|Midsize SUV; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $1,500 – $4,400*|
1995 GMC Jimmy 4-door wagon
1996 GMC Jimmy Highlander 2-door wagon
1996 GMC Jimmy 4-door wagon
1997 GMC Jimmy interior
1997 GMC Jimmy 4-door wagon
Although the GMC Jimmy and similar Chevrolet Blazer are not at the front of the compact sport-utility field, they’re close enough to the leaders to deserve a close look.
The redesigned GMC Jimmy came in 2- and 4-door body styles, with rear-wheel drive or on-demand, part-time 4-wheel drive. Permanently engaged 4WD became available in mid-1995. Chevrolet continued to offer their similar Blazer. Wheelbase remained the same as before, but both bodies were 4.8 inches longer overall and 2.4 inches wider. Each wore rounded sheetmetal, and the 2-door featured slanted rear roof pillars. Interior reworking included addition of the driver-side airbag. A 195-horsepower 4.3-liter V6 was the sole engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission standard. Five-speed manual shift would became available later, but only on 2-door models. Full-time 4-wheel antilock brakes returned as standard equipment.
For ’96, the Jimmy’s engine was replaced by a Vortec V6 with five fewer horses. Automatic transmissions added an interlock that requires the brake to be applied before shifting into a drive gear. Five-speed transmissions became available, but only on 2-door models. Daytime running lights were new. Oldsmobile launched a luxury Bravada version after the 1996 model year began, with full-time 4-wheel drive.
Automatic transmissions could now be equipped with a floor shift lever when ordered with bucket seats. A one-piece liftgate became optional at no extra cost on 4-doors. Four-wheel disc brakes were installed on SLT models with permanent 4WD.
All Jimmys got a redesigned front end and an all-new dashboard with dual airbags. GMC also added a high-zoot luxury Jimmy called Envoy. The full-time 4WD system was dropped.
Full-time 4WD returned in the form of Autotrac, which automatically engaged or disengaged 4WD as needed. Envoy returned and a new 2000 Diamond Edition further distanced the GMC from the similar Blazer. Also new were available steering-wheel audio controls and an 8-way power passenger seat.
SL models disappeared, leaving better-equipped SLS 2-doors and SLE 4-doors. Introduced as an early 2000 model, the Diamond Edition 4-door had brushed-aluminum exterior accents and specific interior trim. The previously optional “Luxury Ride Suspension” package, with gas-charged absorbers and front/rear stabilizer bars, was now standad on all 4-door models.
In 2001, Envoy was replaced by a top-line 4-door Diamond Edition of the Jimmy, and the Jimmy would die shortly thereafter, replaced by an all-new Envoy.