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Ford Shines Spotlight on Bronco, Bronco Sport’s HOSS System

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Ford Bronco Sport climbing a steep grade
The Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport both feature HOSS Systems
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The 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport are pretty legit off-road, fair to say. Both are standard with 4×4 capability, offer tons of optional upgrades with factory-supported accessories, and feature standard G.O.A.T. Modes. The duo also has another acronym-based commonality: the HOSS System, which makes it every bit as legit on-road.

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HOSS System makes Bronco, Bronco Sport smoother on-road

HOSS stands for High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension, and it gives the all-new Bronco and Bronco Sport a snug and controlled feel whether you’re on-road or off. In talking about the benefits of the HOSS System, Bronco consumer marketing manager Mark Grueber found some paydirt to take a bit of a veiled dig at the Jeep Wrangler, which isn’t known for its smooth on-road ride. Because why not?

“We listened to what off-road enthusiasts wanted in terms of capability and control — and heard a lot about what could be improved in the current off-road SUV offerings — namely harsh ride, sloppy steering, and discomfort above crawling speeds,” said Grueber.

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The HOSS System varies depending on which vehicle you wind up with, but there are similarities between the Bronco and Bronco Sport. The Bronco two-door, Bronco four-door, and Bronco Sport all have an independent front suspension — the Bronco’s setup inspired by the F-150 Raptor with forged twin aluminum alloy A-arms and the Bronco Sport gets independent MacPherson struts. Both SUVs also offer taller coil springs and heavy-duty dampers.

Whether it’s the Bronco or the Bronco Sport, HOSS System tuning makes quite a difference.

“The spring rates and shock tuning were chosen to ensure a level of off-road performance worthy of the Bronco name,” said Nathan Musleh, Bronco Sport vehicle dynamics engineer. “While attacking a rutted trail or sand dune, you can feel the difference the HOSS tuning makes by reducing unwanted pitch and allowing the driver to focus on what’s ahead.”

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  • Ford Bronco HOSS System coil springs
  • Front angle of Ford Bronco going over rough terrain
  • Front wheel angle of Ford Bronco two-door in Cyber Orange

If you upgrade to the Bronco Badlands, add the Sasquatch Package to the Bronco, or opt for the Bronco Sport Badlands or long-sold-out First Edition, you’ll also get an upgraded HOSS System. The Bronco Badlands swap in position-sensitive Bilstein dampers that increase ground clearance and ride height as well as a semi-active hydraulic front stabilizer-bar disconnect system.

The HOSS System is just a piece of the puzzle making the new Bronco brand SUVs absolute must-tries. When you couple that with G.O.A.T. Modes, the powerful engines, and the clean aesthetics, you’ve got something that you might call winner winner chicken dinner.