1998 Toyota T-100
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1998 Toyota T-100 Review
The epitome of Toyota tough.
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The 1998 Toyota T100 is a two-door pickup truck. It has seating for up to six occupants and appears to be a full-size truck when compared to the Toyota compact. However, it is actually between a full-size and a midsize. It is available in five models and three trims, which are the Standard, DX, and SR5. The models range from a four-cylinder base to a 3.4-liter V-6 extended cab. The T-100 is for someone who wants more than a compact truck but has no need for the power of a V-8.
Engines: 2.7-liter four-cylinder, 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota T-100 Base, Toyota T-100 DX, Toyota T-100 SR5
The 1998 Toyota T100 doesn't make any notable changes.
The 1998 Toyota T100 is in between a mid-size and a full-size, but is categorized as a full-size pickup. Steel wheels measuring 16 inches are standard equipment. Optional exterior equipment includes a chrome step bumper, a sunroof, alloy wheels, and running boards. Also optional, are a bed liner and a trailer hitch. The exterior measurements of the truck are 75.2 inches wide, 67.2 inches tall, and 209.1 inches long, and the wheelbase measures 121.8 inches.
The 1998 Toyota T100's dashboard is modern and convenient with one exception: the climate controls are blocked when the cup holders at the top of the dash are being utilized. There is enough room for three adults to sit on the front seat; however, the middle passenger would be cramped. Their knees are about an inch away from the stereo and their feet have to rest on the transmission. The XtraCab’s front passenger seat easily slides forward for rear entrance, but it still takes a great deal of effort to enter and exit the backseat. However, once in, there is adequate foot and legroom. Unfortunately, the rear-seat padding is inadequate and uncomfortable. Included standard features are a front bench seat, vinyl seating, and power steering. Optional interior features include a tilting steering wheel, intermittent windshield wipers, cloth seating, and an AM/FM CD and cassette audio system.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Toyota T100's four-cylinder engine is lacking in power. The two-wheel-drive version with the 3.4-liter V-6 has adequate acceleration, but the acceleration is lacking in the XtraCab four-wheel drive. The automatic is quick off the line and accelerates well but starts feeling sluggish at around 30 mph. While it is more stable than numerous comparable trucks, it does a lot of bumping with an empty cargo bed. It steers and handles well and has a noticeable lack of cabin noise except during hard acceleration.
The 1998 Toyota T100 rated four out of five stars for front impact driver side protection and a perfect five-star rating for front impact passenger side protection by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota T-100 2WD four-cylinder 2.7-liter five speed manual: 17/22 mpg city/highway
Toyota T-100 2WD six-cylinder 3.4-liter four-speed automatic: 16/19 city/highway
Toyota T-100 2WD six-cylinder 3.4-liter five-speed manual: 15/19 city/highway
Toyota T-100 4WD six-cylinder 3.4-liter four-speed automatic: 14/16 city/highway
Toyota T-100 4WD six-cylinder 3.7-liter five-speed manual: 15/18 city/highway
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You Won't Like
- No available V-8
- Four-cylinder lacking in power
- Uncomfortable rear seat
- Difficult rear entry and exit
The epitome of Toyota tough.
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