The Base kicks off the trim range with a nice assortment of standard features. On the exterior, the strong points are an extended safari-style roof with rails, a rear liftgate with a flip-up window, LED headlights, and a small but convenient novelty item: an integrated tailgate bottle opener. There’s also a terrain management system with five G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Terrain) modes. The interior has cloth upholstery, a pair of 12-volt power outlets, and four smart-charging USB ports. For staying entertained and connected, Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system is ready with an 8-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, FordPass Connect remote vehicles services, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system. To top everything off, the Base comes with the Ford CoPilot360 bundle of advanced driver aids (pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot collision warning with cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beams, and a rearview camera).
The Big Bend steps up with rear flood lights, heated side mirrors, rear privacy glass, automatic climate control (single-zone), easy-clean cloth seats, a rubberized cargo floor, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a MOLLE strap on the front seatbacks. Several upscale features are optional, such as LED fog lights, Intelligent Access (proximity entry), push-button start, a wireless phone charger, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and front seatback zipper pockets. This trim (along with the Outer Banks and Badlands) qualifies for the more advanced Ford CoPilot360 Assist+ bundle, which includes adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane centering, speed sign recognition, evasive steering, and navigation.
The Outer Banks gets most of the optional items from the Big Bend, like the LED fog lights, proximity entry, push-button ignition, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power driver’s seat, and heated front seats (the other available features from the Big Bend remain optional). This trim also receives remote start, black exterior accents, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers with a de-icer, ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt power outlet, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen (B&O) stereo system is available.
The hardier Badlands omits some of the Outer Banks’ amenities; however, most can be added back as options (it’s eligible for the deluxe B&O sound system, too). Among this trim’s more rugged upgrades are all-terrain tires, underbody bash plates, an off-road suspension, front tow hooks, two additional G.O.A.T. modes, Trail Control (off-road cruise control), easy-clean rubberized flooring, and a rear under-seat storage compartment. It even gets a split-view 180-degree camera with a washer.
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