Jones Auto Centers Compares 2022 Ford Bronco VS 2022 Lexus GX Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2022 Ford Bronco

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2022 Ford Bronco

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2022 Lexus GX

Safety Comparison

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The Bronco has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GX doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Bronco and the GX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 12 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Bronco’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The Bronco has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The GX doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Bronco has a standard 240-amp alternator. The GX’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

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The Bronco’s optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 29 more horsepower (330 vs. 301) and 86 lbs.-ft. more torque (415 vs. 329) than the GX’s 4.6 DOHC V8. The Bronco Raptor’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 117 more horsepower (418 vs. 301) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (440 vs. 329) than the GX’s 4.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Bronco is faster than the Lexus GX (automatics tested):

Bronco turbo 4 cyl.

Bronco turbo V6

GX

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.2 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.3 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.9 sec

19.5 sec

21.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.6 sec

3.4 sec

3.7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

4.4 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

91 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Bronco 4-Door gets better mileage than the GX:

MPG

Bronco 4-Door

AWD

Manual

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/21 hwy

Black Diamond 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

17 city/19 hwy

Sasquatch 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

17 city/18 hwy

Auto

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/21 hwy

2.7 turbo V6

19 city/20 hwy

Black Diamond 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/18 hwy

Sasquatch 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/17 hwy

GX

AWD

Auto

4.6 DOHC V8

15 city/19 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Bronco’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. If the conditions warrant or the driver wishes, the system can be manually disabled at any time for the duration of a trip. The GX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Bronco uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The GX requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Bronco has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GX doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Bronco Raptor’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GX:

Bronco Raptor

GX

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

12.3 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Bronco Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GX (37 x 12.5R17 vs. 265/60R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Bronco’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The GX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Bronco 4-Door’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the GX (116.1 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Bronco is 6 inches wider in the front and 6.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the GX.

The Bronco Outer Banks 4-Door handles at .75 G’s, while the GX pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Bronco 2-Door’s turning circle is 5.6 feet tighter than the GX’s (35.5 feet vs. 41.1 feet). The Bronco 4-Door Sasquatch’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the GX’s (39.9 feet vs. 41.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Bronco 4-Door has a greater minimum ground clearance than the GX (8.3 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Bronco to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Bronco Raptor’s minimum ground clearance is 5 inches higher than on the GX (13.1 vs. 8.1 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The Ford Bronco may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 850 pounds less than the Lexus GX.

The Bronco 2-Door is 1 foot, 6.4 inches shorter than the GX, making the Bronco easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Bronco uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Bronco Outer Banks 4-Door is quieter than the GX (41 vs. 43 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Bronco 4-Door has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GX with its rear seat up (38.3 vs. 11.6 cubic feet). The Bronco 4-Door has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GX with its rear seat folded (77.6 vs. 64.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Bronco easier. The Bronco’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31 inches, while the GX’s liftover is 33.8 inches.

The Bronco 4-Door’s optional sliding cargo floor makes loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The GX doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Bronco’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The GX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Bronco’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The GX’s parking brake has to be released manually.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Bronco’s available exterior PIN entry system. The GX doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Bronco’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The GX’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Bronco’s power mirror controls are mounted on the center console for easy access. The GX’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ford Bronco Outer Banks/Badlands/Wildtrak/Raptor offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The GX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Bronco was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2022. The GX has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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