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1997 Chevrolet S10

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1997 Chevrolet S10 Review

Looks like a truck, drives like a car.

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The 1997 Chevrolet S-10 combines the utility of a pickup truck with the practicality of a smaller vehicle. It classifies as a compact pickup that provides many of the benefits of a full-size truck but still offers decent fuel economy and performance. The S-10 offers several variants to choose from, including two bed lengths and the option of a regular or extended cab. It also has two wheelbase lengths to choose from. It offers four-wheel drive and two engine options.

The 1997 S-10 includes several exterior and interior features that make it both stylish and comfortable. Overall, the S-10 offers an excellent value because of its utility and efficiency.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet S-10 , Chevrolet S-10 LS

What's New

The 1997 Chevrolet S-10 shows considerable improvement on the previous year’s model. The foremost improvement concerns the frame of the two-wheel drive model which has been strengthened considerably by using new components. Furthermore, the automatic transmission gets redesigned to provide greater efficiency and smoother shifting. Finally, the 1997 Chevrolet S-10 comes in two more colors than the previous model: Medium Beige Mystique Metallic and Fairway Green Metallic.


The 1997 Chevrolet S-10 serves as a small pickup truck refined to give the comfort of a compact vehicle. Chevrolet offers seven different external options with the 1997 Chevrolet S-10 in the form of a long bed, a short bed, a fleetside box, a sportside box, an extended cab, a short wheelbase, and an extended wheelbase. While the S-10 looks rugged, it also remains practical as it comes with a third door option. The optional ZR2 package makes the exterior and wider and sees the addition of wheel flares and tougher suspension parts. The pickup truck runs on 15-inch wheels.


While the S-10 classifies as a compact pickup truck, it still provides a considerable level of interior comfort. The interior of the truck boasts a solid amount of headroom and supportive seats. Visibility in the truck looks great due to a low windshield and large mirrors. The front bench seat fits three adults, while the rear jump seat holds one extra passenger. The truck’s gauges look streamlined and easy to read. One downside to the S-10’s interior concerns the overuse of cheap materials.

Performance & Handling

The new automatic transmission proves much more efficient and shifts smoother than previous versions. The 1997 Chevrolet S-10 rides like a truck but drives more like a large sedan. At around 5200 rpm, the four-cylinder model generates 118 horsepower and 110 lb-ft of torque.


The 1997 Chevrolet S-10 comes standard with a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, a front driver airbag, traction control, and power brakes. It also makes use of daytime running lights.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet S-10 four-cylinder: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet S-10 V-6: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Decent engine on base models
  • Sporty design
  • Optional third door
  • Option for 4.3-liter V-6 engine
  • Optional four-wheel drive

You Won't Like

  • Poor interior building material
  • Low height of seats
  • Noisy third door

Sum Up

Looks like a truck, drives like a car.

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