Kelley Blue Book ® - 2003 Chevrolet S10 Pickup Overview

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KBB.com 2003 Chevrolet S10 Pickup Overview

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Now You Can Haul More People And Cargo

In the world of compact pickup trucks, the S10 is one of the most venerable and varied examples available. A longtime favorite of both the working class and weekend warriors everywhere, the S10's combination of rugged good looks, powerful engines and a reasonable price tag have helped make it one of the best selling compact trucks to date.

Building on an already strong platform, the S10 Crew Cab utilizes the frame, engine and interior of the base S10 but improves on the design by stretching the cab, adding an additional 15-inches to the base truck's overall length. This extra sheet metal is molded into a full-size rear cab with two fully-functioning doors. Now your passengers can exit and enter without you having to open your door and flip your seat forward. The Crew Cab's rear bench seat is fairly comfortable, though the seat bottom could be a bit longer for better thigh support. So long as the front seats are not fully extended, the Crew Cab can accommodate two grown adults in relative comfort. We also applaud Chevrolet for placing integrated headrests on the back seats, serving as a necessary barrier between passenger's heads and the glass rear window.

As for the rest of the interior, you'll find the fit and finish to be first rate, though there is an awful lot of gray plastic used throughout the cabin. We know it's a pickup truck, but a little color wouldn't hurt. Everything else inside the S10 is aimed at making the interior as car-like as possible. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, overhead console storage, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, power heated side-view mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, cruise control, cloth seating, a leather-wrapped tilt-steering wheel and full instrumentation including fuel, temperature, voltmeter and oil pressure gauges. Outside you'll find color-keyed bumpers and mirrors, a full bed liner, tinted privacy glass on the rear doors and window and 15-inch alloy wheels.

From the driver's seat, you'll find you have a good view of both the road and the interior instruments. The standard S10 front seat is a 60/40 split bench that can hold three adults (two comfortably.) A noteworthy option is the heated-leather bucket seats that include an eight-way power driver's seat and two-way adjustable lumbar support for both the driver and passenger. Overall interior comfort is good in the S10 and the smooth ride and well-insulated interior bolster the feeling that you are riding in a much more expensive vehicle.

The S10's extended passenger accommodations do eat into the cargo area, shortening the bed to a mere 4 feet. You can still fit most everything you want in to the S10's bed, you just might have to drop the rear gate to get it to fit and strap on a few extra tie-down cables to secure it in place.

Because the S10 Crew Cab is the top-of-the-line model, Chevrolet has seen fit to make 4WD and a potent V6 engine standard equipment. A 4.3-liter Vortec engine that produces 190 horsepower and 250 lb-ft. of torque at 2800 rpm powers the S10 Crew Cab. You'll find the Vortec to provide a rational balance between necessary power and decent fuel economy; you'll also find it to be a great asset when off-roading or towing. The S10's standard transmission is a four-speed automatic with electronic overdrive; no manual is offered.

The S10 Crew Cab's standard Insta-Trak 4WD system is a feature you'll truly appreciate if you live anywhere near snow, sand or mud. With a simple push of a button, the system engages the front axle giving you true four-wheel drive ability; should the going get really hairy, you can switch to two-wheel low, that locks the rear differential and slows the tires speed to a near crawl. Though the system is great off road, it cannot be left on when driving on dry pavement as the wheels must be able to slip in order to avoid damaging the differentials.

Chevrolet offers a number of appearance packages and stand alone options that let you customize your S10; they include the ZR5 trim package, a lockable tonneau cover, upgraded audio, a limited slip rear differential and upgraded aluminum wheels.

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