1995 Chevrolet S10

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1995 Chevrolet S10 Review

A solid compact truck with lots to offer.

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The 1995 Chevrolet S10 is a compact pickup truck manufactured by General Motors. The S10 was introduced in 1982 as a successor to the Chevrolet LUV, which was basically just a rebadged Isuzu KB.

The 1995 Chevrolet S10 is identical to the GMC Sonoma, except for some differences in the insignia, tailgate treatment, and grille. Both trucks shared the same powertrain. It's a part of the second generation.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab, extended cab
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 2.2-liter I-4, 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet S10 LS, Chevrolet S10

What's New

The 1995 Chevrolet S10 gets a driver airbag with daytime running lights as standard features. The extended cab model has a new ZR2 off-road package, and the lock and power window buttons are now backlit for easy operation at night. All models now have remote keyless entry as an option, and a single key now unlocks and locks the doors and operates the ignition. The 4.3-liter V-6 engine is also available with manual transmission.


The 1995 Chevrolet S10 underwent a major design overhaul the previous year, although most of its chassis components are still shared with the first generation. For example, the A-frames are pretty much the same even though the first generation used it from GM’s G-body lineup.

The 1995 Chevrolet S10 with a regular cab and short cargo bed has a length of 190 inches, while the long cargo bed increases its length to 205 inches. The extended cab models are only available with a short cargo bed, which places the overall length at 203 inches.


The 1995 Chevrolet S10 has a much roomier cabin than its previous generation, especially in terms of rear seat and storage space. It has an additional glass area to not only offer good visibility on all sides, but also render an airy feel to the cabin. Legroom and headroom are adequate for the front and rear, and the gauges are clearly marked and easy to read.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Chevrolet S10 is available with different engines under the hood. The base engine is a 2.2-liter, straight-four engine that delivers 118 horsepower. An optional 4.3-liter, V-6 engine is available that delivers 165 horsepower, and an enhanced version delivers 195 horsepower.

The S10 feels quite solid. The V-6 engines offer good acceleration, and the automatic transmission offers smooth, but sometimes delayed downshifts. The delays are more noticeable during low-speed passes. The engines are relatively quiet, but tend to get rough and loud in cold weather.

The 1995 Chevrolet S10 four-cylinder engine is also quite good with manual transmission. The ride quality is comparable to that of many cars, and the suspension does a great job in absorbing bumps, reducing bounces, and keeping the ride smooth. The optional suspension and tire combinations are a little rougher.

But the 1995 Chevrolet S10 has a downside; the tail tends to hop over sharp bumps and ridges when the cargo bed is empty. Body lean is also quite evident when the truck is turning, but it still feels balanced and poised.


The 1995 Chevrolet S10 has no crash test information available.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet S10: 20/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious cabin
  • Powerful V-6 engines
  • Well-placed controls
  • Good ride quality

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lack of room at the rear

Sum Up

A solid compact truck with lots to offer.

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