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1995 Toyota T100 Truck

Xtracab 3.4L V6 Auto DX

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1995 Toyota T100 Truck

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1995 Toyota T100

Source: New Car Test Drive

Overview

When Toyota’s T100 pickup was introduced to the automotive press a couple years back, the reaction was like a parody of that part in Wild West movies where the good guys sense that something’s wrong. You know the line: "It’s quiet. Maybe too quiet."

The script didn’t need much alteration for the T100: "It’s nice. Maybe too nice."

Which was an oblique way of saying that the T100, conceived to challenge the all-American realm of full-size pickups, was short on power.

With a 3.0-liter V6 as its biggest engine, the T100 simply didn’t match the muscle of the U.S. trucks.

Toyota shopped around Big Three truck operations hoping to buy an American V8 for the T100. But the answer was "no sale". And Toyota didn’t want to compromise its Lexus line by adapting the Lexus V8 for use in a truck.

Nevertheless, Toyota has found more power for its big truck for 1995. By substituting a new 3.4-liter, DOHC 24-valve V6 for the previous 3.0-liter SOHC version, Toyota gives the T100 a 25 percent increase in horsepower and, more important in a truck, 22 percent more torque.

The net is a powertrain that gives the T100 parity versus the base engines of its competitors. It’s still a nice truck. But nice no longer equates with anemic.

Walkaround

The T100’s changes for 1995 are all functional; its appearance is unaltered. Styling is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the macho swagger of the Dodge Ram. The T100’s smooth lines are strongly reminiscent of Toyota’s smaller Compact Truck and accurately reflect this truck’s character. It’s a vehicle that’s capable of a fair amount of work and a better-than-average level of comfort when employed for all-around driving.

Available in two trim levels - base and DX - the T100 model count for ’95 is nine, the variations based primarily on powertrain options. Included under this heading are two transmissions (5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic), two engines (a 2.7-liter, DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder rated at the 150 hp and 177 pound-feet of torque is the base engine), and the choice of 2- or 4-wheel drive.

The 4WD system is Toyota’s easy-to-use 4Wheel Demand setup that can be engaged at speeds up to 50 mph. As with other 4WD systems, it diminishes payload and tow ratings.

Our test truck was a DX model with the new V6 engine, 2WD and 4-speed automatic, a combination that just might be the most desirable in terms of performance, driveability and price.

Toyota characterizes the T100 as an intermediate-size truck, perhaps to avoid comparisons with V8-powered domestic trucks. However, its dimensions fall within the range of American full-size pickups and it meets that prime full-size determiner: There’s enough room between the rear wheel wells for a sheet of 4 ft. x 8 ft. building material.

The cargo box is 8 ft. long, and there’s no short-bed option. However, the T100’s box does have one useful distinction. The tailgate is easily removable - no tools necessary - to accommodate longer chunks of cargo, such as a sofa.

One other - a big one - is its overall quality. Our test truck was free of flaws inside and out, and its exterior finish was smoothly consistent.

Toyota sets high quality standards with all its vehicles, and this truck is no exception. In 1994, its J.D. Power and associates ratings for Initial Quality and Customer Satisfaction topped the charts.

Interior Features

Like the Dodge Ram, our T100 had a roomy standard cab, wide enough for three on the bench seat with plenty of legroom for the driver and right-side passenger. The center seating position contends for space with the transmission and driveshaft tunnel.

If you want the kind of extra space that goes with an extended-cab model, though, you’ll have to shop elsewhere. This popular variation isn’t in the T100 inventory.

Although it was a little short on interior storage for bulky possessions, our T100 did have some nice touches for small object storage including coin holders that come in handy for drivers who have tollways as part of their daily regimen.

It also included cupholders that pop out of the top of the dashboard. Unfortunately, when they’re out they interfere with the climate controls.

The T100’s adjustable upper seat belt anchors are another nice touch, and belts at all three seating positions automatically retract and lock, providing extra security during sudden stops.

Like most of its competitors, the T100 is equipped with a driver’s airbag as well as side-impact door beams. Rear-wheel anti-lock braking (ABS) is standard.

