1997 Chevrolet T10

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1997 Chevrolet T10 Review

A hardworking compact truck.

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The 1997 Chevrolet T10 is the four-wheel-drive version of the popular S10 series. Unfortunately, the safety ratings are disappointing. Plenty of engine options and great value make the T10 a good small-size truck. The extended cab models have tight rear seating, but it offers additional storage as well. Interior and exterior designs are rather dated, and the T10 hasn't seen any major upgrades for 1997. Overall, the T10 is a small four-wheel-drive truck with some safety issues.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 118-hp 2.2-liter V-8, 4.3-liter V-6, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet T10, Chevrolet T10 LS

What's New

Chevrolet improves the engine in the T10 with more power and more torque. These four-cylinder trucks now accelerate better and come standard with a four-wheel anti-lock brake system. A third door access panel is added to extended cab models for easier storage and passenger entry and exit. An updated suspension lends the T10 a sportier feel.


The 1997 Chevrolet T10 comes in more than twenty color options. An extended cab option is available in both the base and the LS model. The base and LS come with 15-inch steel wheels, with the option of alloy wheels. Other options for the LS include two-tone paint, camper and towing packages, and fog lights for additional visibility.


The interior of the T10 comes standard with cloth seating. The seat in the cab is a split-bench seat. Luxuries like air-conditioner, cruise control, and bucket seats cost extra. Other interior options include leather steering wheel trim, a premium audio system, delayed/fade courtesy lights with two switches, front-seat cup holders, power windows and locks, and door storage areas for the driver’s and front passenger seats. The interior is basic and practical.

Performance & Handling

With plenty of engine options, power steering, and standard rear-wheel anti-lock brakes, the 1997 Chevrolet T10 has great handling and solid performance. Standard four-wheel drive makes the T10 practical for some off-road uses.


The Chevrolet T10 comes standard with a driver's side airbag, three-point reel front seatbelts on the driver’s side, three-point reel seatbelts on the front passenger’s seat, and lap static front seatbelts on the center seat. Anti-lock brakes come standard in the T10 LS, but they are optional for the base model. Daytime running lights increase the visibility of the T10. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted extensive safety tests on the T10. During these crash tests, the NHTSA awarded the T10 with one out of five stars for passenger side front-impact safety, making the passenger's side extremely unsafe in the event of a head-on collision. The NHTSA rated the driver's side three out of five stars for safety. Overall, the Chevrolet T10 has some safety issues.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet T10: 21/22 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet T10: 21/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Four-wheel drive
  • Decent fuel economy

You Won't Like

  • Classic design
  • Lack of standard features

Sum Up

A hardworking compact truck.

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