2002 Oldsmobile Bravada

  • 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Base Sport Utility

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      4.2L I6
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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Review

A sleek and stylish mid-size SUV distinguished from the competition by its powerful engine.

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The 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada is a midsize sport utility vehicle, which veers very much on the luxurious side. This updated model is much better than its predecessors and is a very stylish looking vehicle. In fact its exterior styling is slightly reminiscent of the classy Aurora, and it's one of the best vehicles produced by Oldsmobile for quite some time. It's just a shame this model never really got a chance to take off since Oldsmobile was phased out a couple of years later. In spite of this, it's still worthwhile considering this model, as parts and servicing are easy to obtain through GM dealerships. Its numerous features make it strong competition for other models in this class, and it's an extremely nice, and very comfortable and luxurious vehicle to drive.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Bravada

What's New

The 2002 Bravada Oldsmobile receives a complete revamp, and improvements include a more spacious interior, and better suspension. As a result, it's a highly competitive vehicle in its class.


The 2002 Bravada Oldsmobile has very distinctive exterior styling, and this year's model is six inches longer than the previous models. It comes with either 16-inch tires or 17-inch tires and is fitted with a rear suspension that automatically inflates and deflates whenever necessary to keep it level even when driving on rough surfaces. The spare tire is mounted underneath the body and is full-size. Other features include power heated mirrors, and a rear lift gate door with a manual lift gate window which flips up to open. It comes with headlamps which automatically come on at dusk, which are delayed after consumers shut off the engine allowing time to see where they are going.


The 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada has seating for five passengers and comes with leather upholstery as standard as well as GM's communication system which is called OnStar. Other standard equipment includes an adjustable steering wheel that is leather-wrapped, which incorporates audio controls. There is a CD and cassette player, power locks, which are programmable, remote keyless entry, and an antitheft system. Optional extras include rain-sensing wipers and a back seat entertainment system. There is simulated wood trim on the doors, the center console and the dash, and the doors have leather trim. Reading lights are fitted for both the front and rear, and there's a cargo area light. Passengers are kept comfortable with three-zone climate control. The front console has storage, and there are front and rear cup holders. The rear seats are split-folding, and when all the seats are in position the cargo capacity is 39.8 cubic feet. When the seats are folded flat then the maximum storage capacity is 80.1 cubic feet. Additional storage space can be found in the front seat backs, as one of the front door pockets, and the overhead console has storage space. There are 12-volt power outlets in the front and rear and the cargo area.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Bravada Oldsmobile is unusual in that it is powered by a 4.2-liter displacement engine rather than the V-6 engines and the V-8 engines of its competitors. This engine is capable of producing 270 horsepower, and there's plenty of power available for overtaking on the highways. It's really a pretty muscular engine, as there's enough capacity to comfortably tow up to 6400 pounds, and it can tackle steep inclines with ease. In spite of this muscular capacity, there's really very little road noise unless the engine is really being pushed hard. It feels a very competent vehicle to drive, and its air suspension gives a very comfortable ride without sacrificing handling quality. The seats are a little softer than some of its competitors making it more luxurious to ride in. It can comfortably seat five people, and there's plenty of legroom available. Oldsmobile’s driver information center makes it super easy to change personal preferences.


The 2002 Bravada Oldsmobile's standard safety features include dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and anti-lock disc brakes. It's a better mannered SUV than some others, as the bumpers are 2 inches lower than standard, so if it is in a collision, It's level with passenger cars. Each bumper is designed to withstand a five mph collision, which is twice the standard rating. Other safety features include child safety locks on the rear doors, and front and rear headrests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Oldsmobile Bravada Base: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine
  • Luxurious interior
  • Sleekly styled exterior
  • Ride quality
  • Spacious interior

You Won't Like

  • Lack of third row seating

Sum Up

A sleek and stylish mid-size SUV distinguished from the competition by its powerful engine.

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