The GMC Jimmy was a mid-size SUV offered by the GMC division of General Motors. Sold from 1983 to 2001 as a 2-door SUV, the Jimmy was based on the S15 Sonoma compact pickup, sharing many of its mechanical components and exterior styling. A 4-door variant of the Jimmy was finally released in 1990, allowing the Jimmy to compete on an equal footing with the Ford Explorer and Jeep Cherokee. The Jimmy was also available with 4-wheel drive as an option on both 2-door and 4-door body styles.
Despite playing host to a variety of gasoline and diesel powerplants, engine choices were reduced in later years to a single offering. The 2001 model year featured the 4.3-liter Vortec V6 as the Jimmy's sole powerplant. This engine generated 190 horsepower at 4400 rpm and a healthy 250 pound feet of torque at 2800 rpm. The 2-door Jimmy received a 5-speed manual as standard. A 4-speed automatic transmission was standard on the 4-door Jimmy and optional on the 2-door body style. Towing capacity for the Jimmy ranges from 3900 pounds to 5700 pounds, depending on the drivetrain.
The GMC Jimmy was created alongside the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer as competitors to the Ford Bronco II and other small 2-door SUVs. The Blazer and Jimmy are relatively identical to one another with differences largely being badges, trim choices and a few exterior cosmetic pieces. The 4-door versions of the Jimmy and Blazer appeared in 1990, along with an upscale Oldsmobile variant known as the Bravada, years after the Jeep Cherokee and Wagoneer sparked an interest in 4-door SUVs. The Jimmy is best known for being the basis of the GMC Typhoon, a high performance version that featured a turbocharged version of the 4.3-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 360 pound feet of torque.
Trims and models for the GMC Jimmy included the SLS, SLE, SLT, Diamond Edition and the top-of-the-line Envoy. The Envoy featured many of the same amenities as the upscale Oldsmobile Bravada and distinguished itself from other Jimmy models with distinct body cladding and trim. Options throughout the Jimmy model range included leather seats, cruise control, overhead console with storage, keyless entry, heated mirrors and premium audio system.
Prices for the GMC Jimmy started at under $20,000 for the SLS, with the 4-wheel drive Envoy topping the list at nearly $35,000. Fuel economy figures for the Jimmy varied depending on the drivetrain used; 4-wheel drive Jimmy variants always achieved lower fuel economy figures due to the added weight and drag of the 4-wheel drive components. These figures ranged from 15 miles per gallon in city driving to 18 miles per gallon on the highway to 16 miles per gallon and 22 miles per gallon, respectively.
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