As Toyota tries to capture a bigger share in the American market, it came up with a larger pickup truck to compete in the full-size truck segment. The Toyota T100 Pick Up had a bigger size than compact and midsize pickups such as the Dodge Dakota and Ford Ranger but had a smaller frame than full-size American pickup trucks. Although the T100 was reliable and practical, not to mention economical, it wasn’t able to go head-to-head with other successful pickup trucks in the market. Though larger than the Toyota Pickup Truck and the Tacoma, some say that it wasn’t large enough for the full-size segment. The smaller frame, however, was meant to provide a more compact feel. Although it didn’t have the Xtra Cab version initially, this was launched later on. As opposed to the more powerful V8 engine, the 3L V6 engine was meant for increased fuel economy. Despite the issues, the T100 was cited by J.D. Power and Associates as the Best Full-Size Pickup and by Popular Science magazine as the Best of What’s New during the first year it was launched. In its initial year of production, it also became a recipient of the Initial Quality Survey Award. It was also named the Best Full-Size Pickup in Initial Quality in 1994 and 1995, while in 1997, it was cited as among the Top Three Vehicles in Initial Quality-Full-Size Segment by J.D. Power and Associates. Unfortunately, the Toyota pickup failed to gain as much momentum in the sales chart as other successful truck models. When the Ram was released in the market, the sales of the T100 eventually dropped.
1993-1995: The initial release and some changes after a couple of years
The Toyota T100 Pick Up was introduced in the latter part of 1992 and was launched as a 1993 model. The T100 was designed to compete in the full-size pickup segment. At the time of its initial release, the pickup truck had a standard cab and a long bed, no other configuration. It was equipped with a 3L V6 engine that could generate up to 150 hp and 180lb.-ft. of torque. In 1994, a 2.7L I4 engine that could produce up to 150 hp and 177lb.-ft. of torque was included in the lineup. This was meant to attract buyers through better fuel economy and a lower sticker price. A driver’s side airbag was also added. In 1995, the 3L V6 engine was dropped and was replaced by the 3.4L V6 engine in the lineup. This engine could produce up to 190 hp and 220 lb.-ft. of torque. The T100 came out with the Xtra Cab model, while the regular cab 4x4 model had its final year.
1996-1998: Some enhancements until the final year of the T100
During its run, there were only a few major changes done on the T100. In 1996, there were some color changes for this pickup truck. Larger 16-inch rims were used in 4x4 models starting in 1997, and this became part of the T100 lineup. During this time, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) also released a supercharger for the 3.4L V6 engine of the T100, along with other pickup trucks. As much as 260 hp and 250 to 265 lb.-ft. of torque can be obtained through the supercharger. This add-on was offered for 1997 to 1998 T100s. Unfortunately, the Toyota T100 Pick Up was dropped in 1998. This was replaced by the larger Toyota Tundra, which was equipped with a V8 engine.