when the water is too deep.

How do these SUVs match up on towing? The Ford Bronco can only manage to tow up to 3,500 pounds. If you want to tow with confidence, go with the Defender. It can haul up to 8,201 pounds, so you can bring your travel trailer along with ease.

Adventure-Ready Interiors: 2021 Defender vs Bronco

If you're bringing along a whole team of fellow explorers, you'll want the Land Rover Defender by your side. When equipped with the optional third row, it can accommodate up to seven passengers. The Ford Bronco only has a maximum seating capacity of five passengers.

Both vehicles will keep you comfortable when you're out and about, but you'll find the interior of the Defender has an extra luxurious touch. It offers the following amenities:

  • Windsor leather upholstery
  • 14-way front seats
  • Cooled front seats
  • Panoramic sunroof

You'll get an infotainment system with all the fixings in either SUV. You'll be able to sync up your smartphone with ease, but when your favorite tune comes on, you'll want to be in the Defender. It can be equipped with a 14-speaker Meridian Surround Sound System. The available B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen in the Bronco only comes with 10 speakers.

Should I Buy the Land Rover Defender or the Ford Bronco?

Both the 2021 Land Rover Defender and the Ford Bronco are prepared for an adventure, but if your journeys through Solon, Cleveland, or Hudson, Ohio, call for more power and superior off-roading geometry, the Defender is the SUV for you.

Step inside the victorious SUV with a test drive at Land Rover Solon today!




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