The Toyota T100 has only been around from 1993 to 1998 but it has firmly established itself in the compact truck market since its debut. With its 8-feet full-size bed, the T100 was Toyota’s first big truck known for having the engine and suspension characteristics of a compact truck. In spite of its short-lived history, Toyota’s T100 was still able to make its mark on the lucrative truck market.
1993: The new truck in town
The Toyota T100 was introduced in 1993 as a new full-size pickup that came with a standard cab designed to compete with the Dodge Ram, Chevy C/K, and Ford F-Series. The first T100 featured a 150-horsepower 3-liter V6 engine with a towing capacity of up to 2,570 pounds.
1994: Safety upgrades
The following year saw major changes for the Toyota T100. Some of the improvements included an airbag for the driver, cargo tie-down hooks for the bed, side-door guard beams, and a center high-mount stop lamp. All base models got a 2.7-liter twin-cam four-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower while the formerly standard rear ABS became optional on base and DX trucks.
1995: Even more upgrades
The T100 pickup went through more changes in 1995. Toyota finally added an extended-cab body style to complete the T100 line-up and the four-wheel antilock brakes were made available only on DX. Additionally, both DX and SR5 grades got the new Xtracab which provided 21.7 more inches of space. The extended cab also featured a front bench seat split in 60/40, forward-facing split jump seats for three in 50/50, and safety belts. Also for this model year, the 3.0-liter V6 engine was discontinued and replaced by a 190-horsepower 3.4-liter V6 with 220 ftlbs. of torque. This was also the last year of the regular 4x4 cab model.
1996: A shade of red
In 1996, a few color changes gave the Toyota T100 a new look. It was offered in a new shade of red and a wider variety of trucks came in tan interiors. For this model year, the regular cabs can no longer be equipped with cruise control. It was also the same year when the DX models were scrapped and the T100 One Ton with a 2480-pound payload capacity was discontinued.
1997: More color choices
The T100 came out in two new colors for this model year. The optional wheel and tire packages were also larger in 16-inch diameters. Toyota’s nearly full-size pickup also had new bucket seats and a 3.4 liter V6 supercharger engine with approximately 245 horsepower and 285 ftlbs of torque. Other changes include radio pre-wiring for the standard models, fabric door panels for the midlevel models, and chrome wheel arches for the SR5 models.
1998: The Tundra takeover
Aside from another few color changes, the Toyota T100 didn’t change much in 1998. It was, in fact, the last year of the T100 which was eventually replaced by the larger V8-powered Tundra.