Overall, we found the T100’s cab a comfortable place to be. The bench seat is firm but nicely padded and includes a fold-down center console/armrest for use when the center seat is empty. Air conditioning and an excellent 3-speaker AM/FM stereo with cassette player, both extra-cost options, made the driving experience more pleasant.

About the only false note inside our test truck was its cheap-looking vinyl headliner and sun visors; they seemed out of step wit the T100’s overall quality.

Driving Impressions

Increased power is the T100ls big story for ’95 and it was apparent the first time we tramped on our test truck’s gas pedal. The ’95 T100 V6 surges forward with more authority than the ’94, and it does so with the same smooth, quiet efficiency.

More power equals better acceleration, better passing performance and a bigger appetite for hard work. Our test truck’s maximum payload rating - 1540 lb. - was about the same as last year, and its towing capabilities were increased by 200 lb.

However, load ratings have more to do with spring rates and the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) than with power. The lighter 4-cylinder version of the T100, for example, has higher payload ratings than the V6. So although its ratings are similar to ’94, the ’95 T100 V6 can handle these loads more easily.

On the other hand, even with its marked improvement in power, the T100 V6 is still only on a par with the basic engines of its competitors. When there’s really heavy work to do, Ford, Dodge, Chevy and GMC all offer optional V8 engines with lots more muscle.

Where the T100 does excel is in ride comfort and handling. We liked the direct feel of our test truck’s power-assisted, rack-and-pinion steering, and its suspension did a very good job ironing out lumps and bumps.

Although high ground clearance limits the T100’s response during quick maneuvers, it’s still more athletic than most trucks in this class - more like driving a car, which seems to have been the engineering priority.

The car-like feeling is enhanced by a quiet interior. The engine is smooth and all but inaudible at ordinary operating speeds.

Summary

Enhanced power certainly adds to the T100’s range of capabilities and puts it on an equal footing with base trucks from the Big Three. It’ll do a better job of hauling loads and towing than the original T100, although we think performance will be pretty deliberate if what you’re towing weighs more than 3500 lb.

Thanks to the new relationship between the dollar and the Japanese yen, the T100 is pricey compared with its Big Three competition. Even though this has an impact on its perceived dollar value, the equation changes somewhat if you factor in top-notch Toyota quality.

With its stronger V6 engine, the T100 becomes more desirable as an all-purpose vehicle. So if your agenda calls for general all-around driving with hauling as an occasional chore, the T100 merits a test drive.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
$13,518
Model lineup:
N/A
Engines:
3.4-liter, DOHC, 24-valve V6¾ 190 hp, 220 lb.-ft.
Transmissions:
N/A
Safety equipment (Standard):
N/A
Safety equipment (Optional):
N/A
Basic warranty:
3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:
Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
N/A
Standard equipment:
N/A
Options as tested:
N/A
Destination charge:
N/A
Gas Guzzler Tax:
N/A
Price as tested (MSRP)
$15,518
Layout:
N/A
Engine:
2.7-liter, DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
150 @ 4800
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
177 @ 4000
Transmission:
5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
21/25 mpg.
Wheelbase:
121.8 in.
Length/width/height:
290.1/75.2/66.7 in.
Track, f/r:
61.6/63.6 in.
Turning circle:
N/A
Seating capacity:
N/A
Head/hip/leg room, f:
39.6/59.4/42.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:
N/A
Cargo volume:
N/A
Payload:
1,540
Towing capacity:
4000 lbs.
Suspension F:
Independent, unequal-length control arms, torsion bars, antiroll bar
Suspension R:
Live axle, leaf springs
Ground clearance:
7.7 in.
Curb weight:
3320 lbs.
Tires:
N/A
Brakes, f/r:
10.9-in. disc/11.6-in. drum w/rear ABS in.
Fuel capacity:
24.0 gal.

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1995 Toyota T100 Truck

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt

Security

Alarm Opt
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1995 Toyota T100 Truck

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

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12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*

7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**

1-year of Roadside Assistance***

160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection

CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportTM****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportsTM are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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