The obvious reason is that not having doors takes away a fair bit of side-impact protection. It also makes it easy for stuff, like the jacket you put on the back seat, to simply blow out of your vehicle. Thirdly, where do you put them? The new Bronco does have nifty covers for your disembodied doors along with space to store them on board, whereas the Jeep Wrangler makes you leave them at home, or perhaps hidden in the brush by the side of the trailhead. But the Bronco’s doors will take up your entire cargo area, meaning your personal effects will need to go in the back seat, which, thanks to your decision to remove the doors, doesn’t have any doors. As a fringe benefit of taking off your doors when you go off-roading, you and your passengers can look forward to getting smacked and scratched by brush and branches for hours on end.
Gimmick #3: GoPro Mounts
Making your friends watch your unedited 2.5-hour trail adventure is the new ’70s-era slideshow-at-a-house-party nightmare. Of course, Ford isn’t the first manufacturer to offer a special GoPro (or other equally high-quality video capture system) mount in a vehicle — Toyota’s Tacoma immediately springs to mind. The Bronco uses a dash-mounted rail that allows for easy camera (as well as phone-mount) positioning, but if you’re going to mount a GoPro to capture your rugged radness, you’re better off mounting it on the outside. That means you’ll get a better field of vision and also ensures that your camera can focus on the environment instead of a dirty windshield. A dedicated camera mount is really an answer to a question no one’s asked.