1998 Oldsmobile Bravada

  • 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

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1998 Oldsmobile Bravada Review

Holds its own on and off the beaten path.

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The 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada classifies as a luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a wide range of standard equipment. The spacious interior offers comfortable seating and an overall smooth ride under most conditions. The Bravada costs a lot to purchase, but drivers looking for this type of vehicle often find it money well spent. The Bravada offers power, performance, and comfort in a single package.

While the Oldsmobile Bravada primarily targets drivers looking for a large, comfortable vehicle for roadway driving, the Bravada holds up well offroad. The Smart-Trak all-wheel-drive system holds up well in pretty much any situation. Beyond the body jumping around a bit more than average when offroad, the Bravada still offers the performance many drivers look for in an SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Bravada

What's New

The 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada now offers second-generation airbags, an anti-theft system, battery rundown protection, and a heated driver’s side mirror as standard equipment. Heated seats are provided as a new option. The body has been restyled, giving the Bravada a slightly different profile.


The Bravada remains a relatively small SUV that measures in at 183.7 inches long. The 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada has a fairly standard shape, with an overall blocky profile. The peaked hood looks unique, but seems like a fairly subtle design characteristic. Alloy wheels and a roof rack mark standard equipment along with power heated mirrors, keyless entry, and an integrated garage door opener. A camper towing package remains available as optional equipment as does a power moonroof.


The Oldsmobile Bravada has a large, spacious interior with comfortable seats and a wide range of luxury features. Standard equipment on the Bravada includes an overhead console, a trip computer, leather seating, power windows, power locks, a power driver’s seat, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, cruise control, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player. Drivers not satisfied by the robust standard equipment can also add heated seats, cloth seats, and a CD player as optional equipment.

Performance & Handling

The Oldsmobile Bravada offers good performance across the board in both roadway and offroad driving. The 4.3-liter, six-cylinder engine offers 190 horsepower of output. This gives the Bravada a good rate of acceleration on roadways, while still maintaining enough power to pull it through rough offroad terrain. The Bravada turns remarkably well, with a turning circle comparable to some larger sedans and minivans. The Smart-Trak all-wheel-drive system keeps the Bravada sure footed on all sorts of terrain.

The only weakness of the 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada concerns its attempt to perform well in both roadway and offroad driving. Crossover SUVs outperform it on roadways and more powerful SUVs outperform it offroad. However, the Bravada outperforms most crossover SUVs offroad and most of the more powerful SUVs on roadways, so it comes down to how drivers plan to use it.


The Oldsmobile Bravada comes equipped with dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard safety equipment. The Smart-Trak all-wheel-drive system further augments safety by helping the Bravada keep proper traction in a wide range of situations.

EPA Fuel Economy

Oldsmobile Bravada: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Comfortable interior
  • High-quality standard audio system
  • Fully loaded

You Won't Like

  • Body bounces around during off-road driving

Sum Up

Holds its own on and off the beaten path.

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