..." Styling is pretty much identical to the Chevy Blazer and GMC Jimmy. The Bravada gets a unique grille and headlamp treatment, bumper trim, and body cladding. The overall effect distances the Olds far enough away from its corporate siblings to make it look and feel unique in a world populated by look-alike Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ford Explorers. A 4.3-liter Vortec V6 engine that makes 190 horsepower propels the Bravada's four wheels. Though strong, we find the V6 a strange choice when the Jeep and the Ford can be equipped with a V8 engine. The Explorer-based Mercury Mountaineer also has...
...The leather-covered "Aurora-style" front bucket seats proved comfortable, but the side bolsters squeak as they rub against the center console. The rear seats were moderately comfortable, but lacked rear headrests. All seats lacked seat heaters, a real concern for leather lovers come winter. While lacking the finely detailed polish of some competitors, the Oldsmobile Bravada provides a vehicle without a maze of options to work through. Its compact size, good handling and competence are easy to see. What's less easy to see is the distinction from its corporate cousins. But this truck is good...
...A stereo upgrade, with CD perhaps, would help. Maybe some more-refined controls instead of that clunky headlight switch designed for those wearing arctic mittens. That stuff works just fine in the pickup or Blazer, but we're talking upscale, here, and the competition's fierce. Also, like the Blazer and the pickup, there's no passenger-side airbag. The Bravada does get away with a V-6 instead of the V-8 offered in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Explorer/Mountaineer. The 4.3 liter engine is a strong performer, with enough torque to motivate the 2-ton Bravada and plenty of power for tireless...