Revving Up Nostalgia: A Week in the 2023 Ford Bronco Heritage Edition

2023 Bronco 2 door Heritage in Race Red
Photo by K. Barclay

If I had a say in my first wheels, that ’72 Volkswagen Super Beetle I was ultimately given wouldn’t have made the cut. Nope, I was dead set on a Ford Bronco. Minutes after snagging my driver’s license, I was knee-deep in classifieds, hunting for my dream ride. But try as I might, I couldn’t sway my folks from their affinity for the baby blue love bug. So, when they rolled up with the 2023 Ford Bronco Heritage in Race Red for a week of testing, it was like love at first sight. I was head over heels before even cranking the engine.

It was like stepping back in time while still being modern. Picture this: I’m cruising down the street in that eye-catching Race Red, feeling like I own the road. And let me tell you, this thing turns heads like crazy. Every corner I turned, heads swiveled, and thumbs shot up in approval. It’s like this Bronco has its own fan club, and for that week, I was the undisputed president!

2023 Bronco heritage white stripe
Photo credit Ford

The 2023 Bronco Heritage Edition comes with standard Big Bend® series equipment and features, with the 300-hp turbo 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine under the hood. Buyers can choose either a seven-speed manual or available 10-speed automatic transmission. I was lucky enough to drive the seven-speed and I loved the authentic feeling of shifting gears.

Ford nailed that retro vibe with the two-tone paint job and classic Oxford White accents. Those 17-inch aluminum wheels in matching Oxford White? It is pure eye candy. Inside, it’s all about the vintage flair with plaid cloth seats, an Oxford White instrument panel, and striking red accents on the dash and grab handles. Oh, and I was a little obsessed with the heritage stripe on the exterior with 1960s-style ‘Bronco’ scripting.

2023 seats of Bronco heriatge
Bronco Heritage Edition

While I didn’t take it off-road during my seven days of driving, the Bronco Heritage is itching for some trail action. With features like the HOSS 2.0 suspension system, a Terrain Management System boasting six G.O.A.T (goes over any terrain) modes, Electronic-Locking front and rear axle, and Hill Descent Control, this bad boy is ready for whatever the wilderness throws its way. Although, I wouldn’t be excited about cleaning those oxford white wheels after hitting the trails.

Bronco Heritage Makes A Statement

Heritage Edition models come standard with Big Bend® series equipment and features, including a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine with a 7-speed manual or available 10-speed SelectShift™ automatic transmission. The engine delivers up to 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. Torque. If you’re going to use the Bronco for towing, it can tow up to 3500 pounds.

Personally, I like the Bronco Heritage trim better than the Jeep Wrangler for both its design and the way it handles on the road. However, both are very noisy on the road, and I prefer Jeep’s UConnect to the Ford Sync infotainment system. What really sets this Bronco apart is the way it makes you feel. It’s not just a car; it’s a vibe. You’re not just driving; you’re making a statement. And let me tell you, it’s a statement that gets noticed.

If you’re ready to add a Ford Bronco to your stable or garage, the 2023 Ford Bronco is available in seven primary trim levels: Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Badlands, Wildtrak, and Everglades. The Heritage Edition model is based on the Big Bend trim and the one we’d recommend.

So, how much does a 2023 Ford Bronco Heritage cost? The Bronco Heritage two-door starts at $45,900 with the 2.3-liter seven-speed.

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Kristin Barclay
Kristin Barclay graduated from the University of South Carolina with a major in Journalism and Advertising. Throughout her career, Kristin has demonstrated a passion for storytelling and a commitment to providing accurate, timely, and informative news coverage. She has a deep understanding of the issues and concerns facing local communities and has earned a reputation as a trusted source for reliable news and information. In addition to her work as an editor and journalist, Kristin is also a skilled writer and has written articles on a wide range of topics, including politics, business, education, and culture. She has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting compelling stories that engage and inform readers. Kristin is also an active member of the community and has volunteered her time and resources to numerous organizations and causes. She believes in the importance of giving back and making a positive impact on the world around us. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Kristin Barclay is also a passionate advocate for local journalism and the role it plays in keeping communities informed and engaged. She believes strongly in the importance of supporting local news outlets and is dedicated to ensuring that quality journalism remains a vital part of our society. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys traveling both for business and pleasure. She loves exploring new places, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. Whether she's on a business trip or a vacation, Kristin is always eager to discover what makes each place unique and special. Kristin's passions include boots, bourbon, dogs and college football. She is a self-proclaimed boot aficionado and has an impressive collection of cowboy boots that she wears with pride. She also enjoys sipping on a good bourbon and spending time with her husband and beloved border collies. Last but certainly not least, Kristin is the proud mother of two children who bring joy and meaning to her life. She is deeply committed to being a loving and supportive parent, and her children are her greatest source of inspiration and motivation