Oldsmobile Bravada

The Oldsmobile Bravada is a midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) of three generations. The first generation ran from 1991 to 1994, the second generation from 1996 to 2001, and the third generation from 2002 to 2004.

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Oldsmobile Bravada Origins

It classifies as a luxury vehicle with the trimmings and fittings to go with the label, including interior leather upholstery, refined cushioning for greater comfort, passenger and cargo room, and comfort features befitting of luxury vehicles. As the years progress, the box-like appearance of the older models taper out to more aerodynamic and curvy designs that give it a refined look.

The maneuverability and stability systems of the vehicle saw improvement over the years to make them work in tandem with its speed and engine power specifications. These changes include modifications on the rear drive, four-wheel drive, or permanent four-wheel drive technology, and the anti-lock braking system (ABS).

About the Oldsmobile Bravada

The Oldsmobile Bravada is known for year-to-year improvements in terms of safety and appearance to keep up with the SUV luxury label of the brand. Having been developed with driver and passenger safety in mind, earlier models show little change except for a tweak of the body work to give it revamped head lamps. The model makes provision for a sunroof as an option and comes with an aesthetically appealing front look, as well as a better and more user-friendly instrument panel for the driver and front passenger. By the time the 2001 Bravada came on the block, in keeping with the luxury vehicle designation, such conveniences as a driver’s seat with memory and independent temperature controls for the driver and the front seat passenger had been established as standard features.

Oldsmobile Bravada Features

The 2004 Bravada Oldsmobile uses rear drive and has a four-door SUV body style measuring 74.5 inches in height, 75.4 inches in width, and an impressive 191.8 inches in length sitting. It sits on a 113-inch wheelbase with a ground clearance of eight inches and rolls on 245-65R17 tires that fit on alloy wheels. It offers 40.2 inches of headroom and 43.1 inches of legroom in the front, while rear passengers enjoy 39.6 inches headroom and 37.1 inches legroom. Other comfort and convenience features include cruise control, a navigation system, steering and audio controls fitted on the steering wheel, and factory tinted glass.

The 2004 Bravada uses a four-speed automatic transmission with one engine option, the 4.2-liter I6, 275-hp engine. The EPA rates it at 16/22 mpg city/highway. The vehicle employs several stability and better control features, including an independent front wheel and rear wheel suspension and ABS.

Oldsmobile Bravada Evolution

The 1991 Oldsmobile Bravada comes in one trim with a 4.3-liter V-6 that produces 160 hp using a four-speed automatic transmission. The EPA rates it at 17/22 mpg city/highway. Its close follower, the 1992 Bravada, comes in only one trim that uses a four-speed automatic transmission paired with a 4.3-liter, 12-valve V-6, generating 200 hp at 4600 rpm and spewing 260 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm. Its EPA rating improves over that of its predecessor to 16/21 mpg city/highway. Subsequent releases show few changes, though convenience and safety features on the suspension did undergo improvements each year.

The 1996 to 2001 Oldsmobile Bravada comes in one trim and the body shape looks a lot more curvy and aerodynamic than earlier models. However, the four-speed automatic transmission vehicle still sports a 4.3-liter, 12-valve, 190-hp engine that produces 250 lb-ft of torque. The following year’s edition shows little change except that the four-wheel disc brakes come as a standard feature on the vehicle.

The 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada takes on a more sophisticated look with a change to the headlamps and the front grille. This edition also adds a sunroof as a standard feature, and the front panel takes on a lot more settings, including air-conditioning and audio controls.

The 1999 Bravada edition adds independent driver and passenger temperature controls as well as factory tinted glass. The 2000 Bravada features a more sophisticated safety system, offering better traction control and handling. The 2001 Bravada independent temperature controls for the driver and passenger remain in this model, and the engine capacity stays the same.

The 2002 to 2004 Bravada models underwent changes in the suspension and maneuverability systems to improve safety. Each subsequent model focuses on this goal. The safety of this vehicle lays a good foundation for later vehicle safety technology.

The 2004 Bravada represents the last edition of the vehicle, and it offers two options, namely the two-wheel drive and the four-wheel drive models. This vehicle is a curvaceous beauty that the EPA rates at 16/22 mpg city/highway. It too contains a standard 4.2-liter I6, 275-hp engine.

Select an Oldsmobile Bravada Year

2004 Oldsmobile Bravada

SUV, Utility/Offroad

In 2004, the Oldsmobile reign was coming to an end, making any model a hard sell.

2003 Oldsmobile Bravada

SUV, Utility/Offroad

By itself, the 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada makes a nice sport utility vehicle, but closer examination reveals that it looks very similar to the other GM midsize SUV offerings.

2002 Oldsmobile Bravada

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada is a midsize sport utility vehicle, which veers very much on the luxurious side.

2001 Oldsmobile Bravada

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2001 Oldsmobile Bravada is part of a trio of General Motors SUVs that also includes the Chevrolet Blazer and the GMC Jimmy.

2000 Oldsmobile Bravada

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada is the result of a major redesign that took place in 1998.

1999 Oldsmobile Bravada

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada is a luxury compact SUV intended to compete with the Chevy Blazer and the GMC Jimmy.

1998 Oldsmobile Bravada

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada classifies as a luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a wide range of standard equipment.

1997 Oldsmobile Bravada

SUV, Utility/Offroad, Wagon

The 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada is not the best vehicle in the line.

1996 Oldsmobile Bravada

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada serves as a luxury sport utility vehicle.