1996 Oldsmobile Bravada

  • 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

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1996 Oldsmobile Bravada Review

An easily overlooked, luxury SUV.

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The 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada serves as a luxury sport utility vehicle. Unfortunately, it has extremely low safety ratings and barely distinguishes itself from other sport utility vehicles in its class. The long list of standard features looks nice, but with only a few options available, the Bravada remains extremely cookie-cutter. The lack of engine power in comparison to other SUVs makes the Bravada an unlikely buy, and the relatively low amount produced on an annual basis supports this claim.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Bravada

What's New

The 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada gets updated to meet the standards of the luxury sport utility vehicles on the market. It shows few major changes or revisions aside from luxury features.


Body cladding on the Bravada looks a bit overdone. Standard exterior features for the 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada include a roof rack, 15-inch alloy wheels, and power exterior mirrors. A rear window wiper and power windows, locks, and mirrors also come standard. also comes standard. The Bravada comes in five paint colors, and Oldsmobile does not offer any special factory paints. The only exterior option remains the towing and camping package.


The Bravada comes standard with air-conditioning, cruise control, and a trip computer. Leather seating comes standard in the 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada, but cloth remains an option. The audio system includes an AM/FM/cassette stereo, but this can be replaced with an AM/FM/CD stereo instead.

Performance & Handling

One of the standout features of the Bravada, a standard all-wheel-drive system, makes off-roading and driving on rough terrain much easier. The 190-hp V-6 engine produces 250 lb-ft of torque, but it feels a bit underpowered compared to other luxury sport utility vehicles. Despite this underpowered engine, the 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada can be equipped with a 5000-pound towing package.


The 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes for strong stopping power. Only the driver's side offers an airbag. Daytime running lights and fog lights increase visibility on the road. In crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Bravada a ?Poor? rating for overall safety. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the frontal crash safety for the driver's side of the Bravada with three out of five stars. The NHTSA rates the passenger side with one out of five stars. The Bravada unfortunately does not offer a safe ride, especially considering the price.

EPA Fuel Economy

Oldsmobile Bravada: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Standard all-wheel-drive system
  • Luxury
  • Comfort

You Won't Like

  • Pricing
  • Lack of options
  • Poor safety ratings

Sum Up

An easily overlooked, luxury SUV.

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