1986 Chevy Pickup Specs

by Jen N
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The 1986 Chevy pickup classified as a light utility vehicle, LUV, wich was Chevy's response to lightweight pickups from foreign and domestic competitors within the same era. The Chevy pickup was marketed to truck owners not concerned about towing and load capacities of having a full-size truck, but who desired having access to a pickup truck.


The 1986 Chevy pickup truck was a two-door single cab, small pickup truck. It had a capacity of 1,000 to 1,500 lbs., the '86 Chevy trucks didn't have any towing capacity. The '86 pickups had a rear pull-down tail gate and the truck had no rear step. The 1986 Chevy truck had front and rear bumpers, a driver-side mirror with passenger-side mirror and chrome trim. The pickup had a 12.5-foot turning radius and a 103-inch wheelbase. The front wheels measured 17 inches and the rear wheels extended 18 inches.


The 1986 Chevy pickup featured a bench seat, AM/FM radio, plastic dashboard lights, driver and passenger lap belts, adjustable headrests, glove box, power steering, cloth seat or leather upholstery, and ventilation/heating system.

Engine and Transmission

The 1984 Chevy pickup had a 2.5-liter, Iron Duke four-cylinder engine. A 2.5-liter, V-6 electronic fuel injection system became standard beginning in 1986. The two-barrel carburetor rated at 92 horsepower. Iron Duke four was a marked improvement over the prior two-liter four. The larger engine design gave the '86 Chevy a more power during acceleration. The 1986 Chevy truck featured two- and four-wheel drive, four- or six-cylinder, 2.5-liter engines and manual five-speed or four-speed automatic transmission.


The base price for a 1986 Chevy pickup truck was roughly $16,400. The vehicle came in options that included an upgraded radio with surround sound, air conditioning, premium chrome trim, high-performance tires, low-level tinted windows, electronic passenger side mirror.


The 1986 Chevy pickup truck used regular leaded gasoline could reach zero to 60 within 9.5 seconds and a top speed of 123 miles per hour, mpg. On the highway roads, ‘86 Chevy pickups received better gasoline mileage at a rate of 37 mpg than 28 mpg when driven on city roads, according to the Pickup Truck website.

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