1989 Toyota 4x4 Truck Specs

by Steve Johnson
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The 1989 Toyota series of 4x4 trucks were different versions of the Toyota Hilux, better known as the "Toyota Pickup" in North America. The most popular amongst them was the sport truck version called the Extracab Sport Rally 5. The SR5 was a rugged yet comfortable pickup, built in response to Chevrolet and Subaru four-wheel-drive pickup trucks of the time. Another popular four-wheel-drive truck model was the Toyota 4Runner. Though used more often as a camper version of the Toyota Hilux, the 4Runner was developed as an SUV.

Trims and Features

The two-door Toyota pickup truck came with front bucket seats and could seat up to four passengers. There were two options available for the pickups: the 103-inch wheelbase short-bed version and the long-bed version with a 122-inch wheelbase. Equipped with an independent torsion bar front suspension, the Toyota SR5 was capable of handling frequent off-road excursions extremely well.

The second version, the Toyota 4Runner, had a removable fiberglass rear roof, giving the compact SUV a pickup option. It came with a double wishbone front suspension and a leaf-spring rear suspension with staggered shock absorbers.

Standard features on the 4x4 trucks were power steering, AM/FM stereo, power brakes, tilt steering, intermittent windshield wipers, and a sliding rear window. Toyota pickups came equipped with a safety Antilock Brake System (ABS) designed for use while in the two-wheel-drive mode. An Automatic Differential Disconnect was also available as an option.

Engines and Performance

The 1989 Toyota 4x4 trucks were available with inline four-cylinder 2.4L engines, or 3.0L V-6 engines. The four-cylinder could deliver 116 hp with a torque of 140 foot-pounds, while the V-6 was capable of 145 hp at 5,000 rpm, generating 180 foot-pounds of torque at 3,650 rpm. Both engine versions came with a standard five-speed manual transmission with overdrive and an option for an automatic four-speed. The standard V-6 SR5 had a robust fuel economy for its power rating, capable of delivering up to 17 mpg under city driving conditions, and 20 mpg on the highway. The I4-powered pickups provided 19 mpg and 22 mpg under city and highway driving conditions.


As of 2010, a 1989 four-cylinder Toyota Pickup can cost between $2,500 and $2,800, depending on the mileage and the condition of the vehicle. A V-6-equipped 1989 Toyota 4Runner can cost between $2,900 and $3,500.

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