A pickup truck is a light weight vehicle with an open-top cargo area in the rear. Toyota pickup trucks have a reputation for being reliable vehicles that run with minimal problems for prolonged periods of time. According to 4X4 Wire, the 1986 model had some new innovations added to it which made it more desirable.
The 1986 Toyota pickup engine was redesigned to produce 150 horsepower with 4,800 RPM. With a 2.4-liter engine, this made for quite a powerful vehicle. It was possible to order models with a four-speed automatic transmission. In this model, if it had a bucket seat, the gear shift was set slightly forward to allow for extra space.
The improvements made to the engine meant that customers noticed that the truck was better able to handle much heavier loads without breaking down or causing problems with the handling of the truck.
The engine changes lead to improved fuel efficiency. According to Fuel Economy.gov, the average fuel consumption on this model was 22 to 26 miles per gallon.
In the first year of production, modifications in the wheel hubs lead to the production of 10-inch rear wheel drums compared to 8-inch rear wheel drums in previous year models. The model was equipped with larger drum brakes to improve breaking and stopping power.
Suspension and Body
A new independent front suspension with torsion bars replaced the old solid front axle in this model. This meant the pickup was a lot more comfortable on bumpy roads with less wheel movement and better steering control when bumps were encountered.
There were three choices of truck body available, an extended cabin model, a one-ton long bed model and a short bed model.
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