2003 S-10 New Car Test Drive
Depending on how it's ordered, Chevrolet's S-10 Pickup can be a no-nonsense work truck with vinyl seats and vinyl floor. Or it can be more like that other car in the driveway, with full carpeting and velour seats. Or it can be like a sedan with four doors, amenities, and roominess. In all cases, the S-10 offers the utility of a pickup.
Whether hauling manure, driving to work, or heading into the backcountry, the S-10 LS can provide car-like comfort, even with four-wheel drive.
Two basic trim levels are available in the S-10 pickup line: the base model with rubber floor mats and the LS with full civilian comfort.
That's only the beginning, however, as the S-10, like most pickups, comes in a variety of configurations with wheelbases that span 108.3 inches, 117.9 inches and 122.9 inches. They are, of course, available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
2WD S-10s are now available in regular cab and extended cab versions; all come with a short box as the long box was dropped this year. 2WD models come standard with a 120-horsepower 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. A 180-horsepower 4.3-liter V6 is optional.
4x4 models come in regular cab short box or extended cab models, and the Crew Cab introduced last year (2001). All 4WD S-10s come standard with the V6 tuned to produce 190 horsepower.
A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional with either engine.
Two option packages are, as far as we're concerned, separate models unto themselves: the Xtreme, a low ride-height highly styled cruising truck, and the ZR2 Wide Stance Sport Performance Package that, with a higher ride height, wider track and even a stronger frame, is ready for the toughest of off-road duties.