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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Overview

Bigger Bravada Is Better Than Ever

Oldsmobile's new Bravada shares its platform roots with the excellent GMC Envoy and Chevrolet TrailBlazer. Given the now-confirmed demise of the Oldsmobile line, it is uncertain what will become of the Bravada, and that is too bad, because it really is a nicely put together package. Although nearly all of the Bravada's sheet metal is unique, it manages to maintain a strong family resemblance to the rest of the Oldsmobile line. Enormous 17-inch wheels are standard and are the widest wheels GM offers on this class of SUV. Owners can opt for such luxury features as perforated-leather bucket seats with memory and heat. Front-side airbags are standard for 2002.

Another feature unique to the Bravada is the rear-suspension system. In place of traditional metal springs, the Bravada employs two bladders, constructed of heavy rubber, that cushion the ride. The bladders are monitored by a computer and inflate or deflate according to road conditions. When combined with the new five-link rear suspension, the Bravada's handling dynamics become vastly better than those of the model it replaces.

Power for the Bravada comes from GM's all-new inline six-cylinder engine. At only 4.2-liters it is reported to be capable of producing 250-horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque, more than enough to move the Bravada with ease. As with the last Bravada, an all-wheel drive system is standard, but Oldsmobile may offer a two-wheel drive version later in the model year.

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