1989 Toyota Pickup Specifications

by Justin CuplerUpdated July 12, 2023
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When you think about Toyota trucks, typically the Tundra and Tacoma come to mind. Many people do not realize, however, that Toyota began selling trucks in the United States in 1964, with the introduction of the Stout. The Stout was replaced in 1969 by the Hi-Lux and the Hi-Lux was -- in the American market only -- renamed "Pickup" in 1976. The 1989 Pickup was the first year of the final generation of the Pickup name--Toyota changed the name to Tacoma in 1995.

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The 1989 Toyota Pickup -- Motor Trend's "Truck of the Year" recipient -- had two engine options: 2.4-liter or 3-liter. The 2.4-liter produced 102 to 117 horsepower and 132 to 140 feet-pounds of torque, depending on the fuel injection system chosen: EFI, Carburetor or MPFI. The 3-liter produced 150 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 185 feet-pounds of torque at 3,750 rpm. The 1989 Pickup was available with a four-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission.


The 1989 Pickup was considered a compact truck, therefore it was expected to have better economy than its full-sized competitors. The 2.4-liter got 18 to 23 mpg in the city and 20 to 25 mpg on the highway, depending on transmission and drive train options. The 3-liter got 15 to 19 mpg in the city and 18 to 25 mpg on the highway, depending on transmission and drive train options. The 1989 Pickup had three fuel tank options: 13.7 gallons, 17.2 gallons or 19.3 gallons.


The 1989 Toyota Pickup measured 174.4 to 193.1 inches long, 60.8 to 67.1 inches high, 66.5 inches wide and had a 103- to 121.5-inch wheelbase. The truck's curb weight ranged from 2,565 to 3,765 lbs., depending on options selected.


The 1989 Toyota Pickup could seat two to four passengers, depending on options selected. It had 38.3 to 38.6 inches of front headroom, 41.5 to 43.7 inches of front legroom, 53.8 to 55.8 inches of front shoulder room and 54.1 to 54.5 inches of front hip room. When equipped with rear seats, the 1989 Toyota Pickup had 34.7 inches of rear headroom, 55.7 inches of rear shoulder room and 53.4 inches of rear hip room.

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