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1996 Chevrolet T10

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1996 Chevrolet T10 Review

Quiet and sudden like a ninja.

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Overview

The Chevrolet T10 is a midsize pickup and sport-utility vehicle that is available with three trims: the base regular cab, the base extended cab, and the Blazer SUV. It boasts a slightly refined 4.3-liter V-6 engine that runs quietly with less vibration. The T10 is ideal for anyone in need of a truck or SUV that offers comfort and practicality but still exudes a rugged toughness. First time drivers are often amazed by how easily it can be maneuvered and how effortless it is to drive.

The Range

Body Styles: extended cab, regular cab, SUV
Engines: 2.2-liter I-4, 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet T10 pickup, Chevrolet T10 Blazer

What's New

The 1996 Chevrolet T10 gets a Vortec 4300 engine, which is just an enhanced 4.3-liter V-6. Some other refinements such as a stiffer engine block and changes to the A/C compressor have also come with the new name. These changes have quieted noise and have considerably calmed vibration levels.

Exterior

The 1996 Chevrolet T10 regular and extended cabs have solid black front and rear bumpers. However, the Blazer has a black front bumper with a rear integrated chrome bumper to go with its bright chrome trim. Each trim includes daytime running lights, halogen bulb headlights, two-speed intermittent windshield wipers, a fixed rear window, foldable mechanical mirrors, and tinted glass.

The 1996 Chevrolet T10 also includes a straight side pickup bed and external driver and passenger-side adjustable mirrors. These mirrors are power adjustable with the Blazer, which also includes removable roof rails. Each model rides a 191-inch wheelbase.

Interior

The 1996 Chevrolet T10 regular cab has cloth interior upholstery with split-bench seating to fit up to three occupants. Frontal headroom space is at 40 inches with front legroom at 42.4 inches. Head restraints on the front seats are height adjustable. Meanwhile, the ashtray and glove compartments can be illuminated and a bright digital clock is visible with reading lights in the front of the vehicle. Storage space is also abundant; both the driver and passenger have door pockets and storage bins. The cab trims come standard with driver-side frontal airbag, Stereo Delco four-speaker audio system with AM/FM radio, cup holders, a cigar lighter, power steering, a plastic steering wheel, floor covering, rear view mirror, a passenger vanity mirror, and a ventilation system integrating four fan speeds.

The 1996 Chevrolet T10 extended cab shares much of the same interior features as the regular cab but seats up to five occupants with two rear seats. The front seat’s center also has a folding armrest with integral box. The Blazer has most of the aforementioned features but seats up to six people with an asymmetrical split bench rear seat accommodating three occupants. Standard features include air-conditioning, rear cargo doors, a floor console with covered storage, an illuminated entry system, power locks, an electric remote for trunk and hatch release, and a leather steering wheel.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Chevrolet T10 gives a kind of driving performance that depend a lot on where or how the vehicle is being driven. While it's a quiet and composed drive in an urban setting, visibility from the driver’s seat is very good and is relatively easy to maneuver. Highway performance can be tricky but remains just as effortless to drive as it is in the city. However, the suspension makes any road imperfection quite noticeable and sudden stops can be jarring. Engine noise and vibration are minimal, and the V-6 performance is best at a lower rpm range.

Safety

There is no available NHTSA crash test rating for the 1996 Chevrolet T10.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet T10 pickup: 18/22 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet T10 Blazer: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • V-6 engine
  • Visibility
  • Quiet

You Won't Like

  • Highway performance
  • Suspension
  • Reduced horsepower

Sum Up

Quiet and sudden like a ninja.

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