Ford Bronco Towing: All Know About That In Detail

Everything You Need to Know About Towing with a Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco has always been an icon of off-road capability, but did you know it’s also a seriously capable towing machine? With its robust construction, powerful engine options, and dedicated towing packages, the Bronco is the perfect adventure-mobile for hauling your toys to the trailhead. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll dive deep into the Bronco’s towing specs, engine performance, and key features that make it an outstanding pick for towing campers, boats, ATVs and more.

Ford Bronco Towing: All Know About That In Detail
Ford Bronco Towing

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2023 Ford Bronco Engine Specs

The key to any good towing machine is its powerplant. For 2023, the Ford Bronco offers three potent EcoBoost engine choices:

2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 Engine

  • 300 hp and 325 lb-ft torque
  • EPA-estimated 20 mpg city/22 mpg highway (4×4)
  • Standard on Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond and Outer Banks trims

2.7L EcoBoost® V6 Engine

  • 330 hp and 415 lb-ft torque
  • EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/20 mpg highway (4×4)
  • Standard on Badlands, Everglades and Heritage trims

3.0L EcoBoost V6 Engine

  • 400 hp and 415 lb-ft torque
  • EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/20 mpg highway (4×4)
  • Available upgrade engine on Wildtrak, Everglades and Badlands

With best-in-class torque ratings and robust low-end pulling power, even the base 2.3L has more than enough muscle for towing most toys and trailers. But the 2.7L and 3.0L V6s offer exceptional performance for heavier loads.

Ford Bronco Towing Capacity

But raw power is only half the equation – towing capacity also depends on a vehicle’s chassis, suspension tuning, transmission gearing and other driveline components. So how much can a Ford Bronco really tow?

Here’s a quick look at the max towing capacities for 2023 Bronco models equipped with the available Trailer Tow Package:

Engine2-Door Max Towing4-Door Max Towing
2.3L3,500 lbs3,500 lbs
2.7L4,500 lbs4,500 lbs
3.0L6,000 lbs6,200 lbs

Towing capacities are for properly equipped vehicles with required towing packages

As you can see, the brawny 3.0L EcoBoost gives the 4-door Bronco an impressive 6,200 lb max tow rating – enough to haul a good-sized camping trailer or mid-size boat with ease. The 2.7L splits the difference at 4,500 lbs, while the 2.3L provides a very capable 3,500 lb rating ideal for lighter toys and small campers.

What can a Ford Bronco tow?

With towing capacities ranging from 3,500 to 6,200 lbs, the Bronco can handle hauling a incredibly diverse range of loads:

  • Camping trailers (Airstream Basecamp, Lance Truck Camper, etc.)
  • Small to mid-sized boats and personal watercraft
  • Enclosed car hauler trailers
  • ATVs, motorbikes and side-by-sides
  • Equipment trailers and utility trailers
  • Small horse trailers
  • Pop-up truck campers

Of course, the exact towing capacity depends on factors like the Bronco’s engine, 4×4 system, axle ratio, trailer weight distribution and payload capacity. More on dialing in your specific towing setup later.

Towing packages for the Ford Bronco

To enable its full towing potential, the Bronco offers the Class III Trailer Tow Package as an option on all trim levels with the 2.7L or 3.0L engine. This thorough package includes:

  • Trailer sway control
  • 4-pin/7-pin wiring harness
  • Trailer brake controller
  • Auxiliary transmission oil cooler
  • Shorter 3.73 rear axle ratio
  • Towing mode with rev-matching downshifts
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist

The Trailer Tow Package is a must-have for anyone planning regular towing with their Bronco. It bundles all the key hardware and software features needed for safe, controlled towing into one convenient option.

Year-by-Year Ford Bronco Towing Specs

Now let’s look at the specifics for each Bronco model year since its reintroduction:

2021 Ford Bronco towing specs

For its inaugural comeback year, the 2021 Bronco could be equipped to tow up to:

  • 3,500 lbs with 2.3L EcoBoost (2-door and 4-door)
  • 3,500 lbs with 2.7L EcoBoost (2-door and 4-door)

The improved Trailer Tow Package with higher capacities wasn’t available until the 2022 model year.

2022 Ford Bronco towing specs

In 2022, Ford rolled out its robust Trailer Tow Package, enabling higher maximum tow ratings:

  • 3,500 lbs max with 2.3L EcoBoost (2-door and 4-door)
  • 4,500 lbs max with 2.7L EcoBoost (2-door and 4-door)
  • 6,000 lbs max with 3.0L EcoBoost (2-door)
  • 6,200 lbs max with 3.0L EcoBoost (4-door)

2023 Ford Bronco towing specs

Towing capabilities remain unchanged for 2023:

  • 3,500 lbs max with 2.3L EcoBoost
  • 4,500 lbs max with 2.7L EcoBoost
  • 6,000 lbs max with 3.0L EcoBoost (2-door)
  • 6,200 lbs max with 3.0L EcoBoost (4-door)

How much can a 2-door Ford Bronco tow?

