The 1996 Chevrolet S10 compact pickup acts as a handy little truck, packing enough punch to be ideal as a work truck while still not taking up tons of space. The S10 offers the buyer plenty of choices; there are a variety of different colors, two different engines and transmissions, and cool optional features.
Body Styles: regular cab, extended cab
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet S10, Chevrolet S-10 LS, Chevrolet S10 LS Extended Cab
The 1996 Chevrolet S10 LS now is equipped with a v-6, instead of the usual four-cylinder. New features also make a debut such as a sport suspension and Sportside cargo box.
The 1996 Chevrolet S10 is offered in two body styles: a regular cab and an extended cab. The base is 188.6 inches long, while the extended cab measures 203.3 inches long. All models are offered in a wide range of colors with five new exterior paints. Other standard features include 15-inch wheels, steel wheels, and a rear step bumper. Optional features include manual sliding rear window, alloy wheels, fog lights, hinged third door, and power windows and mirrors.
The 1996 Chevrolet S10 offers a very comfortable ride with a spacious interior and comfortable seating. The only drawback is that the driver seat sits a little low, which may be a problem for some. Regardless, it has easy-to-read gauges and great visibility; it has large mirrors that help the driver worry less about not seeing their surroundings. Many additional options are offered, such as radio and CD player, air-conditioning, cruise control, and tachometer.
Performance & Handling
The Chevrolet S10 has two different engine options: a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine with 118 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque or a 4.3-liter, V-6 engine with 170 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque. For being such a small vehicle, it has all the power needed for not only regular cruising but hauling, too. The S10 gets the choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The truck performs well with both transmissions, but the five-speed really helps with performance.
The Chevrolet S10 comes standard with a driver airbag and anti-lock brakes with fog lights as an option. Unfortunately, this little truck did not score so well in crash tests. The truck only scored three out of five stars for the driver’s safety, and one of five stars for the passenger safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet S10 Base: 23/30 mpg city/highway
- Plenty of added features
- Great Visibility
- Variety of choices
You Won't Like
- Low seating for the driver
- Bad crash test ratings
- Cheap dashboard
Little truck that packs a punch.
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