Looking for a fun short-wheelbase 4x4 that's affordable and loaded? This final-year 1990 Ford Bronco II offers distinction and ability, and it's all for quite a nice price.
The Bronco II is a favorite of the off-road crowd because it combines a Jeep-like wheelbase with a fully enclosed body that's fashionable in the city or out on the trail. In fact, owning a final-year Bronco II has added distinction. It has the front fascia was shared with the first-generation premium Ford Explorer. And while there was a two-door version of that vehicle, the flared wheel arches, top-wrapping side glass, and tall 4x4 stance gives this one has a distinctive style all of its own (it's almost this is like the rare, extra capable Explorer.) The premium two-tone appearance only adds to this Bronco's mystique.
Inside the long option list has created an off-roader can be both rugged and sophisticated. The cloth interior has a great earthtone patent on both rows of seats. It's extra comfortable for the driver thanks to bucket seats, a cup holder, and center console. This Bronco has been further upgraded with factory options like power windows, power locks, the original AM/FM/cassette stereo, and fingertip cruise control settings on the steering wheel. There are even provisions for factory air conditioning.
These Broncos have such a great off-road reputation because they combine a compact wheelbase with good ground clearance. As the final year for this SUV, it received the best motor in the series – a fuel-injected 2.9-liter V6. So this is the one you want for the added torque to pull you up the hill. Plus, they come with a shift on the fly electronic transfer case. This is an especially handy feature because when four-wheel drive is suddenly needed, it's usually not during a situation when you want to go outside. While all of this sounds like your perfect off-road toy, this Bronco is also equipped to be driven as long or as far as you want. The five-speed transmission allows you cruise in overdrive comfort, and extra passing power is only a downshift away. Add in power steering and front disc brakes, and you soon see how this is a great all-around SUV.
Ford has a new Bronco on the way, and so these Bronco II's are getting harder and harder to find. So this might be your last opportunity at one that's this complete and this affordable.