How much can a 2-door Ford Bronco tow?
How much can a 2-door Ford Bronco tow?

The 2-door Bronco configuration has a slightly lower max tow rating compared to the 4-door models due to its reduced payload capacity and weight distribution. Here are the top tow figures for 2023:

  • 2-door with 2.3L EcoBoost: 3,500 lbs max
  • 2-door with 2.7L EcoBoost: 4,500 lbs max
  • 2-door with 3.0L EcoBoost: 6,000 lbs max

While the 2-door loses a bit of towing muscle versus the 4-doors, the trade-off is a shorter turning radius and arguably better off-road maneuverability thanks to its more compact footprint. So it just depends on your priorities – the 4-door tows more, but the 2-door Bronco has advantages for avid rock-crawlers and trail blazers.

How much can a 4-door Ford Bronco tow?

As the larger, crew-cab model, the 4-door Bronco gets top billing in the towing department:

  • 4-door with 2.3L EcoBoost: 3,500 lbs max
  • 4-door with 2.7L EcoBoost: 4,500 lbs max
  • 4-door with 3.0L EcoBoost: 6,200 lbs max

That 6,200 lb rating for 4-door Broncos equipped with the 3.0L EcoBoost places it among the leaders in the midsize truck/SUV segment for towing capacity. Only the full-size trucks like F-150 and Silverado can tow significantly heavier loads.

Which engine is best for towing in the Ford Bronco?

Now that we’ve covered all the nitty-gritty stats, let’s discuss the advantages and trade-offs of each Bronco engine for serious towing:

Towing with the 2.3L EcoBoost engine

As the base powerplant, the turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder is more than adequate for towing lighter loads like small camping trailers, ATVs or personal watercraft under 3,500 lbs. Its good fuel economy also makes it the most cost-effective engine for towing. However, the 2.3L does have relatively modest torque output compared to the V6 options, so it may feel anemic when towing near its max ratings, especially on steeper grades.

Towing with the 2.7L EcoBoost engine

The 2.7L EcoBoost V6 hits a sweet spot for many Bronco owners. With its stout 415 lb-ft torque rating, this mid-range engine option provides excellent pulling power for towing loads up to 4,500 lbs without sacrificing too much fuel efficiency. Trailers in the 3,500-4,000 lb range are well within its capabilities, making the 2.7L a great all-arounder.

Towing with the 3.0L V6 engine

For the absolute maximum towing performance, the top-dog 3.0L EcoBoost engine is the champ. Its brawny 400 hp and 415 lb-ft torque output allows Broncos so-equipped to tow up to an impressive 6,200 lbs when properly set up. The extra muscle and low-end grunt make hauling bigger camping trailers, boats or car haulers a breeze, even over mountainous terrain. The tradeoff is slightly lower fuel economy, but it’s a small penalty to pay for this level of towing prowess.

Choosing a hitch for Ford Bronco towing

Once you’ve picked your ideal Bronco engine and configured it with the Trailer Tow Package, the next key piece of towing equipment is selecting the proper trailer hitch receiver and drawbar.

The Bronco’s maximum conventional towing capacity of 6,200 lbs falls into Class IV trailer hitch territory. Class IV receiver hitches provide a 2″ x 2″ hitch opening and higher weight ratings compared to smaller Class I-III hitches. They’re designed for towing travel trailers, boats, livestock trailers and other mid-weight loads in the 5,000-10,000 lb range.

For loads under 5,000 lbs, a Class III 2″ receiver hitch may also be suitable. Just be sure to follow Ford’s recommendations and never exceed the rated capacities. Using too small of a hitch for your trailer can lead to extremely dangerous towing situations.

The included 4-pin and 7-pin connectors with the Bronco’s Trailer Tow Package make it easy to plug in trailer wiring for brake lights and other electrical functions.

Weighing your towing load in a Ford Bronco

Speaking of ratings, it’s critical to know your total trailer weight before towing with your Bronco. This means weighing the trailer itself (ideally with a trailer tongue scale) plus the weight of all cargo, fuel, water, passengers, and any other items being towed or carried inside.

Once you’ve got the full loaded trailer weight figured out, double check that it’s below your Bronco’s maximum tow rating from earlier (3,500 lbs for 2.3L, 4,500 lbs for 2.7L, or 6,000-6,200 lbs for 3.0L).

But towing capacity isn’t the only factor – you also need to ensure your Bronco can handle the trailer’s tongue weight. The tongue is the amount of weight pressing down on the trailer hitch. Ford recommends the Bronco’s tongue weight stay within 10-15% of the total trailer weight, up to a maximum of 750 lbs. Too little tongue weight and the trailer could sway, too much and you’ll overload the rear axle.

Finally, payload capacity is another key stat. This is how much weight the Bronco can carry inside, including passengers, cargo, hitch weight, etc. Exceeding your Bronco’s payload rating, even if you’re under the max tow rating, is a safety hazard and can cause poor stability, braking issues and premature drivetrain wear.

