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1999 Oldsmobile Bravada Review
An SUV for the paved roads.
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The 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada is a luxury compact SUV intended to compete with the Chevy Blazer and the GMC Jimmy. It provides a comfortable ride, leather seats, and has a great sound system. This SUV’s Smartrak all-wheel drive allows it to drive on a variety of terrain. However, this vehicle was designed to perform best on road.
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Bravada
There are many feature refinements for the 1999 model year. The airbag has been upgraded into a mini-module, taking up less space on the dash, and the turn signal system now includes a flash-to-pass feature. There is now a warning signal for when the tailgate glass is ajar. A new options package has been added that allows for a memory driver’s seat and a power passengers seat. A new anti-theft alarm system is now standard. Upgrades have also been made to this vehicle’s sound system.
This vehicle comes in six color choices. The paint is monotone, with a stripe. The bumpers are body colored and include two front tow hooks. The body side cladding, fender flares, and grille are also body colored. The rear bumper also has a step to allow easy access to items on the roof since it has a roof rack for cargo storage. The wheels are 15-inch silver alloy and the tires are all-season tires. A full-size steel spare wheel is included. The front mirrors are remote powered and are heated. The windows are tinted and powered, and the driver’s window is one-touch down. A key fob can lock/unlock all doors and the trunk. In the front, there are variable intermittent windshield wipers, and the rear has a fixed interval windshield wiper. A defroster is also standard for the rear windshield, which can flip up to provide easy access to the rear cargo area of the vehicle.
The interior comes in three color choices. The cargo volume is 37.3 cubic feet with the seats up, and 74.1 cubic feet with the seats down. This does not include the cargo space on the roof that can be utilized with the roof rack. The seating capacity is five occupants, including the driver. The front seats are bucket seats, and the rear seats are 60/40-split bench seats. Standard comfort features include adjustable front and rear head restraints, six-way power driver’s seat and four-way front passenger seat, leather front seat trim and gear shift knob, automatic air-conditioning with under-seat air ducts, and a leather, tilting steering wheel. Storage features include a center-front armrest with storage, a lighted glove box, a full overhead console with storage, a front cup holder, two-seat back storage pockets, dual door bins, rear door bins, and cargo concealed storage. The cargo area has a roll up cargo cover, a cargo net, cargo tie downs, and a cargo light. Electronic features include front and rear reading lights, an AM/FM/Cassette/CD audio system with an automatic equalizer and six speakers, a fixed antenna, three 12-volt DC power outlets; HomeLink Wireless control system, and a compass and trip computer.
Performance & Handling
This SUV’s engine has a rating of 190 horsepower and has a towing capacity of 5000 pounds. It features full-time four-wheel drive with a limited slip differential and cruise control. Both front and rear anti-roll bars are standard. This vehicle utilizes re-circulating ball steering.
This vehicle has impressive safety ratings from the NHTSA. It earned three out of five stars for driver’s side frontal impact, four out of five stars for passenger’s side frontal impact, and five out of five stars for front and rear seat side impact. Standard safety equipment includes driver and passenger airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, fully automatic headlamps with delay off, front fog lights and daytime running lights, an under-hood light, illuminated entry, and a dome light, auto-dimming day/night rearview mirror, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, and a center high mounted stop light. Child safety locks are also standard in the rear of the vehicle. There are also various warning systems in place to inform the driver of exterior ambient temperature, a low battery, lights being left on, keys left in the ignition, and the liftgate being left ajar. The standard security system for this vehicle includes ignition disable and a panic alarm.
EPA Fuel Economy
- High safety rating for an SUV
- All-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Lack of engine choices
- Lack of transmission choices
- Off-road performance
An SUV for the paved roads.
If You Like This Vehicle
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