Time for a new vehicle because you wish to forget the year 2020 altogether? With an amazing list of new-age EV trucks and flashback Ford models like the 2021 Bronco, Americans have a fantastic lineup of trucks and SUVs to consider in the upcoming years. If you’re not interested in a Tesla, or a Kia or Hyundai SUV, The return of the Ford Bronco and the newly made and released Rivian R1T electric truck are popular buys for the adventurous driver or weekend trail warrior.

There are many differences between these two vehicles and if you’re split between a redefined SUV shape or a truck that is designed like it can drive on the moon, we’ve put together the pros and cons between the new Ford Bronco and the Rivian R1T pickup truck.

The 2021 Ford Bronco

The return of the Ford Bronco is attracting old and mostly new SUV buyers. Hardly any SUVs being released in 2021 can compare to the bold and traditional, yet futuristic body style of the Bronco release. With rugged capability and innovative technology backing this Ford SUV, new car buyers have plenty to look forward to when driving home this recreation. No doubt both these models offer amazing LED headlights, and if you’re interested in everything else that’s offered in this vehicle, here’s what to expect before leasing or financing a 2021 Bronco.

Pros

There is an abundance of amazing features arriving with the return of the Ford Bronco. Not only does it have a full redesign in style and comfort, but it’s got something special beneath the hood. Drivers considering a new SUV which also holds the capability to double as a pickup truck, here are some top-notch features to look forward to in the 2021 Ford Bronco. All available features vary within the Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Badlands, Wildtrak, and the First Edition trim options.

  • 2 & 4-door body options
  • 270-horsepower Turbocharged 2.3-Liter four-cylinder engine
  • Optional 310-horsepower Turbocharged 2.7-Liter V6 & a 7-Speed Manual Transmission w/Crawl Gear for Off-roading
  • 4X4 Automatic On-Demand Engagement
  • Front Stabilizer Bar Disconnect
  • 6 Beverage holders
  • Wireless Charging Pad
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Trail Control
  • Removable HardTop Sound Deadening Headliner
  • SYNC 4 w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • LED Headlamps with LED Signature Lighting
  • 360-degree Camera
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Brakingrivian r1t

Cons

There are only a few cons with the 2021 Ford Bronco, and first off, if you’re not into large SUV body styles or removable hardtops, this sport utility vehicle may not fit your driving style or needs. But if you’re split between buying the Bronco and a separate brand, here are some potential downfalls for this SUV.

  • The body shape of the Bronco creates a limited view over the shoulder and if you remove the doors, the side mirrors are coming with it further reducing the driver’s view.
  • Some off-road enthusiasts say the size of the Bronco is excessive for 4X4 trails. 
  • It’s new and stylish paint job is too nice to scratch up. Being larger, expect overhanging branches to possibly damage the exterior paint if you plan on going deep off-road.
  • Aftermarket parts as of 2021 are limited. Jeep models may have more gear to attach if you’re craving immediate SUV attachments.
  • Low tow rating

The 2021 Rivian R1T Truck

This new truck EV is changing the game for weekend adventurers and the busy self-employed contractor. When it comes to saving fuel and having all the practicality under one roof, the R1T truck delivers phenomenal power and capability on top of an exhilarating ride that your entire family can enjoy. Read forward to learn about the great aspects of this electric vehicle by Rivian, and see some of the downfalls of this all-electric truck.

Pros

This electric truck is breaking barriers, and though it’s an EV, it’s built to handle rocky and graveled terrains while also keeping up on the highways. If you’re a single driver or family driver, this truck gives a decent amount of interior space and luxury comfort while also having easy and quick charging and plenty of range for your daily travels.

  • Central Cargo Tunnel
  • 400-mile Charge Range
  • 11,000-lbs of Towing Capacity
  • 14.1-inches of Ground Clearance
  • All-Terrain Tires
  • LED Headlights and taillights

Cons

The Rivian maker is bringing some stunning electric vehicles to American drivers, and though there are few if any downfalls for the R1T truck. 

  • It is pricey for a first-time vehicle release. Expect to pay a base price of $69k+ for this electric truck.
  • There is a short history behind the newly formed automaker. In a way, buyers take a risk of being one of the first-time owners of an electric truck.
  • No backup gas motor or engine is a problem for some. An all-electric vehicle does mean zero capacity for gas power engines. You rely on the health and charge of your car battery. 

What’s Best for Driving into 2021? A Truck or SUV?

There’s no doubt that both of these vehicles are heating up to be popular buys this 2021. SUVs are always a great choice for family drivers and if you have items you transport regularly that you want covered and safe from the outside elements, the Bronco offers the detachable rear cover which is great for popping off on your weekend getaways outside of town.

Electric and hybrid trucks are on the rise in popularity, however, models like the R1T are still in a trial phase when it comes to utility and reliability. For family drivers, the new Ford Bronco is an excellent choice, however, if you wish to go electric with something a little more unique than a Ford comeback vehicle, Rivian is an appealing buy for the driver who wants a combination of tech and rugged durability for the job site or daily highway commute.

Patrick Kirk
I am a full-time copywriter from Naples, FL and living in Austin, TX. I have written for the automotive industry for three years, and enjoy other hobbies such as camping and mountain biking. I received my Bachelors from Florida Gulf Coast University, and served in the U.S Coast Guard.

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    3 Comments

    1. god the front end of that rivian is …… that aint it fam

    2. I honestly love the look and the headlights on the Rivian. It was a little odd that the picture was in the middle of the Bronco sections.

    3. The front of the rivian is awful, and in comparison the tesla front ends look attractive.

      Unfortunately, the new bronco is underwhelming because of the engine choices. Why not offer a v6 or v8? My ford edge has more towing capability than this thing, which is not a compliment (2000 lbs vs 3500 lbs).

      I do have one correction about the mirrors on the bronco. Look at the picture at the very top of this page. You can clearly see the mirrors have a bracket that leads into into the front wind cowling near the wipers. You will have mirrors if you take the doors off.

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