Safety tips for Ford Bronco towing

Now that we’ve covered towing basics, let’s go over some crucial towing safety tips for Ford Bronco owners:

  • Always perform a towing setup inspection before each trip (check trailer lights, tire pressures, secure cargo, test trailer brakes, etc.)
  • Utilize the Bronco’s Trailer Tow Package features like trailer sway control, backup assist cameras, and towing mode for engine braking and rev-matched downshifts.
  • Keep speeds down and increase following distances when towing a trailer. Braking distances are much longer.
  • Make wider turns at intersections and curves to avoid cutting corners or jackknifing the trailer.
  • Use off-road towing modes like 4×4 Low and rear diff lockers for improved traction on loose surfaces.
  • Avoid towing near the max weight ratings if possible, keeping plenty of reserve capacity for safe acceleration and braking.
  • Take trailering courses like those offered by Ford to hone your towing skills.
  • Check your Bronco’s owner’s manual for full Ford-approved trailer towing safety guidelines.

Towing safely not only protects your investment and precious cargo – it’s a matter of keeping yourself, your passengers and others on the road out of harm’s way. Never take shortcuts when hauling a trailer.

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Maintenance when towing with a Ford Bronco

All that extra work required from towing a heavy trailer means you’ll need to stay on top of Bronco maintenance to keep it running smoothly:

  • Engine oil and filter changes – Towing applies more stress and heat to the engine than normal driving. Stick to the “towing/severe service” intervals in your owner’s manual for oil changes (typically every 5,000-6,000 miles or 6 months).
  • Transmission fluid services – Likewise, fresh transmission fluid is key for keeping the gearbox shifting properly under towing strain. Plan for flushes every 30,000 miles.
  • Cooling system inspections – The engine oil cooler in the Tow Package helps, but routine coolant changes and pressure tests are critical to prevent overheating issues.
  • Tire rotations – That extra trailer weight creates more wear on your tires. Rotate them more frequently and check tread depths regularly. Consider dedicated towing tires.
  • Brake inspections – All those miles towing a heavy trailer drastically increases brake pad and rotor wear rates. Have the brakes professionally inspected prior to each towing season.
  • Hitch and trailer maintenance – The hitch components, lights, brakes and bearings on your trailer itself require just as much TLC. Inspect and service frequently.

Following the meticulous Ford maintenance schedules is money well spent to avoid costly breakdowns and keep your Bronco in top towing shape.

2023 Ford Bronco Towing Package and Features

As mentioned earlier, Ford’s excellent Trailer Tow Package bundles all the must-have hardware and software for smooth, stable towing into one convenient option. For 2023, it includes:

  • Trailer sway control
  • Smart trailer tow connector
  • 4-pin & 7-pin wiring harnesses
  • Trailer brake controller
  • Auxiliary transmission oil cooler
  • 3.73 limited-slip rear axle ratio
  • Towing mode with rev-matching downshifts
  • Integrated trailer brake controller
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist with knob control

A few standout features in this package:

Trailer Sway Control – Uses sensors to monitor trailer movements and automatically apply precise braking and throttle adjustments to help eliminate dangerous trailer sway caused by winds or poor loading.

Pro Trailer Backup Assist – Take the guesswork out of reversing with a trailer. Just turn a knob to indicate which direction you want the trailer to go, and the Bronco’s system will automatically steer the vehicle and trailer along the intended path. It makes backing into tight spaces a breeze, even for towing novices.

Integrated Trailer Brake Controller – This smart controller automatically applies the trailer’s brakes in proportion to the Bronco’s braking force for smoother, more controlled stopping power when towing. It’s a major safety upgrade over trailers with no brake system.

Towing Mode – More than just a fancy tow/haul mode, this intelligent software optimizes the Bronco’s throttle response, transmission behavior, engine braking, and stability aids specifically for towing different trailer weights. It provides a noticeable difference in control and drivability when towing.

The Trailer Tow Package transforms the Bronco into a true towing champ by enhancing stability and control in a multitude of ways. For safe, confident towing, it’s an absolute must-have option alongside the proper engine choice.

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The Ford Bronco’s incredible towing capacity and innovative technologies make it an awesome choice for hauling your toys to epic outdoor destinations near and far. But raw numbers only tell part of the story – to truly appreciate its tough, rugged capabilities, you need to get behind the wheel.


The Ford Bronco combines iconic off-road prowess with exceptional towing capability that rivals many full-size trucks. With a proper towing setup utilizing the robust Trailer Tow Package, Bronco owners can confidently haul campers, boats, and toys weighing up to an impressive 6,200 lbs. Its powerful EcoBoost engine lineup, intelligent towing technologies, and dedicated towing modes work together to deliver a controlled, stable towing experience.

From choosing the right hitch to maintenance tips, this guide covers everything you need to know about unleashing the Bronco’s full towing potential. So hitch up your trailer and head for the trails – with the Bronco’s brawny towing skills, no adventure is off limits.CopyRetry

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