For many years, the compact truck realm was dominated by foreign-built pickups, as even those with American brand names on their tailgates -- Chevrolet LUV and Ford Courier -- were rebadged Isuzus and Mazdas, respectively. The 1982 model year was the one for change, as GM cut ties with the Isuzu-built LUV and introduced the S-10 to the public, beginning a 23-year run for the S-10.
Front Air Bags
The 1993 Chevrolet S-10 did not come standard with front air bags, nor did it have them as an optional feature. This likely had a significant impact on its three-star, driver-side safety rating during a frontal crash and two-star passenger-side rating. The S-10 did not gain a driver-side air bag until 1995, and a passenger-side air bag until 1998.