It stands for "Go Over Any Type of Terrain" and comprises of different selectable drive modes

The Bronco has lit up the automotive scene in more ways than even Ford would’ve imagined. The off-roader is filled with features that enthusiasts have been asking automakers for all along. One exciting feature that Ford has introduced on the Bronco is the cleverly named GOAT mode. This is essentially the Bronco’s driving modes that make it a capable off-roader. So, what are these drive modes?

What Is The GOAT Mode?

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The Ford Bronco’s GOAT mode comprises of eight different driver-selectable driving modes. This has surfaced the internet before the Bronco’s launch as well. A trademark application regarding this was leaked and Ford had filed it for the "drive systems comprised of automatic controls for vehicle chassis and powertrain controllers, integrated as an integral part of a passenger vehicle." The first-gen Ford Bronco was nicknamed the GOAT (Goes Over Any Terrain), so it’s nice to see Ford reuse such terms to connect with the customers based on nostalgia.

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In the latest Bronco also, it stands for a similar full-form - "Go Over Any Type of Terrain". It comprises of eight drive modes:

  • Normal
  • Eco
  • Sport
  • Slippery
  • Sand
  • Baja
  • Mud/Ruts
  • Rock Crawl

The last three are specially dedicated for off-roading.

The Rock Crawl will be the most useful one, in my opinion, especially to novice off-roaders, as it would get the onboard computers to work and take real-time decisions about disconnecting the front sway bar, disengaging the traction control, or locking the differentials, and so on.

You can also control them manually, but it’s still nice to have a specially dedicated button in place.

Is The GOAT Mode Standard On The Bronco?

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Well, yes and no. The Bronco will be available in six different guises (Plus the First Edition) and the GOAT mode will come on all of them but with limitations in a few:

Base Five out of eight GOAT modes
Big Bend Six out of eight GOAT modes
Black Diamond Seven out of eight GOAT modes
Outer Banks Six out of eight GOAT modes
Wildtrak Seven out of eight GOAT modes (without Rock Crawl)
Badlands All the eight GOAT modes
First Edition All the eight GOAT modes

Final Thoughts

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The GOAT acronym generally stands for “Greatest Of All Time” and it doesn’t feel out of place on the Bronco. Ford has revived one of the most loved nomenclatures in automotive history and it’s nice to see that it has done justice to it. Ford has gotten almost everything right this time around and it’ll be interesting to see how long it can carry on with this Midas touch. I mean, a rather common drive selector has managed to garner so much attention! That itself speaks volumes of how hyped the Bronco is right now. We’ll have to wait and watch how these perform in the real world.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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