The Chevrolet S-10 is a compact truck that was produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors from 1982 to 2004 for U.S. consumers. The S-10 stood as a compact alternative to the full-size C/K pickups, offering owners better fuel efficiency and a more manageable size. The S-10 offered a vast array of configurations and options. However, in the last year of production, the S-10 was reduced to a single trim level the four-wheel drive Crew Cab LS.
The S-10 came with two engine choices. Lesser trims were often paired with the 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine with multiport fuel injection. This engine produced 120 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 140 pound-feet of torque at 3600 rpm. The 4.3-liter Vortec V6 was the more popular and powerful option, with 190 horsepower at 4400 rpm and 250 pound feet of torque and 2800 rpm. Customers had to choose between a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Depending on the configuration, standard towing capacity stood between 2000 pounds and 5200 pounds. Maximum payload capacity ranged from 1000 pounds to nearly 1500 pounds. Fuel economy also depended on the configuration EPA estimates range from 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 28 miles per gallon on the highway with the 4-cylinder and 5-speed manual to 14 miles per gallon and 18 miles per gallon respectively with the four-wheel drive, 5-speed manual and Vortec V6.
The S-10 began life in 1982 as the successor of the Chevrolet LUV, a rebadged Isuzu that served as General Motors' first compact pickup. The S-10 was a domestically designed and produced compact pickup truck, with parts from other GM platforms used to keep costs down. Throughout its life, the S-10 would receive a different number of powerplants donated from other existing vehicles, such as the 2-liter 4-cylinder from the Cavalier and the 2.5-liter Iron Duke" 4-cylinder used in many Pontiacs. The S-10 and similar GMC S-15 Sonoma would later go on to spawn the Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy compact SUVs. Production of the S-10 officially ended in the U.S. in 2005, but it continues to be sold in the Brazilian market.
S-10 customers had a choice between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. The S-10 was also available in long bed and regular bed configurations, with regular, extended and crew cabs. The crew cab configuration automatically meant having a truncated box that isn't of much use for carrying long or bulky loads. The upside is that it was able to seat 5 adults in relative comfort. Standard equipment across the spectrum included driver and passenger side air bags and vehicle anti-theft. Equipment such as power windows, power door locks and keyless entry were standard only on the S-10 Crew Cab LS.
The MSRP for the Chevrolet S-10 began at approximately $14,770 for a basic two-wheel drive S-10, with rebates and other incentives reducing that amount considerably. The four-wheel drive Crew Cab LS stood at the top of the price chart with a MSRP of over $24,000. With the abundant number of configurations available, one could easily purchase a bare-bones work truck or splurge on a fully loaded Crew Cab with four-wheel drive capability.
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