The Chevrolet S-10 is a midsize pickup truck. The trend in today’s compact truck market is for these vehicles to become more carlike. Chevy, like most manufacturers looking for success in this market niche, gradually transformed each of its smaller scale pickup trucks into everyday cars. The challenge in doing this has been for these vehicles to not lose its identity as useful machines. The Chevrolet S-Series has been successful in creating a vehicle line that meshes the blissfulness of compact cars with the durability and toughness for hard use and play. The Chevy S-10 is such an example. It is geared to a younger demographic that are just as much into its sporty exterior packaging than its capability as a full-size pickup truck. The S-10 is sold as a two- and four-wheel-drive truck with several different configurations. The S-10 can have a short or long pickup bed, a short or extended wheelbase, and a Fleetside or Sportside box. Better yet, the 2000 Chevrolet S-10 is not only versatile but affordable as well.
Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 2.2-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet S-10, Chevrolet S-10 LS, Chevrolet S-10 LS Xtreme, Chevrolet S-10 LS Wide Stance
The 2000 Chevy S-10 is introducing some new enhancements to heighten performance and durability this year. Improvements have been made to the S-10’s engine, exhaust system, five-speed manual overdrive transmission, and the four-wheel anti-lock braking system. An optional ZR2 package offers a new axle ratio to improve the S-10’s acceleration. Extended cab trucks are now available as a base trim this model year, and the exterior moldings on the LS models have been revised. Space Blue is this year’s fresh paint color.
The S-10 is available in three sizes. The regular cab models can have a cargo bed measuring anywhere from six feet to seven and a half feet depending on the length of the bed truck. The extended cab has a six-foot cargo bed. Because the Chevy S-10 is targeted to younger buyers, there are visuals like flared red fenders on Sportside models with the six-foot bed. There is also an option labeled as the Xtreme Package, which is available as either a regular or extended cab with an optional Fleetside or Sportside box, the choice between a four-cylinder or V-6 engine that is matched with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission with base or LS trim.
This sporty package offers a low ride experience. Its ZQ8 suspension is lowered by about two inches. It stands out in a crowd thanks to its colored grille, bumpers, 16-inch aluminum wheels, spoilers that practically hug the ground below, and full ground effects with wheel flares. The Xtreme Package is only available with two-wheel drive and is super sweet, especially with the extended cab LS Sportside trim and V-6 engine matched with a five-speed manual transmission. The ZR2 is an off-road S-10 package showcasing widened front fender, wheel flares, and cargo bed panels. The S-10 comes with standard 15-inch tires, recirculating ball steering, and independent front suspension with live axle rear suspension.
The S-10 interior can seat anywhere from two to five occupants. It is all dependent on budget and styling preference. The interior seats can be configured in a number of different ways. There can be a three-seat vinyl bench, a cloth version of that same bench, bucket seats, or a split front bench with a center armrest. While the three-seat bench is ideal, the physical size of the occupants does come into play. It is a tight squeeze for any more than two large adults. The extended cab S-10 models offer two folding rear jump seats; however, the optional third door eliminates one seat on the driver’s side. These seats are quite comfortable for short road jaunts.
Even if there is no need or desire for the rear jump seats, the extended cab is a logical model option since the regular cab S-10 models do not provide much storage capacity. Ride comfort is typically smooth. Headroom is abundant, and the seating is quite comfortable. Gauges are logically placed, easy to read, and access. The dashboard suffers from the use of cheap interior plastics.
Performance & Handling
The S-10’s ride is quiet, smooth, and super comfortable. Cabin noise is minimal. Just keep in mind that power may be lacking with the four-cylinder engine, but it gets great gas mileage. The V-6 engine Is stronger and can go zero to 60 mph in approximately 10 seconds. A V-8 engine or supercharged V-8 engine would be ideal but are not options. Caution is advised on wet roads since the back of the vehicle is relatively light in weight.
Unlike the Ranger and other competing vehicles, four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard with the S-10. NHTSA crash test ratings gave the 2000 Chevy S-10 two stars for driver safety in frontal impact crashes, three stars for passenger safety in frontal impact crashes, and three stars for front of the vehicle safety in side impact crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet S-10, 2.2-liter I-4: 23/29 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet S-10, 4.4-liter V-6: 17/22 mpg city/highway
- Sleek styling
- Fuel efficient 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine
- Optional V-6 power
- ZR2 package off-road capabilities
- Sporty Xtreme model
You Won't Like
- Use of cheap plastic for interior trim
- Spotty build
- Low seating positions with tall steering wheel
- Poor crash test ratings
Versatile and priced just right without sacrificing its machismo.
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