1999 S-10 New Car Test Drive
Most people won't like the Chevrolet S-10 ZR-2 pickup, but a very select few will simply adore it. Why? Because it is very specialized: It has a special frame, special tires, special wheels, special shocks, special springs. It's built to be especially good off-road and the chassis is designed with that as the premier prerogative. Ride quality, on-road handling, fuel mileage and ease of climbing in all suffer as a result of its off-road orientation. That's unfortunate for most, but off-road enthusiasts will revel in the things most see as shortcomings.
The rest of the Chevy S-10 line has considerably wider appeal. Chevrolet sells nearly 200,000 S-10 trucks in a multitude of configurations. There are regular cab models with short and long beds and an extended cab with a short bed. Two- and four-wheel drive is available. They come in base and LS trim. New for '99 is an Xtreme model with a 2-inch lower ride and ground effects trim. The base engine is a 2.2-liter inline-4, but a 4.3-liter V6 is available with 175 to 190 horsepower, depending on the model. There's an S-10 pickup for just about anyone.