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2001 Chevrolet S10 Review

A worthy successor to the legend.

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Compact pickup trucks serve as a middle ground for some drivers. While they lack the sheer power and capacity of a full-size truck, they usually offer a lower base price, better fuel economy, and better handling than full-size trucks. As a result, they provide pickup truck drivers a more practical option for an everyday vehicle. While less powerful than a full-size pickup truck, compact pickups have far better payload capacity than most everyday vehicles. The 2001 Chevrolet S-10 marks the company’s entry into this market for drivers that find the Silverado too impractical for day-to-day use.

Despite the focus on everyday usage, the S-10 is still predominately a utilitarian vehicle. Even with the higher-end LS trim, amenities remain fairly sparse. The S-10 does not offer a suburban cruiser. It better suits drivers who want a more practical and efficient pickup and willingly sacrifice payload to get it. It’s a light workhorse more than anything else. While it feels fairly comfortable to ride in and could make an acceptable family vehicle with the crew cab, it aims toward professionals who need to haul equipment through cities and other tight driving conditions.

The Range

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

What's New

The new 2001 Chevrolet S-10 comes in a four-door crew cab. A national low-emission vehicle (NLEV) provides an option.


The 2001 Chevrolet S-10 offers a regular cab, extended cab, or four-door crew cab. The crew cab only comes on the S-10 LS. The regular cab S-10 measures 190 inches long, while the extended cab and crew cab S-10s total 205 inches long. As a result, the bed length remains fairly equivalent between the cab options, despite the difference in cab size. Most drivers never notice the difference.


Despite the focus on everyday usage, the amenities list on both Chevrolet S-10 models remains fairly minimalistic. The base model includes a standard AM/FM radio. The S-10 LS adds a CD player to the standard features list. The seating feels comfortable, although some drivers find the driver’s seat too lowly placed. The crew cab comfortably seats four adults, although it advertises a five-person capacity.

Performance & Handling

The Chevrolet S-10 blurs the lines between utilitarian pickups and everyday vehicles. Overall, it does a decent job of this. Handling feels almost car-like and takes a noticeable step away from the less-responsive handling normally associated with pickup trucks. However, it does not quite bridge the gap between the pickup and car, and many compact pickup trucks offer similar performance. The engines perform adequately, especially given the low price tag. However, the Chevrolet S-10 doesn’t match the more utility-oriented pickup models. Even with the same engine, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 makes the better choice for hauling cargo. Despite this, the 2001 Chevrolet S-10 does find a good balance between the two areas. It proves far more effective as a cargo hauler than most everyday passenger vehicles and handles much easier than full-size pickups.


The Chevrolet S-10 comes equipped with dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on all models. Traction control comes as standard equipment on the extended cab and crew cab models. Despite an above average amount of safety features for a truck in this price range, the Chevrolet S-10 delivers a fairly weak performance in crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2001 Chevrolet S-10 an overall ?marginal? rating, with restraints getting the lowest rating of ?poor.?

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet S-10 2.2-liter four-cylinder: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet S-10 4.3-liter six-cylinder: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Decent fuel economy with base engine
  • Low price

You Won't Like

  • Weak build quality
  • Marginal IIHS crash test rating
  • Tough competition

Sum Up

A worthy successor to the legend.

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